Covering the college football pointspread on the road either takes a ton of talent or for a bad team to be a little bit better than oddsmakers’ expectations. That’s what we’ve discovered after digging up the best NCAAF road bets over the past five seasons.
Records from 2008-2012. Includes away, neutral-site and bowl games.
Boise State Broncos (32-3 SU, 26-9 ATS)
Teams fear the “Smurf Turf” in Boise but bettors should have just as much respect for the Broncos when they hit the road. Since joining the Mountain West Conference, BSU is 13-1 SU and 10-4 ATS away from home. Boise State opens the schedule with a trip to Washington in Week 1 as a 3-point underdog and is a 3-point pup at BYU in Week 9.
Alabama Crimson Tide (29-4 SU, 24-9 ATS)
The Crimson Tide have lost just eight games over the past five years and have been especially stout on the road. Despite three national titles in the last four seasons and mountains of chalk, Alabama holds its value thanks to NFL-ready talent and Nick Saban’s unrelenting approach. According to the Golden Nuggets’ odds, Bama is an average favorite of 20 points for its five available road spreads.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-22 SU, 21-9-2 ATS)
You don’t have to compete for a BCS bowl to be a solid road bet. The Hilltoppers’ road record is proof of that. Western Kentucky went 6-1 ATS away from home last season, including a 35-0 beating at the hands of Alabama which stayed within the 38-point spread. WKU plays three of its first four games on the road in 2013.
UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (14-21 SU, 25-10 ATS)
UL Lafayette has undergone a transformation the past two seasons after struggling to gain traction in the Sun Belt between 2008-2010. The Ragin’ Cajuns won nine games while posting an 8-5 ATS mark in 2012. But even before then, ULL was making money on the road. In 2010, when the Cajuns won just three games, they still posted a profitable 6-1 ATS record on the road.
Stanford Cardinal (19-14 SU, 22-10-1 ATS)
The Cardinal seem to be a constant quiet contender in the Pac-12 and have been at their best in enemy territory. Stanford is 16-3-1 ATS on the road over the past three seasons – 82.5 percent – including a 5-1 ATS road mark last year. Stanford is a favorite in all but one of its four conference road tilts, getting one point at Southern Cal in Week 12.
Bowling Green Falcons (17-18 SU, 23-11-1 ATS)
Ball State Cardinals (18-17 SU, 24-11 ATS)
Ohio State Buckeyes (18-9 SU, 18-8-1 ATS)