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College Football Betting – October Bye Weeks




Jay examines a solid situational edge in college football betting when teams are coming off their bye week.

NCAA football trends betting tipsEvaluating Teams with Early October Bye Weeks

Here is the list of college football teams with October bye weeks during the first two weekends of October, along with their opponents before and after the bye week. In college football, this is a real benefit to the rested and prepared team and especially playing at home, so review the schedule and the post-bye situational system that is usually quite strong.

This is another piece to add to your handicapping arsenal, but know that you still must evaluate the motivation, match-ups, injuries, statistical profiles, adjusted power ratings and betting lines before you blindly bet on these rested teams off a bye.

Note that the following teams play Saturday, Oct. 7 off a bye last week:

Missouri, Michigan, Purdue, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, TCU, West Virginia, Kansas, Virginia, Tulane, Boise State, Toledo, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion, UTSA, UAB, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Louisiana, Idaho

2017 Bye Week Schedule – Early October

Bye Team Conference Pre Bye Post Bye Last year results & Notes
7-Oct Mississippi State SEC at Auburn BYU MSU rushing for 252 YPG in Sept
7-Oct Tennessee SEC Georgia  South Carolina Last 5 yrs vs SC games have been decided by 3 pts or less
7-Oct Indiana Big Ten at Penn State Michigan (HC) 21-straight losses to Michigan
7-Oct Rutgers Big Ten Ohio State at Illinois Blew 27-10 4th qtr lead to Illinois in 2005 in 33-30 home loss
7-Oct UCLA Pac 12 Colorado at Arizona UCLA has won 5-straight over Arizona w/4 by double-digits
7-Oct Arizona State Pac 12 at Stanford Washington ASU 3-2 in Sept allowing 36 PPG. Wash'ton 5-0 allow 11 PPG
7-Oct Oklahoma State Big 12 at Texas Tech Baylor (HC) OKL State has lost 3-str to Baylor
7-Oct Baylor Big 12 at Kansas at Oklahoma State Baylor 0-5 in Sept allowing 36 PPG & 472 YPG
7-Oct Florida State ACC at Wake Forest at Duke FSU 19-0 vs Duke
7-Oct Georgia Tech ACC North Carolina at Miami (Thurs) GT 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in Sept. 2-0 in ACC leads Coastal Div
7-Oct Massachusetts Independent Ohio at USF first ever meeting with USF
7-Oct Wyoming MWC Texas State at Utah State 1-1 last 2 yrs vs Utah State with both 80+ pts scored
7-Oct New Mexico MWC Air Force at Fresno State 1-6 at Fresno State. Did not play last 2 yrs
7-Oct North Texas Conf USA at So. Miss UTSA Lost 3 of last 4 to UTSA
7-Oct South Alabama Sun Belt at Louisiana Tech at Troy So. Alabama 1-4 in Sept & Troy 4-1
14-Oct Kentucky SEC Missouri at Mississippi Kentucky 4-1 in Sept best start
14-Oct Penn State Big Ten at Northwestern Michigan Penn State 5-0 in Sept scoring 207 pts & allowing 47
14-Oct Wake Forest ACC at Clemson at Georgia Tech Wake is 1-5 vs GT in Atlanta with last win in 2002
14-Oct Virginia Tech ACC at Boston College North Carolina (HC) VT beat NC 34-3 LY in a heavy rain
14-Oct Notre Dame Independent at North Carolina USC 1-2 vs USC last 3 yrs with all three scores 63+ points
14-Oct Cincinnati AAC UCF SMU (HC) 2-0 vs SMU in AAC
14-Oct SMU AAC at Houston at Cincinnati  SMU 4-1 SU & 5-0 ATS in Sept ave 48 PPG
14-Oct Ball State MAC at Akron Central Michigan (HC) Lost last 2 to CMU by3 points or less
14-Oct Florida Atlantic Conf USA at Old Dominion North Texas 4-straight losses to North Texas by double digits
14-Oct Louisiana Tech Conf USA at UAB So. Miss La. Tech 3-2 in Sept allowing 16, 17, 22 pts last 3 in Sept
14-Oct Rice Conf USA Army at UTSA Rice 1-4 in Sept & UTSA 3-0 allowing 41 total points
14-Oct Iowa Big Ten Illinois at Northwestern Iowa 10-2 last 12 away games after loss to MSU on Sept 30

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