In the last 10 years, Alabama has dominated college football. The Crimson Tide have won the most games (119) and titles (4). Yet, Nick Saban’s program hasn’t been the most profitable. Which team has been the best bet?
Temple is college football’s most profitable team in the last decade. The Owls have been a great bet as underdogs going 43-20 ATS, +20.5 units. Temple won ten games in each of the last two seasons and went 20-5 ATS, +13.6 units.
Ohio State is a perennial title contender and a consistent cover. The Buckeyes have been favored in 105 of 118 regular season games in the last ten years (+8.51 units). Where the team really shines is as underdogs. Take Ohio State plus the points when you get a chance. In the last ten years the team is 10-3 ATS, +6.73 units in the regular season plus the points.
Other notable teams: Oklahoma ranks 11th (+11.6 units), Oregon 12th (+10.3 units), Alabama 15th (+9.3 units), Florida 34th (+4.3 units).
Last year the Eagles of Eastern Michigan won 7 games. It was the program’s first winning season since 1995. EMU went 9-3 ATS in 2016 but remains the least profitable against-the-spread team in the last ten years.
It’s not just bad teams that cost bettors money. Texas A&M hasn’t had a losing season since 2009 but the Aggies are 15 games under .500 against-the-spread (-17.4 units) in the last ten years.
Other notable teams: Michigan ranks 11th (-15.7 units), Notre Dame 21st (-12.4 units), LSU 37th (-8.9 units) and Florida State 42nd (-8.2 units).
A team’s against-the-spread record in the last ten years isn’t predictive of future results but it is fun trivia with the college football season just around the corner.
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