College Football Teams With Best ATS Records in 2020 Betting

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Andrew Doughty Sep 17, 2021, 8:15 AM

Alabama dominated on the field en route to their sixth national championship since 2009. The Crimson Tide also dominated at the sportsbook, routinely obliterating college football spreads as they racked up blowout wins.

College football betting might’ve been different in 2020 as cancellations, postponements, and opt-outs dominated the most bizarre season in the sport’s history. There were still, however, thousands of betting opportunities, including bets against the spread (ATS). And when you bet on Alabama to cover the spread in the regular season, you won a lot and only lost once.

Nick Saban and the Tide covered the spread in all but one of their 11 regular-season games, tying them with three other teams – BYU, Clemson, and Notre Dame – for the second-most ATS wins in the country. Only Coastal Carolina (11-0) posted a better ATS record in 2020. And the Chanticleers led all teams (min. five games played) in average cover plus-minus, i.e., the average number of points by which a team covers each game. Their plus-minus was plus-13.9.

Some of the worst teams in college football weren’t as successful in the books. Nine teams failed to cover a spread the entire season, a group led Louisiana Monroe, who went a staggering 0-10 against the spread. Elsewhere, Kansas was 0-9 (on the field and in college football betting), Vanderbilt was 0-9, and UNLV was 0-6.

Here are the full college football ATS records in 2020:

TeamATS RecordATS +/-
Coastal Car11-0-0+13.9
Alabama10-1-0+6.8
Clemson10-1-0+1.1
BYU10-1-0+8.2
Notre Dame10-1-0+3.1
Cincinnati9-0-0+8.3
LA Lafayette9-1-0+2.2
Liberty9-1-0+7.8
Army9-2-0+2.1
Texas A&M8-1-0+2.6
Oklahoma8-2-0+1.6
Miami (FL)8-2-0+1.3
N Carolina8-3-0+1.5
NC State8-3-0+2.4
Florida8-3-0-0.0
App State8-3-0-2.1
Iowa State8-3-0+4.2
San Jose St7-0-0+12.1
Marshall7-2-0+0.9
Georgia7-2-0-0.3
Oklahoma St7-3-0-1.4
S Methodist7-3-0-5.2
Memphis7-3-0-5.3
TX-San Ant7-4-0+6.9
GA Southern7-5-0-1.0
Ohio State6-0-0-1.2
Ball State6-1-0+6.5
Indiana6-1-0+12.9
Tulsa6-2-0+7.8
Nevada6-2-0-0.5
Iowa6-2-0+11.5
Northwestern6-2-0+4.8
Central FL6-3-0-2.0
Texas6-3-0+2.4
UAB6-3-0+0.5
Auburn6-4-0+1.4
TX Christian6-4-0+2.6
Boston Col6-5-0+3.3
Pittsburgh6-5-0+2.0
Tulane6-5-0+8.3
Buffalo5-1-0+6.2
USC5-1-0+0.2
Boise State5-2-0-3.0
Fla Atlantic5-3-0-2.9
W Virginia5-4-0+0.2
LA Tech5-4-0-1.1
Georgia State5-4-0+2.3
Virginia5-5-0+0.2
LSU5-5-0-1.5
Missouri5-5-0+0.5
Troy5-6-0+0.3
W Kentucky5-6-0-3.4
VA Tech5-6-0-5.4
Colorado4-1-0+3.3
W Michigan4-2-0-1.9
Stanford4-2-0+0.5
Toledo4-2-0+0.8
Oregon4-2-0-3.4
San Diego St4-4-0+3.2
Wake Forest4-4-0+6.2
Hawaii4-4-0-3.2
Penn State4-5-0-5.5
North Texas4-5-0-7.6
Mississippi4-5-0+1.1
Kansas St4-6-0-0.6
Kentucky4-6-0-0.3
Texas Tech4-6-0-7.3
Arkansas St4-7-0-4.0
S Alabama4-7-0-1.7
Louisville4-7-0+2.0
Washington3-1-0-6.4
Kent State3-1-0+1.1
Utah3-2-0+0.2
Wisconsin3-3-0-2.8
Fresno St3-3-0-2.3
Central Mich3-3-0+1.8
Air Force3-3-0+7.4
Minnesota3-4-0-2.6
Houston3-4-0-3.8
UCLA3-4-0+5.7
TX El Paso3-5-0+3.0
Nebraska3-5-0-4.4
Florida St3-6-0-7.8
Middle Tenn3-6-0-5.9
E Carolina3-6-0+4.7
Rutgers3-6-0+5.6
S Mississippi3-7-0-5.9
Miss State3-7-0-1.8
Arkansas3-7-0+3.3
Tennessee3-7-0-4.8
Navy3-7-0-7.8
GA Tech3-7-0-4.0
Ohio2-1-0+0.2
Miami (OH)2-1-0+0.2
Arizona St2-2-0+15.4
Maryland2-3-0+4.9
Rice2-3-0+10.2
Michigan2-4-0-11.5
Purdue2-4-0-5.8
E Michigan2-4-0+2.7
Wyoming2-4-0+1.2
Charlotte2-4-0-4.1
Michigan St2-5-0-6.5
Oregon St2-5-0+2.6
New Mexico2-5-0+2.4
Illinois2-6-0-1.9
Baylor2-7-0-2.1
S Carolina2-8-0-5.3
Duke2-9-0-8.8
Texas State2-10-0+1.9
Wash State1-3-0-2.5
Colorado St1-3-0-8.0
California1-3-0-4.9
Akron1-5-0-4.8
Utah State1-5-0-7.5
Temple1-6-0-9.4
S Florida1-8-0-5.2
Syracuse1-10-0+3.7
N Illinois0-6-0-2.4
U Mass0-4-0-1.5
Florida Intl0-5-0-8.1
Arizona0-5-0-12.1
Vanderbilt0-9-0-2.7
Bowling Green0-5-0-13.3
LA Monroe0-10-0-9.2
UNLV0-6-0-5.4
Kansas0-9-0-9.2

 

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