College Football Betting Tip: How to Bet Bad ATS Teams the Following Year


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Aug 12, 2019, 03:15 PM EDT
  • Eight teams finished with three or fewer wins against the spread (ATS) in 2018.
  • Using Bet Labs, we look at how last year's worst ATS teams have performed for bettors the next season.

Louisville got trucked by Alabama in last year’s season opener, 51-14. The game was never close as the Tide easily covered as 23-point favorites. The poor performance on the field and at the ticket window foreshadowed the Cardinals’ season, as they managed just two wins and were the worst team in college football against the spread (ATS), finishing 1-11.

Louisville wasn’t the only team to let down gamblers in 2018. According to Bet Labs, eight programs finished with three or fewer ATS wins.

Casual bettors aren’t quick to forget and may be tempted to fade these underperforming teams this fall, but history suggests bad ATS teams will bounce back for bettors.