Marc Lawrence

Marc Lawrence has authored thousands of articles expounding on the three primary forms of sports handicapping: Fundamental, Statistical and Technical. To be a successful handicapper, blending all three forms of analysis into the handicapping equation. Marc relies heavily on a proprietary powerful database of scores, stats and results of games played since 1980, both College and Pro Football and College and Pro Basketball.

Marc has been handicapping sports professionally since 1975, having won more documented Top 10 Handicapping Achievement awards than any handicapper in the nation. He won the 2005 STARDUST FOOTBALL INVITATIONAL Contest and was a SEMI-FINALIST in the 2006 $100,000 LEROYS' MONEY TALKS Contest last season. He finished the 2006 season as the No. 1 handicapper in the NFL as documented by SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. Marc also finished No. 1 in the nation in College Football win percentage in 2005 as documented by both the SPORTS MONITOR in Oklahoma and SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. He was named HANDICAPPER OF THE YEAR in 2005 by FOOTBALL NEWS.

In 2008, he finished No. 1 in NFL win percentage according to SPORTS WATCH and also captured 1st place honors in the 2008 PLAYBOOK WISE GUYS CONTEST.

Marc has hosted a national radio show "MARC LAWRENCE AGAINST THE SPREAD" for each of the last 16 years on over 100 stations syndicated in the USA. He is a tireless handicapper who works a minimum 60-hour week during the football and basketball seasons. As a handicapper he firmly believes that three things can happen when you bet an underdog, and two of them are good. He enjoys helping others to become better informed.

Marc married his high school sweetheart 40 years ago and has one son, Marc Jr., who works with him in the industry. Aside from publishing the PLAYBOOK Football Yearbook magazine and Weekly Newsletters, Marc enjoys golf and horse racing.

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Monday, October 25, 2010


Behind the 8-Ball


Game 8 of the College Football season is often a crossroads for most teams. Those who have won more games than they have lost are entertaining thoughts of securing a bowl bid. Those who are reeling and going down for the count are disappointed and their actions on the field confirm those feelings.

According to our powerful database, teams playing Game 8 off three consecutive losses are prime candidates to be dropped into a corner pocket and ignored... especially when they take out as road dogs against an opponent off a loss in this situation. That’s because teams in this scenario are a not-so-pretty 33-63-3 since 1980. This week we’ll be queuing-up against Colorado and New Mexico.



Put them in against a foe off a SU & ATS loss and they dip to 22-47-2ATS. Road dogs of 9 or more points against these same opponents are worse, going 11-35-2 ATS. Both the Rams and Lobos fit the bill this week. And if our qualified ‘play-against’ Game 8 road dog is taking on a .500 or less foe they scratch faster than you can say “break ‘em” - going 1-24-2 ATS. New Mexico figures to get racked this week.

Go ahead. You make the call. 8-ball in the corner pocket for the win!


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Marc Lawrence can also be found at Playbook.com - One Click Handicapping
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Standing 8 Count


Imagine being a 10-plus win team last season and now a losing squad at this stage of the season. How difficult of a job is it for a coach to get his team psyched to play this week, you ask? Plenty.

According to our database, losing teams in Game Eight of the season who won 10 or more game last year are 17-35-1 ATS since 1980. If these same teams allow 21 or more PPG on the season they dip to 10-32-1 ATS.



Two teams on this week’s card figure to take a ‘standing 8-count’, namely BYU and Central Michigan. Talk about being staggered, after winning 23-games combined in 2008, the Cardinals and Owls enter this week with a cumulative 4-10 record!

Worse, if these ‘standing 8-counters’ are facing a foe off a loss in its last game, and they are allowing 21-plus points on the season, they become a 3-15 ATS punching bag. With that, look for BYU to take it on the chin this week. Sound the bell…


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Deep Six


As we continue to extol the virtues of playing with rest during the college football season, let’s expand our look into GAME SIX. It seems teams taking on a conference opponent fare rather well with a breather as evidenced by an overall 141-119-1 ATS in all games since 1980 when playing off a week of rest.

Bring them in off a SU loss and they improve to 81-57 ATS. We find four teams in that role this week, namely: Duke, Kansas, Marshall and Texas.

A rather nice tightener comes about when we bring the opponent in off a win, as GAME SIX rested teams playing off a SU loss are 45-25 ATS when taking on a foe off a SU win. The Marshall and Texas qualify this week.



The best of all roles occurs when our GAME SIX rested team is off back-to-back losses, including a spread loss in its last game, and facing an opponent off a win as these teams are 17-4 ATS! We find Texas awakening to the task this Saturday.

Don’t doze off and fall into a deep sleep this week. Wake up to the fact that there are some ‘devilish’ sides on this week’s card...


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