BetAnySports College Football Betting Recap- Oct 22
Two weeks ago then-No. 2 Georgia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a stunning loss on the road as a touchdown favorite against SEC rival LSU. Going back to Saturday’s results in Week 8, the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes were waylaid by Purdue in a shocking 49-20 loss as 12-point road favorites. These two losses have changed the entire complexion of this season’s race to the four-team College Football Playoff.
Huge upsets happen all the time in college football, so that is why they play the games. Betting on underdogs is also a profitable way to build your overall sports betting bankroll if you get lucky picking and choosing your spots. Through the first eight weeks of overall college football betting trends at BetAnySports, favorites have won 79.2 percent of the time. When you factor in the closing betting spread for all the games, that winning percentage drops dramatically to 48.4. Road teams against the spread have won 51.6 percent of the time and underdogs on the road have won 52.5 percent of all the games with a closing pointspread.
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Betting totals this season has been pretty much the same as flipping a coin, with 259 games going OVER the closing line and 256 games staying UNDER.
Heading into the final weekend of games in the month October ahead of the first CFP rankings, Alabama has cemented its spot at the top of the list with a perfect 8-0 start SU. Even more impressive is the Crimson Tide’s 5-3 record ATS after closing as 22.5-point favorites or higher in each of those first eight contests.
Alabama has this week off to prepare for a Nov. 3 showdown on the road against SEC West Division rival LSU, which has settled in at No. 4 in both national polls. The Tigers’ lone loss of the season was on the road against No. 9 Florida.
The Clemson Tigers have added some validity to their No. 2 ranking out of a very soft ACC with back-to-back victories against Wake Forest on the road and North Carolina State at home by a combined score of 104-10. Their next test should come against whichever team the Tigers face in the CFP semifinals.
Notre Dame remains on the fast track for one of four playoff spots at No. 3 in the updated polls. The Fighting Irish ran their record to 7-0 SU heading into last week’s bye with a 4-3 record ATS. They should be favored to run the table given which teams they will face in their final five matchups on their 12-game slate.
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