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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Friday, October 13, 2017

Marc Lawrence Underdog Best Bets Oct 14-15


North Texas over UTSA by 10

Roadrunners looked more like roadkill last week when they fell to Southern Miss as 10-point home chalk. So now they dress up as road favorites? We don’t think so! We warned you last week about UTSA’s phony 3-0 record (all three wins came against winless FBS foes and FCS weakling Southern) and North Texas is a far cut above that ilk, coming off back-to-back wins while scoring 46 and 43 points, respectively. The Mean Green will be eager to make amends for last year’s 31-17 loss at San Antonio, and the intuitive MIDWEEK ALERT informs us that UNT is currently out-stating foes by 110 YPG (they were -98 net YPG in 2016). More good news for the Green: the series host has won and covered three straight, and the ‘Runners arrive with a money-burning 2-6 ATS mark as chalk against avenging foes since joining the FBS, including 0-2 ATS away. And not only is North Texas 6-0-1 ATS in its last seven home dog roles against foes off a spread loss.

NAVY over Memphis by 8

The Middies blew an 18-point halftime lead over Air Force – and the cover – when they had to come from behind to beat the Falcons, 48- 45. Navy was outgained, 621-557, in last week’s 15-rounder against the Force but the swabbies still managed to remain unbeaten. As a result, they become a 5-0 FAT CATS (see last week’s SMART BOX) this afternoon at the Liberty Bowl – but in a good way as ‘dogs’. Now 3-0 in the AAC, the Middies are a leg-and-a-half up on the 1-1 Tigers in the West Division (also cracked this week’s AP Top 25). Meanwhile, Memphis is off to a stumbling 2-3 start in HC Mike Norvel’s second campaign and the Tigers’ 511-yard defense is 95 YPG worse than the Middies. That’s a big deal as the invading Midshipmen sail into port boasting the nation’s top rushing offense. Conference competition has not overpowered Navy, either, as the Mids are an impressive 17-3 SU and 12-6-2 ATS in the AAC since joining the loop in 2015. Our database reminds us that Memphis is 5-18-1 ATS in its last 20 games as single-digit favorites versus foes off an ATS loss. In addition, the Tigers have outstated two of their four opponents this season – Southern Illinois and UConn – while being outgained against UCLA (allowed Bruins season-high 633 yards) and UL Monroe.


KANSAS ST over Tcu by 3 The Froggies outlasted West Virginia in a 31-24 victory last week to stay undefeated, making them a 5-0 FAT CAT fade (see last week’s SMART BOX) here tojavascript:nullo()day. They were also outgained by 101 yards in the win. We’ll go against this 5-0 road favorite as the noose gets tighter and tighter away from home for these undefeated teams this time of the season. Normally, we’d be looking to fade the Wildcats following a double-OT loss at Texas last week, but the 5-0 Fat Cat Frogs – and the fact that KSU head coach Bill Snyder’s kids are not favored here today – puts us on KSU like Jamie Lannister on Cersie. Snyder knows a win here, plus an Oklahoma victory over Texas in today’s Red River Rivalry, puts them in a logjam tie atop the Big 12. Check the status of QB Jesse Ertz, hurt in last week’s Texas contest.


TAMPA BAY over Arizona by 4

Tampa Bay over ARIZONA by 4 If you thought the NY Giants have problems, then get in line behind the Cardinals as well. Bruce Arians’ birds have lost all 5 games ATS this season, while both of Zona’s wins have been in OT. In other words, they could well be 0-5 SUATS. Without star RB David Williams (the league’s top rusher, out for the year) the Cards running game has fallen off the map, averaging just 53 RYPG (worst in the league). The recent pickup of ancient Adrian Peterson from the Saints may help, but it still all falls on the arm and legs of ancient QB Carson Palmer, and that’s not a good formula. Arizona is 1-6 ATS in its 3rd home game of the season, and making matters worse, they are headed to London next week.Like the Rams above, NFL teams are 2-14 SU and 3-10-3 ATS as dogs in games before traveling to Buckingham Palace. The Buccaneers are 6-1 ATS away after scoring 14 or fewer points the last game, and 5-1 ATS following AFC opponents.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Marc Lawrence Best Bet Underdogs Oct 7-8

BYU over Boise St by 6

When the South Point posted its ‘Games of the Year’ lines at the end of May, you would have had to lay 6 points with Kilani Sitake’s Cougars. Now, four months and fi ve games later, the homestanding Cougars check in as 8.5-point dogs. Granted, the 1-4 Cougs appear to have lost their claws after an opening-win scrimmage over Portland State but it’s not like the Broncos have been anything special, losing two games in September for just the third time in 16 years. In fact, the Broncos have struggled mightily under Bryan Harsin, going 18-24-1 ATS in all games, including 3-12-1 ATS the last 16 contests. They’ve also surrendered more yards than they’ve gained this season while allowing 29 PPG, a twist that brings into play our INCREDIBLE STAT on page 3. In addition, the Mormons are 59-12 SU at home the last 12 years (0-2 this season) with only seven losses by more than 7 points. They’re also 3-0 SUATS in games when riding a 4-game losing skid exact. And if you still don’t think these Cougars are eager for this visit from the ‘Boise’ in blue, check out THE CLINCHER: BYU is 8-0 SU and 7-0-1 ATS at home following a SU favorite loss.

LSU over Florida by 7

Go ahead and scoff… we understand. If ever the Bayou Bengals looked ripe for slaughter, it’s NOW. But this trip could also be just what the doctor ordered for the home-stale Tigers – getting away from Death Valley where they’ve failed miserably in each of the last two weeks. The all-knowing database concurs, noting that CFB road dogs off three consecutive ATS losses, the last as a double-digit favorite, are 16-4 ATS if they won 8 or more games the previous season. Florida QB Feleipe Franks takes over for good (we think) from Luke Del Rio, who broke his collarbone last week and is out for the season (the hard-luck Del Rio had undergone two offseason shoulder surgeries earlier this year). However, we think the Florida offense is a fraud and last week’s late gravy cover over Vandy brings value to the play. With leading WR Tyrie Cleveland out today for the Gators with an ankle injury, we remind you that LSU was the 3-point favorite in this game at the South Point in Vegas when they posted their ‘Games of the Year’ plays before the season began. Yes, LSU’s Ed ‘Mushmouth’ Oregeon sucks in games against winning SEC foes, but he is also 4-0 ATS in his career when not favored by 20 or more points games following a SU favorite loss, which ties nicely into THE CLINCHER: LSU is 15-4-1 ATS as a dog following a SU favorite loss, including 12-1-1 ATS when facing a greater-than .700 opponent.


MIAMI over Tennessee by 10

Call this the Chubby Checker special this week – our ‘how low can you go’ ditty. After getting their asses kicked in front of the Queen last week, the road weary Dolphins fi nally return to Miami to host their home opener with more mud on their face than the Kardashians at a press conference. Yes, we’re aware of the fact [we’re the ones reporting it, for god’s sake] that NFL teams are 0-5 SU in their home opener in Game 4 of the season since 1989. But we also know that dogs in home-opening games off a shutout loss are 3-1 ATS since 2000. Better yet, Miami is 25-12 SU in home openers, and also 8-1 ATS in NFC sandwich games. Meanwhile, the Titans are 3-12-1 ATS before facing the Indianapolis Colts, 1-5 SUATS in their last six games against AFC East opponents, and 2-8-1 ATS away following the Houston Texans. The bottom line, though, is there is no better elixir in the NFL than red-faced humiliation. And the red Fish are frying. THE CLINCHER: NFL non-division dogs off a shutout loss are 34-10 ATS against .500 or less opponents since 1980, including 8-0 ATS versus foes off a SU favorite loss.

SEATTLE over LA Rams by 13

If history has a say in this game – and it usually does – it could be argued that the wrong team is favored today. The surprising Rams, who haven’t been to playoff game since 2005, adorn themselves with favorite’s clothing for the 4th time this young season, on the heels of last week’s upset win at Dallas knowing they are 1-5 ATS at home between away games, and 1-5 ATS in division games following consecutive away games. Enter the postseasontested Seahawks, a playoff squad each of the last fi ve seasons, who are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in games before their bye week the last fi ve seasons, as well as 16-7 SUATS following an AFC opponent, including 5-0 ATS as a dog. Yes, the success of the Rams has been pleasant, but an 11-30-2 ATS mark since 2012 by 1st-year coaches that fi nd themselves favored in games following a SU underdog win has not. And fi nally to rest our case.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Marc Lawrence College & Pro Best Underdogs SEP 29-30

College Picks

IOWA ST over Texas by 6

With October knocking on the door, it’s time to get serious in the league where they run for fun (not to mention cars, houses for their parents and the hottest girls on campus) as no less than 41 conference games dot the Week 5 slate. It begins in Big 12 country as Tom Herman and the visiting Longhorns look to build on a promising effort they put forth two Saturdays ago in a 27-24 overtime loss at USC. However, we’re not fully hooked on Herman’s ‘Horns just yet, and certainly won’t be ‘feeling the love tonight’ for them with Marc’s BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW article going googly eyes over the Cyclones. Our well-oiled machine is also looking to court the hosts as it notes their 8-0-1 ATS mark as dogs of 16 or fewer points against sub .500 foes and 6-1 ATS log in weekday play. We should also point out that Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is 6-2 ATS as a home dog, including 3-0 ATS versus less than .800 opposition. Meanwhile, Texas is a ‘vagabond-like’ 1-4 SUATS in their last fi ve tries as conference road chalk. Worse, road teams playing with rest off an overtime loss are just 12-16 ATS all-time, including 0-3 SUATS against foes that scored 38 or more points in their last game. Still looking to back the wide-eyes wanderers? Better check out THE CLINCHER: Tom Herman is 0-7 ATS as a conference favorite when his team is not coming off a win of 29 or more points.


While we didn’t show any love for the Cougars from Provo, the ones from Pullman are a different story. Like Iowa State, Mike Leach’s men take center stage in this week’s BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW article. Even if the restless warriors (1-6 SU in this series since 2006) didn’t garner that gossip (who needs the New York Post’s iconic Page Six when you have the Playbook’s Page Two?), we could certainly ‘Leach’ onto a squad whose coach is 15-5 ATS as a dog versus undefeated foes, including 9-1 ATS with Washington State, and a Top 10 ranked stop-unit that owns over 100 YPG the stingier defense. Our database also claws with the Cougars as Wash State is 6-1 ATS in Game Five of the season while the Trojans are 1-6 ATS in Game Five, an unprotected 1-4 ATS in weekday affairs and 3-7 ATS after clashing with Cal. All that and there’s still room for THE CLINCHER: USC is 7-26 ATS as a road favorite following a win against .500 or greater foes off a win, including 0-9 ATS the last nine.

PRO Picks

Baltimore over Pittsburgh by 11

Talk about a team with a chip on its shoulder – meet the Baltimore Ravens. After a 2-0 start to the season, they were little more than jesters in their game last week in London where they dropped the ball in a 44-7 loss as 3-point favorites to Jacksonville. Before jumping off the bandwagon, though, it should be noted that teams off a non-division spread loss of 40 or more points in which they surrendered 44 or more points in the loss are 10-2-1 ATS in follow-up affairs, including 8-0-1 ATS when seeking revenge against that day’s opponent. Toss in Pittsburgh’s 4-9 SU and 4-7-2 ATS in this series since 2011, including 0-3 ATS the last three games away, along with Baltimore’s 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in division games following the Jaguars, and it appears that ‘Chip’ should be coming to play today. And, by they way, there is also THE CLINCHER: NFL teams returning from London are 8-2 SU and 9-0-1 ATS since 2015.

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