Doing the proper research is part of making a smart bet. Yesterday we reviewed the most profitable college football teams and the best coaches to bet against-the-spread. As a follow-up, here are the Power 5 conferences ranked by ATS record.
Note: If there is a big discrepancy in the number of games played for a team that is due to conference realignment. If you would like to see how Missouri has performed in the Big 12 and the SEC, for example, in the last ten years sign-up for a free account!
Atlantic Coast Conference
If this were basketball, Duke being on top of the ACC wouldn’t be as much of a surprise. The Blue Devils are the most profitable team in the conference by a wide margin. The Dukies are often underdogs (42-39 ATS) but make their money as favorites (22-12 ATS, +8.65 units).
Florida State has won three of the last four conference championships but the Noles least profitable team. FSU has been favored in 84.3% of its games and has gone 47-55 ATS in those matchups.
Big 12 Conference
No surprises at the top. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are two of the most profitable teams overall in the last decade and Bill Snyder is the most profitable coach in college football.
Kansas can’t win straight-up (35-71) or against-the-spread. The Jayhawks have had seven straight losing seasons against-the-spread.
Big Ten Conference
The Buckeyes have been the most profitable team in college football over the last ten years. Ohio State has won bettors more money than the rest of the league combined.
The against-the-spread standings look a lot like the straight-up results. Oregon has the best win percentage; Stanford and UCLA are just behind the Ducks. At the bottom is Cal, Colorado and Washington. The one glaring exceptions is USC. The Trojans have the second best straight-up win percentage in the last ten years but the third worst ATS record.
Arkansas doesn’t beat Alabama often; in fact the Razorbacks are on a nine game losing streak to the Tide. Yet, when it comes to covering the spread Arkansas has been superior to its division rival.
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