College Football Betting Trends to Know for Week 1: Irish Haven’t Won At Ohio State Since FDR Was In White House

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  • College football action continues with all the key betting trends from Week 1 games
  • It’s been 87 years since Notre Dame won a game at Ohio State
  • Utah State is getting 41.5 points at Alabama. What’s the way to play this spread?

How’s this for a college football betting trend?

The last time the Notre Dame Fighting Irish went into the land of the Buckeyes and put a beating on the Ohio State Buckeyes, FDR was serving the first of his four terms as US President. The school was barely five years removed from the tragic death of legendary Irish coach Knute Rockne in a plane crash.

Speaking of making a point, the Utah State Aggies are getting 41.5 of them as they visit Tuscaloosa to face the Alabama Crimson Tide. So you gotta take the Aggies and the points, right?

Yeah, maybe not.

Elsewhere, it’s been decades since the Boston College Golden Eagles landed upon anything but success against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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Irish Won’t Be Dotting Any I’s

Granted, Notre Dame and Ohio State isn’t a rivalry that is rich in college football tradition. This will be just the seventh meeting between these two traditional powers, so establishing college football betting trends between them isn’t an exact science.

However, what is known is that when Ohio State plays Notre Dame, the Buckeyes get one up on the Irish. Notre Dame won the first two meetings – 18-13 at Columbus on November 2, 1935 and 7-2 at home on October 21, 1936.

Since then, it’s been all Ohio State. The Buckeyes, 17-point favorites over the Irish on Saturday, September 3 (4:30 pm ET, ABC), have won four in a row, all by margins of 13 or more points.

Ohio State comes into this game holding the #2 ranking, and that’s also bad news for the #5 Fighting Irish. Notre Dame is 2-11 straight up in the team’s last 13 games against schools ranked in the top 10. This is including a 44-28 loss to #7 Ohio State on January 1, 2016 in the Fiesta Bowl. That was the previous meeting between the two schools.

Roll With Tide A Safe College Football Betting Trend

Almost six touchdowns. That’s how much of a margin of defeat that #1 Alabama is being projected to inflict upon Utah State on Saturday (7:30 pm ET, SEC Network). Seems like a lot of points, no?


Alabama giving this many (and more) points to an underdog is not all that uncommon. More often than not, the heavy underdog gets rolled over by a Crimson Tide.

Since 2018, college football betting trends show Alabama has been favored by 30+ points in 14 different games. The Crimson Tide is 8-6 against the spread in those games. However, when favored by 41.5 points or less in that span, Alabama is 6-2 ATS. In other words, bet the Aggies +41.5 at your own peril.

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Rutgers In A BC Rut

There was a bit of a renaissance at Rutgers last season. The Scarlet Knights went 5-8. On the surface, that seems unimpressive. However, considering Rutgers was a combined 12-45 over the previous five seasons, it was a step in the right direction.

That doesn’t mean the Scarlet Knights have solved all of their issues. Far from it. There’s a little matter of the dilemma that is Boston College, for example.

It feels like it’s been since BC since Rutgers beat Boston College. In fact, it isn’t. However, the Golden Eagles have won 11 in a row since they played a 7-7 tie in 1994.

Overall, BC is 13-0-1 straight up in the past 14 games against Rutgers. The last win by the Scarlet Knights over the Golden Eagles was in 1991. Rutgers hasn’t won at Boston College, where they’ll be on Saturday (12:00 pm ET, ACC Network), since a 17-6 verdict in 1986.

The Golden Eagles are 7-point home favorites to keep this success story rolling.

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Author: Renee Castillo