Best and Worst NCAA Football Teams Against the Spread

There are just three weeks until the kickoff of college football. The NCAA football season will begin in late August, but odds makers are furiously updating lines and adjusting futures as the big opening kickoff approaches.

When making decisions on what teams to bet on each week, bettors must look at the volumes of information available on the Internet on each team.

In college football, there are often lines that can be hard to choose, as there is some much information to digest.

Last season 9 teams in college football covered the spread in 10 or more games. That is the most in a single season in the past decade.

Both Missouri and Auburn covered the number in 12 games last season according to Bovada and topbet. In 2009, the Florida Gators, the national champions were the only other college team to cover in 12 games over the past ten seasons.

Bowling Green, Colorado State, Houston, North Texas, Navy, Florida State and Duke all covered the spread in 10 games during last season, according to betonline and sportsbook.com.

In the past 10 years, only 46 teams have covered the number in a minimum of 10 games during a single season. Just 18 of the 46 were above .500 ATS the previous season.

Auburn, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Central Michigan and Missouri are the only NCAA teams that have had at least 10 wins ATS in two different seasons over the past 10 years.

The Mountain West, ACC and SEC each produced 6 teams with 10 ATS wins the most of any of the conferences.

Teams that cover the spread in 10 plus games in one season from 2004 to 2012 combined to go 233-276-10 ATS the next season, which was just a 46% winning percentage.

Just 15 NCAA teams during the last 10 years have recorded a minimum of 10 losses ATS in one season. Three teams – UTEP, Eastern Michigan and California – failed to win at a minimum of 10 games ATS last season.

There are many theories as to why there are fewer teams that have 10 or more losses ATS versus teams than had 10 or more ATS wins.

However, the most common reason is there are fewer games. Teams that have a tendency to struggle against the spread to an extreme, also almost always will struggle as well straight up.

Therefore, they likely do not reach a conference championship or bowl game. UTEP, Cal and Eastern Michigan were a combined 5-31 SU and 6-30 against the number in 2013.

Among the bowl teams last season, Georgia was the worst ATS with a record of 3-8-1.

All this information is enough to keep the most diehard bettor busy for days. However, time is ticking away as the NCAA football season will soon start and bettors will be lining up at the windows or sitting in front of their computer or tablet screens making their weekly wagers.

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