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:
|Team||ATS Record||ATS +/-|
|San Jose St||7-0-0||+12.1|
|San Diego St||4-4-0||+3.2|
|TX El Paso||3-5-0||+3.0|