2015 Pac-12 Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 26, 2015

The West Coast lifestyle seems to fit the Pac-12 to a tee. 

In the state of Washington alone, there are now two coaches in place who have essentially revolutionized offensive football over the past 10 seasons, namely Mike Leach and Chris Peterson.  You can say the same thing for the state of Arizona, with Rich Rodriguez and Paul Graham leading their version of college football’s offensive revolution. 

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2015 Mountain West Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 20, 2015

The 2015 Mountain West non-conference slate features 22 games against teams that earned bowl berths last season. They face 25 similar opponents during the 2014 campaign. Eight non-conference opponents finished ranked in last year’s final USA Today/Coaches’ and Associated Press Top 25 polls.

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2015 Mid American Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 13, 2015

The MAC has been little more than forage for opponents in bowl games dating back to 2007, as they are just 11-28 SU and 11-27-1 ATS in post season play in that span.

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2015 Independent Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 4, 2015

In just two years roll call among FBS Independent college football teams has been slashed in half from six squads in 2013 to just three as we enter the 2015 season. After a brief one-year romance as Independents, Idaho and New Mexico State shook their Independent status in 2013 and headed out for the sun… the Sun Belt Conference. This season Navy becomes conference affiliated for the first time ever in its illustrious history when it joins the fledgling American Athletic Conference.

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July Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 30, 2015

Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game signal the month of July.  It also signifies the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.  The key to each and every team’s fortune lies on the pitching staff.  Can they sustain or will they unravel like a cheap suit?  Stay tuned.  What we do know is certain pitchers love hurling this time of the season while others tend to get lit up like a roman candle on the 4th of July.

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2015 Conference USA Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 28, 2015

In December last year UAB president Ray Watts announced that he was shutting down the football program, stirring a high level of hatred toward the school's administration. Seven months later Watts asked for and received a mulligan when school boosters agreed to support the program.  As a result the Blazers will re-join the C-USA next season after a one-year hiatus.

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2015 Big 12 Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 22, 2015

The Big 12 has had at least seven bowl teams in 15 of the last 17 seasons.  In addition, over the last six seasons, the Big 12 football conference has had six different teams win a conference trophy. No other peer conference has had as many different champions since 2009.

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2015 Big Ten Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 16, 2015

The 2015 Big Ten campaign will feature 28 All-Conference players from last season, with 11 first-team honorees and 17 second-team selections returning to the field this fall. The first team returnees are comprised of four offensive standouts, five defensive players and two special teams performers. The returning second team picks include seven players on offense and 10 on defense. 

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2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 9, 2015

With 42 ACC players chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft and 47 players selected in the 2015 Draft (including 20 in the first three rounds), the ACC extended its streak to 11 consecutive seasons with 31 or more players selected. Florida State (11) and Louisville (10) lead all schools nationally this season.  It marked the second-straight season the Seminoles sent 11 players off to the NFL.

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2015 American Athletic Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 3, 2015

You know you’ve arrived when your newly formed football conference announces that the first American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be played on championship week the first weekend in December this year.

The 2015 season will be The American’s first in its new 12-team, two-division format, in which each team will play eight conference games. Each team will face the other five teams in its own division as well as three teams from the other division

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June Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / May 31, 2015

May flowers bring June showers, or so the saying goes.  For Major League Baseball pitchers toeing the slab during the month of June, showers are hopefully not in their immediate plans.  Instead, it’s the hope of all MLB starting pitchers to stay around long enough to avoid having to clean up early.

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May Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 30, 2015

For baseball purists May is simply the 2nd month of the 2015 MLB season.  But for die-hard baseball fans, namely those who enjoy handicapping America’s pastime, it signals our annual May Good Month/Bad Month pitchers report.

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NBA Zig Zag Theory

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 16, 2015

In NBA handicapping circles, Zig Zags are trendy applications that have been profitable moneymakers during the playoffs.  The premise is simple: ‘Play On’ a team off a playoff loss in its very next game. 

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April Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 4, 2015

Major League Baseball trades places with March Madness as the sports flavor of the month in April. And as we usher in America's favorite pastime, let's open the season with one of our favorite handicapping angles – good month pitchers.

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NCAA Final Four Out

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 30, 2015

It’s onward to Indy for the Final Four games.  To put the wraps on the 2015 NCAA Tournament, listed below are some interesting trends and angles to as our Fab Four heads off to Nap Town this weekend.  

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Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Round Stats and Facts

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 24, 2015

From the Sweet 16 Tournament Guide here are essential notes and trends of the teams that have arrived.

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SUN BELT CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

GEORGIA STATE was the class of their new league last year before bowing out in overtime in the title game.  Head coach Ron Hunter owns the best backcourt in the loop, led by his soon-to-be NBA 6’6” junior wing R.J. Hunter. The gym rat teams with Louisville transfer Kevin Ware and former Kentucky PG Ryan Harrow to form a lethal combination.

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BIG WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

When Cal Poly managed to cut down the nets as a No. 7 seed in this event last year, it meant the last team to win back-to-back Big West titles was Cal Santa Barbara in 2011. Before that it was Utah State in 2001, and UNLV in 1991.

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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Unlike last year when KENTUCKY took a bunch of pimply-faced freshmen into this event, John Calipari somehow managed to convince the kids to stick around and write NCAA history rather than taking the money and running off to the NBA.

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Standing head and shoulders above all else in this conference, VILLANOVA has the look of an NCAA Final Four team.

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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

This revamped conference has delivered 11 teams to the Big Dance the past two seasons, including six last year, with Dayton making it to the Elite Eight.

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BIG 10 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

The NCAA Tournament committee will have its hands full trying to decide which teams to leave home from the powerful Big Ten conference with as many as nine teams in the loop likely to have 20 wins by the time the nets are cut down in this tourney. 

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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

Another mid-major conference poised to make noise this postseason, the Mountain West actually finds itself taking steps backwards after peaking two years ago.

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PAC-12 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

After being gutted by the NBA in last year’s draft when nine Pac-12 players were taken – including six in the first round – the conference was left with only six teams returning 3 or more starters this season.

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BIG 12 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 8, 2015

With each team in the conference having played one another, and only two teams owning a losing record, this is arguably the most talented loop in the land. 

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