Last college football season featured a couple of blowouts that made oddsmakers look silly.
How the heck did THE Ohio State, the fifth-ranked team at the time, lose by more than 30 points to Iowa as a three-touchdown favorite? The folks who laid -1000 or higher on the Buckeyes’ moneyline are wondering that same question to this very day.
Before this season begins, take a trip down memory lane to see what other teams have destroyed the spread.
The chart below shows the biggest ATS margins since 2005, with the winning team italicized. The spread and percent of bets refers to the winning team.
Nothing quite like covering by 60 points, is there? Talk about a sweatless game.
The public nailed the record cover from UNLV a few years back, as 75% cashed their tickets with ease. The 80 points UNLV put up is one of eight instances we’ve tracked of an 80+ point game, with Oklahoma State’s 84 in September 2012 being the highest.
Three of the next four massive covers were actually contrarian, making the majority of bettors look foolish and most likely cause them to contemplate their lives on a grandiose scale.
Perhaps Georgia Southern’s 52-0 shutout of South Alabama is still fresh in your memory from last season. Not exactly a huge game by any means, but sometimes the craziest games aren’t the big-conference clashes.
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You’ll also notice that poor old Bowling Green is the only team to be on the losing end of two of these and owner of the worst spread margin on its home turf. Meanwhile, Utah is the only team with two wins on the list.
An interesting thing about this list is that the games encompass a wide range of spreads, from 25-point pooches to 17.5-point favorites. Also, it’s probably random, but the four largest margins and six of the 11 on the list have taken place in the past three seasons.
Will that trend continue and bring us a couple more massive covers this year?