CFB Betting Tip: How to Bet Teams Off a Bye Week


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Sep 18, 2019, 09:25 PM EDT
  • The scheduling for 2019 college football season means teams will have multiple bye weeks throughout the regular season.
  • See what history says about betting teams off a bye, and how it applies to Michigan vs. Wisconsin (12 p.m. ET, FOX).

Did you know …

In most years there are 13 Saturdays from the one before Labor Day until the one after Thanksgiving. But not this year. In 2019, Labor Day fell just one day past its earliest possible date, and Thanksgiving is on its latest possible date.

Why does this matter? Football, of course. Based on the holidays and scheduling we will get one more week of college football, which means a total of 14 instead of the usual 13. Teams will still play 12 regular-season games but will get two bye weeks. The last time we had a double-bye year was 2014.

Bettors are of two minds when it comes to bye weeks in college football. Some gamblers see the extra rest is a positive as it gives players a chance to recover from injuries and affords coaches additional time to prepare for upcoming opponents.

Others think the time off can cause a team to come out flat by getting out of its routine. Which theory is correct?