College Football Betting Tip: Fade the Public in Conference Championship Games
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- Championship Week is one of the most heavily-bet slates in the college football season.
- Using Bet Labs, we share a profitable against-the-spread strategy for wagering on these conference title games.
It is Championship Week. Conference titles and spots in the College Football Playoff are on the line this weekend.
The conference championship games will receive increased handle with eight of the ten title games featuring at least one ranked team, and fewer overall betting options on a small slate.
With an influx of public money concentrated on a handful of games, this seems like a perfect opportunity to bet against the public, but does fading recreational gamblers work in these high-stake games?
Fading the Public in Conference Championships
Betting against the public is one of the most popular and simplest sports betting strategies. The logic is simple: whichever team the public is loading up on, simply bet the other team.
Oddsmakers know which team casual bettors want to wager on — usually favorites and ranked teams. The bookmakers will shade the lines accordingly, creating value on betting against the public.
There is increased value fading the public in heavily-bet games, like in conference championship matchups.
According to Bet Labs, teams getting less than 50% of spread tickets in conference championships have gone 50-37-3 (57.5%) against the spread (ATS) since 2005. Teams getting less than 40% of bets are 28-18-1 (60.9%) ATS.
A Bigger Sample
Fading the public is certainly a profitable strategy in conference title games, but a 90-game sample isn’t huge. We can draw from a bigger pool of games if we look at all neutral-site matchups, which often have the same features as a championship game: increased public action and teams of equal caliber.
In neutral site games, it is also profitable to bet against the public:
- <50% of spread tickets: 412-359-15 (53.4%) ATS
- <40% of spread tickets: 231-184-7 (55.7%) ATS
It is a simple strategy but going against public perception is a contrarian approach to sports betting that returns a profit. Here is an early look at the teams the public is fading in Championship Week.
The betting percentages will change throughout the week so be sure to check our free odds page for updates.