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College Football Betting Preview – September Bye Weeks




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

Evaluating Teams with Early-Season September Bye Weeks

The college football season kicks off this weekend, and the full slate of games begins the following week over Labor Day weekend. I have outlined the college football September bye week schedule along with each team's pre and post-bye opponents. In NCAA football, this can be a real benefit to the rested and prepared team, and especially later in the season. In college football betting, when playing at home off a bye, there is a solid situational edge when playing an opponent that is not off a bye.

College football betting trendsThere are plenty of situations and profiles to consider as you evaluate these bye teams, knowing too that in some seasons past, this base situation favoring home teams off a bye has produced better than 65% against the spread (ATS). In conference action, this becomes a stronger sub-set and especially later in the season for a team playing at home.

We'll review more as the season moves along, but recognize college football scheduling situations and take note of teams off a bye, and those playing at home that may also have additional motivation that includes significant redemption.

This is another piece to add to your handicapping arsenal, but know that you still must evaluate the match-ups, motivation, injuries, statistical profiles and betting lines before you blindly bet on these rested and ready teams off a bye. The linesmaker has made more adjustments in recent seasons to the bye week situation, but there are still good opportunities available when you factor in all the information above.

Bye Team Conference Pre Bye Post Bye
2-Sep Stanford Pac 12 Rice at USC
2-Sep Rice Conf USA Stanford at UTEP

9-Sep Texas Tech Big 12 Eastern Wash'ton Arizona State
9-Sep Air Force MWC VMI at Michigan
9-Sep Georgia State Sun Belt Tennessee State at Penn State
9-Sep Coastan Carolina Sun Belt Massachusetts at UAB

16-Sep Arkansas SEC TCU Texas A&M
16-Sep Michigan State Big Ten Western Michigan Notre Dame
16-Sep Maryland Big Ten Towson Central Florida (UCF)
16-Sep Navy AAC Tulane Cincinnati
16-Sep Hawaii MWC at UCLA at Wyoming
16-Sep UNLV MWC at Idaho at Ohio State
16-Sep Eastern Michigan MAC at Rutgers Ohio

23-Sep Mississippi SEC at Cal at Alabama
23-Sep Wisconsin Big Ten at BYU Northwestern
23-Sep Northwestern Big Ten Bowling Green at Wisconsin
23-Sep Minnesota Big Ten MTSU Maryland
23-Sep Illinois Big Ten at USF Nebraska
23-Sep Oregon State Pac 12 at Washington St Washington
23-Sep Texas Big 12 at USC at Iowa State
23-Sep Kansas State Big 12 at Vanderbilt Baylor
23-Sep Iowa State Big 12 at Akron Texas Ithurs)
23-Sep BYU Independent Wisconsin at Utah State (Fri)
23-Sep Connecticut AAC at Virginia at SMU
23-Sep East Carolina AAC Virginia Tech USF
23-Sep Colorado State MWC at Alabama at Hawaii
23-Sep Fresno State MWC at Washington Nevada
23-Sep No. Illinois MAC at Nebraska at San Diego State
23-Sep Marshall Conf USA Kent State at Cincinnati
23-Sep Southern Miss Conf USA at ULM North Texas

30-Sep Missouri SEC Auburn at Kentucky
30-Sep Michigan Big Ten at Purdue Michigan State
30-Sep Purdue Big Ten Michigan (HC) Minnesota
30-Sep Utah Pac 12 at Arizona Stanford (HC)
30-Sep Arizona Pac 12 Utah at Colorado
30-Sep Oklahoma Big 12 at Baylor Iowa State
30-Sep TCU Big 12 at Oklahoma St West Virginia
30-Sep West Virginia Big 12 at Kansas at TCU
30-Sep Kansas Big 12 West Virginia Texas Tech (HC)
30-Sep Virginia ACC at Boise State Duke
30-Sep Tulane AAC Army Tulsa
30-Sep Boise State MWC Virginia at BYU (Fri)
30-Sep Toledo MAC at Miami, FL Eastern Michigan (HC)
30-Sep Western Kentucky Conf USA Ball State at UTEP
30-Sep Old Dominion Conf USA at Virginia Tech Florida Atlantic
30-Sep UTSA Conf USA at Texas State Southern Miss
30-Sep UAB Conf USA at North Texas Louisiana Tech (HC)
30-Sep Appalachian State Sun Belt Wake Forest New Mexico State (HC)
30-Sep Arkansas State Sun Belt at SMU at Georgia Southern (Wed)
30-Sep Louisiana Sun Belt ULM at Idaho
30-Sep Idaho Sun Belt at South Alabama Louisiana

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