2015 College Football: Week 1 Betting Recap

The 2015 College Football season is underway and although there are still 2 games remaining this week (Purdue/Marshall and Ohio State/Virginia Tech) we’ll take a look at the betting recap for Week 1:

-Let’s start with the biggest moneyline upset—> Portland State defeating Washington State on the road 24-17. Portland State was +31 on the spread and closed at +5250 on the moneyline, meaning a $100 bet netted $5,250. Other big upsets included North Dakota (+700 moneyline), Fordham (+400), FIU (+336), and Northwestern (+310).

-Highest O/U of the week was 80.5 between Eastern Washington and Oregon. The game easily went over the total with Oregon winning 61-42.

-Largest Spread of the week was Colorado State -51. They ended up covering by a point, winning 65-13.

-Conference USA posted the best ATS record of the weekend, going 8-3 ATS. Sun Belt was the worst, going 2-8 ATS.

-Last season we tracked the worst ATS teams of 2013 (teams with 3 or fewer ATS wins) to see if they improved in 2014. In 2014, those same teams went 69-59 ATS.  This season we’ll be tracking the worst ATS teams of 2014 and so far they have gone 4-2 ATS this season.  

-Bad Beats/Crazy Endings: Kansas was expected to be the worst team in the country with the lowest Season Win Total (1.5) of any team. Down by 3 to South Dakota State, Kansas attempted to spike the ball to stop the clock but fumbled instead, running the clock and ending the game. Kansas opened -5 and closed +2 on the spread:

BYU/Nebraska was another ending which impacted the moneyline and total. With BYU trailing 28-27 and without their star QB, they threw a hail mary with no time on the clock, sending the game over the closing total of 59 but just under the opening total of 61.5:

Major injuries:

Terrel Hunt (QB for Syracuse) is out for the season with a torn Achilles

Taysom Hill (QB for BYU) is out for the season with a fractured foot

Tarean Folston (RB for Notre Dame) is out for the season with a torn MCL

James Conner (RB for Pitt) is out for the season with an MCL injury

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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