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- Seven ranked college football teams started the season playing road or neutral-site games.
- Using Bet Labs, we analyze how top 25 teams perform in Week 2 home openers.
Alabama started the season away from home playing Duke in Atlanta. Auburn took on Oregon at AT&T Stadium in the only matchup of top 25 teams in Week 1. In a true road game, Georgia traveled to Nashville to play conference foe Vanderbilt.
In all, seven ranked teams began the 2019 college football season on the road or in a neutral-site game. Not counting the matchup of ranked teams, these programs went 5-0 straight up (SU) and 4-1 against the spread (ATS).
After a strong start to the season, casual bettors will jump on each of these teams … and why not? Following road games, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin will play their home openers this weekend.
Playing their second game of the season at home has its advantages — no travel and the support of fans. It is easy to see why the public would want to chase their wins in Week 1.