Super Bowl MVP Curse

By: Marc Lawrence / Feb 6, 2016

When it comes to the post season, NFL quarterbacks winning the league MVP award is akin to the jinx associated with Heisman Trophy award winning bowl teams, as these teams have struggled since the inception of the Super Bowl in 1967. 

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NFL Championship Round: Q & A

By: Marc Lawrence / Jan 21, 2016

It’s Championship Week in the NFL and with it two teams are one win away from playing in Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, February 4.  Like most football fans nationwide, everyone has an opinion on the teams that figure to advance.  Our database does, too.

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NFL Divisional Playoff Pointers

By: Marc Lawrence / Jan 14, 2016

Since the inception of the 12-team NFL playoff format in 1990, the top two seeds in each conference have enjoyed the luxury of an added week of rest while hosting Wild Card winners in the Divisional Round from the previous week. Let’s see what history tells us about this round in the playoffs.

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Wild Card Round: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

By: Marc Lawrence / Jan 7, 2016

Don’t look now but the 2015 NFL season is in the rear view mirror and with it the start of the Wild Card playoff games begins this Saturday.  Let’s take a look at some of the best, and worst, trends surrounding this weekend’s card. Here’s a brief capsule of the teams and noteworthy trends

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New Year’s Day Bowl Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 30, 2015

Let’s take a look at what’s trending this New Year’s Six bowl card, compliments of the 2015 PLAYBOOK College Bowl Stat Report.

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An NBA Christmas

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 24, 2015

With presents stacked under the Christmas tree, here's my gift to you, for all NBA fans to see.
With the Cavs and Warriors taking off in flight, a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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NFL December Team Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Dec 3, 2015

Before backing teams on the blind it might serve you well to read up on the trends and tendencies of teams from December past. With that being said, here is this year's list of good and bad teams to keep an eye on this month.

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NFL November Situational Team Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Oct 29, 2015

If Halloween - or the first two months of the NFL season - failed to deliver more treats than tricks during October, it's time we turn the calendar to November for some delectable team trends. Listed below are some Good, Bad and downright Ugly trends compiled by NFL teams throughout the month of November. Remember, unlike ghosts and goblins, these have stood the test of time dating back to 1990.

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NFL October Situational Team Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Sep 30, 2015

With the MLB World Series underway, and the NBA set to start at the end of the month, October is a great month for sports fans alike.  But nothing surpasses the excitement of the NFL and College Football during the month of October.

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NFL September Situational Team Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Sep 13, 2015

The pig is finally in the air.That means it is now September and with it an array of NFL handicapping team trends are suddenly in play for fans and 'players' alike.

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September Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Sep 1, 2015

Like the notches in our belt after a tasty Labor Day barbeque, MLB rosters have expanded to accommodate September, the final month of the season. And as College Football and the NFL crash onto the scene, MLB pitchers take the final spotlight in hopes of leading their teams on to the playoff trail. 

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2015 NFC Division Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Aug 25, 2015

Speaking of the NFC last year, rested teams in the NFC performed at a poor rate last season, going just 7-15 SU and 6-16 ATS overall, including the post season. They were particularly disturbing as dogs (0-10 SU and 1-9 ATS) and when playing in games off a loss (2-10 SUATS). 

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2015 AFC Division Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Aug 17, 2015

The AFC stands 120-138-1 SU and 123-127-9 ATS in non-conference clashes against the NFC the past four seasons.  They have gone 148-109-2 ‘Over’ in those games, including 91-61-2 ‘Over’ when playing as a dog.

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2015 Sun Belt Conference Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Aug 9, 2015

Owners of four consecutive seasons with no less than nine victories - including four straight New Orleans Bowl wins in four years under head coach Mark Hudspeth – Louisiana Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajuns have become the one constant in the ever-changing Sun Belt Conference.

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2015 SEC Football Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Aug 3, 2015

Twelve of 14 SEC teams hired at least one offensive or defensive coordinator this offseason.  The only two teams that did not have a change in the coordinator ranks this offseason were Alabama and Ole Miss. 

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August Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 31, 2015

With the MLB trading deadline officially closed, and the NFL preseason whetting our pigskin palates, the month of August sets the table for the stretch run of the baseball season.  Which pitchers can we count on to satisfy our tastes, and which ones figure to sour our stomachs? Take a look below.

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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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