Marc Lawrence @Covers_Experts
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Congratulaions to all who joined Marc for a great run in this year's World Cup games. We concluded the World Cup on a an impressive 24-10-1 winning run while clsong with a net profit of $9,334. He will return after the MLB All Star break to stat another win skein on the base paths. Meanwhile be sure to check out his in depth College Football Conference Betting Previews for the 2018 season!
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2018 MAC Football Betting Preview
Jul 15, 2018
The MAC has disappointed in bowl games, especially the past 10 seasons as they are just 15-41 SU and 18-36-2 ATS overall.
2018 Conference USA Football Betting Preview
Jul 8, 2018
For the first time since the 2011-2012 season, Conference USA Football will feature the same configuration of teams competing for the league championship in consecutive years, each playing eight conference games, along with four non-league contests.
2018 Big 12 Conference Betting Preview
Jul 3, 2018
Of the ten teams currently residing in the Big 12 only Oklahoma owns a winning record against all other foes, posting a 421-147-24 all-time mark. Only Texas (312-141-10) and West Virginia (36-31) sport overall winning records against the same ilk.
Age: 69 – or closer to 50 than 90
Years in handicapping: I began handicapping professionally in 1975. Developed a love for the profession as a student in high school, where I met my beautiful wife and have been happily married since.
Achievements in handicapping: Through countless hours of hard work, determination, and my trusted database, I’ve been fortunate enough to win more documented Top 10 Handicapping Achievement Awards than anyone in the nation (over 500). More recent accomplishments include 9 winning seasons in last 10 years combined on the NFL and College Football gridiron (suffered first losing season in nine years in 2016). As a result I also had a string of 10 consecutive winning seasons in the NFL snapped that year as well. In addition I established an NFL season-long record going 28-9 during the 2014 regular season campaign as documented by the Sports Monitor in Oklahoma. Other top achievements include winning the 2008 Playbook Football Wise Guys Contest and the No.1 ranking in NFL Win Percentage in 2008 (by SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas), Playbook Football Wise Guys Contest Best Bet Champion in 2007, No.1 ranking NFL Win Percentage (by SPORTS MONITOR in Oklahoma City) in 2006, and No. 1 ranking in College Football in 2005 (by SPORTS MONITOR in Oklahoma). I was also fortunate enough to win the prestigious STARDUST INVITATIONAL FOOTBALL CONTEST in 2005. In addition, I was named HANDICAPPER OF THE YEAR in 2005 by FOOTBALL NEWS. Reached the semifinals of the 2006 LEROYS MONEY TALKS CONTEST and the quarterfinals of the 2007 LEROYS MONEY TALKS CONTEST. I also managed to establish a personal best 16-game win streak in MLB on the Covers site prior to the 2011 All-Star break.
Biggest win of the year: It would have been really difficult topping our 10* College Football Game Of The Year play on Michigan State (+16.5) over Ohio State, and our 10* NFL Game Of The Year selection on Atlanta (+7) over Carolina - both straight-up underdog winners – in 2015. But last season’s 10* Game Of The Year winning call on Auburn (+6), another straight up winner over Alabama, was special as it snapped a 34-game regular season win skein by the Crimson Tide.
Biggest loss of the year: As rewarding as our call on Auburn was it was difficult watch our 10* NFL Game of the Year call on the Pittsburgh Steelers either lose by a half point, or push, against New England last season. The game ended in the controversial “no-catch-call” by WR Jesse James, a rule that was subsequently changed this season by the NFL. Ouch.
Why you like Covers Experts: Knowing that handicapping is an accumulation of edges, I find great statistical resources provided on the site to be a huge factor when it comes to gathering pertinent data. In addition, reading articles and ‘Steamwire’ releases from other ‘Experts’ helps to put as many sound, logical edges in your favor as possible. Hands down it is a tremendous handicapping tool.
Favorite page to use on Covers.com: I find myself gravitating mostly to the ‘Statistics’ reports provided daily within each sport. Whether it’s statistics, stories, injuries, box scores or anything handicapping-related, I know I can find it on the site. We’re only as smart as the amount of solid information we gather.
Systems used for handicapping: I write a weekly NFL column for the USA TODAY Sports Weekly and have authored thousands of articles, while illuminating on the fact that three primary forms of sports handicapping exist. Those are Fundamental, Statistical and Technical. To be a successful handicapper one must be a well-rounded handicapper, meaning it’s critically important to blend all three forms into the handicapping equation. I rely heavily on a powerful database that allows me to query scores, stat and results of games played since 1980 in College and Pro Football, along with College and Pro Basketball. By being able to identify and recreate identical situations, and checking them against the database, I have come to rely on similar results created by this technical ‘cause and effect’. It’s like Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back you can look the farther forward you can see.” Applying these findings to statistical and fundamental matchups makes for a solid handicap. By applying ‘value’ to the handicap we learn to win in the long run. And winning, in the long run, is what it’s all about.
Game Ratings: I rate my games on a weighted star (*) basis. They include: 1* - leans, reserved primarily for free or opinion plays. 3* - medium premium selection plays, 4* - strong premium selection plays, 5* - very strong selection plays, 7* Top Key Plays, and 10* - extremely strong Top Most Valuable Plays (MVP). Please play accordingly... and good luck, as always.