College Football Teams With Best ATS Records in 2020 Betting

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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM 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:

Team ATS Record ATS +/-
Coastal Car 11-0-0 +13.9
Alabama 10-1-0 +6.8
Clemson 10-1-0 +1.1
BYU 10-1-0 +8.2
Notre Dame 10-1-0 +3.1
Cincinnati 9-0-0 +8.3
LA Lafayette 9-1-0 +2.2
Liberty 9-1-0 +7.8
Army 9-2-0 +2.1
Texas A&M 8-1-0 +2.6
Oklahoma 8-2-0 +1.6
Miami (FL) 8-2-0 +1.3
N Carolina 8-3-0 +1.5
NC State 8-3-0 +2.4
Florida 8-3-0 -0.0
App State 8-3-0 -2.1
Iowa State 8-3-0 +4.2
San Jose St 7-0-0 +12.1
Marshall 7-2-0 +0.9
Georgia 7-2-0 -0.3
Oklahoma St 7-3-0 -1.4
S Methodist 7-3-0 -5.2
Memphis 7-3-0 -5.3
TX-San Ant 7-4-0 +6.9
GA Southern 7-5-0 -1.0
Ohio State 6-0-0 -1.2
Ball State 6-1-0 +6.5
Indiana 6-1-0 +12.9
Tulsa 6-2-0 +7.8
Nevada 6-2-0 -0.5
Iowa 6-2-0 +11.5
Northwestern 6-2-0 +4.8
Central FL 6-3-0 -2.0
Texas 6-3-0 +2.4
UAB 6-3-0 +0.5
Auburn 6-4-0 +1.4
TX Christian 6-4-0 +2.6
Boston Col 6-5-0 +3.3
Pittsburgh 6-5-0 +2.0
Tulane 6-5-0 +8.3
Buffalo 5-1-0 +6.2
USC 5-1-0 +0.2
Boise State 5-2-0 -3.0
Fla Atlantic 5-3-0 -2.9
W Virginia 5-4-0 +0.2
LA Tech 5-4-0 -1.1
Georgia State 5-4-0 +2.3
Virginia 5-5-0 +0.2
LSU 5-5-0 -1.5
Missouri 5-5-0 +0.5
Troy 5-6-0 +0.3
W Kentucky 5-6-0 -3.4
VA Tech 5-6-0 -5.4
Colorado 4-1-0 +3.3
W Michigan 4-2-0 -1.9
Stanford 4-2-0 +0.5
Toledo 4-2-0 +0.8
Oregon 4-2-0 -3.4
San Diego St 4-4-0 +3.2
Wake Forest 4-4-0 +6.2
Hawaii 4-4-0 -3.2
Penn State 4-5-0 -5.5
North Texas 4-5-0 -7.6
Mississippi 4-5-0 +1.1
Kansas St 4-6-0 -0.6
Kentucky 4-6-0 -0.3
Texas Tech 4-6-0 -7.3
Arkansas St 4-7-0 -4.0
S Alabama 4-7-0 -1.7
Louisville 4-7-0 +2.0
Washington 3-1-0 -6.4
Kent State 3-1-0 +1.1
Utah 3-2-0 +0.2
Wisconsin 3-3-0 -2.8
Fresno St 3-3-0 -2.3
Central Mich 3-3-0 +1.8
Air Force 3-3-0 +7.4
Minnesota 3-4-0 -2.6
Houston 3-4-0 -3.8
UCLA 3-4-0 +5.7
TX El Paso 3-5-0 +3.0
Nebraska 3-5-0 -4.4
Florida St 3-6-0 -7.8
Middle Tenn 3-6-0 -5.9
E Carolina 3-6-0 +4.7
Rutgers 3-6-0 +5.6
S Mississippi 3-7-0 -5.9
Miss State 3-7-0 -1.8
Arkansas 3-7-0 +3.3
Tennessee 3-7-0 -4.8
Navy 3-7-0 -7.8
GA Tech 3-7-0 -4.0
Ohio 2-1-0 +0.2
Miami (OH) 2-1-0 +0.2
Arizona St 2-2-0 +15.4
Maryland 2-3-0 +4.9
Rice 2-3-0 +10.2
Michigan 2-4-0 -11.5
Purdue 2-4-0 -5.8
E Michigan 2-4-0 +2.7
Wyoming 2-4-0 +1.2
Charlotte 2-4-0 -4.1
Michigan St 2-5-0 -6.5
Oregon St 2-5-0 +2.6
New Mexico 2-5-0 +2.4
Illinois 2-6-0 -1.9
Baylor 2-7-0 -2.1
S Carolina 2-8-0 -5.3
Duke 2-9-0 -8.8
Texas State 2-10-0 +1.9
Wash State 1-3-0 -2.5
Colorado St 1-3-0 -8.0
California 1-3-0 -4.9
Akron 1-5-0 -4.8
Utah State 1-5-0 -7.5
Temple 1-6-0 -9.4
S Florida 1-8-0 -5.2
Syracuse 1-10-0 +3.7
N Illinois 0-6-0 -2.4
U Mass 0-4-0 -1.5
Florida Intl 0-5-0 -8.1
Arizona 0-5-0 -12.1
Vanderbilt 0-9-0 -2.7
Bowling Green 0-5-0 -13.3
LA Monroe 0-10-0 -9.2
UNLV 0-6-0 -5.4
Kansas 0-9-0 -9.2

 

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