College Football Betting Trends- 2012 ATS Winners and Losers
Everyone knows that Alabama and Notre Dame finished as the top two college football teams in the nation last season with the Crimson Tide making sure that we all know which team was the best. As impressive as their combined straight-up record of 24-1 in the regular season was, these two teams were actually no bargain to wager on last year with a combined 13-12 against the spread.
The following is a brief look at the top moneymakers in college football last season ATS as well as a look at a few teams that proved to be major drains on the bankroll.
Top 2012 Moneymakers
The two teams at the top of this list were the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten and the Mountain West’s Fresno State Bulldogs. Each team played 12 regular season games and each covered the spread 11 times. They both happened to finish with a 9-3 record SU and the total stayed UNDER in six of 11 games.
The tie-breaker goes to the Wildcats with a 34-20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl as 1.5-point favorites. The Bulldogs were crushed by SMU 43-10 as 13-point favorites in last year’s Hawaii Bowl.
A close second to these two teams was the Utah State Aggies, out of the Western Athletic Conference. They went 10-2 SU in the regular season and covered in 10 of 12 of the games with one game ending as a PUSH. The total stayed UNDER in eight of 11 games with a posted line. The Aggies finished the season on a high note by waxing Toledo 41-15 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as 10-point favorites.
A few of the other top moneymakers ATS last season were San Jose State at 10-2, Kent State at 10-2-1, Kansas State and Penn State at 9-2-1 and Northern Illinois at 9-2-2.
Top 2012 Bankroll Busters
The following are a few teams that bettors should have avoided at all costs and if they did not, it ended-up costing them dearly. The team at the top of this dubious list was the ACC’s Virginia Cavaliers. It was a tough year all around for the Cavaliers with an overall SU record of 4-8 and just two SU victories in the ACC, but where they really took it on the chin was ATS at 2-9-1. The one bright spot was covering in a season-ending 17-14 loss to rival Virginia Tech as 9.5-point underdogs on the road.
Speaking of the Hokies, they were one of 11 teams that were just a tad better ATS at 3-9. Fellow ACC foe Florida State joins Virginia Tech in this group, but at least the Seminoles had a winning season SU at 11-2 as opposed the Hokies disappointing 6-6 SU mark.
Another notable team in this group was USC, which actually began the 2012 season ranked No.1 in a number of preseason polls. That run for a national title never materialized and to go along with a 3-9 record ATS, the Trojans stumbled to a 7-5 record SU.
Two teams that actually had worse SU records at 1-11 were the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12 and the WAC’s Idaho Vandals. A close second at 2-10 SU were the SEC’s Kentucky Wildcats and the Big Ten’s Illinois Fighting Illini.
The other four teams that proved to be a major money drain at 3-9 ATS were Southern Mississippi, California, Air Force and Nevada.
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