Friendly confines and hometown crowds haven’t helped these college football programs come though against the spread. They have constantly letdown bettors on their home turf over the past five seasons.
Record between 2008-12.
Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-19 SU, 8-18 ATS)
Sports Illustrated recently released a list of the worst coaches in college football and Eagles head coach Ron English was among the bottom five. Eastern Michigan bettors wouldn’t deny that claim, having suffered through a 7-15 ATS home mark in his time in Ypsilanti.
New Mexico State Aggies (7-22 SU, 9-20 ATS)
Aggies backers – if there are any left – are holding out hope that a move from the WAC to an independent will alter the program’s ineptitude against the spread. New Mexico State, which went 2-4 ATS inside Aggie Memorial Stadium in 2012, has a tough sked with Texas, UCLA, and Minnesota headlining.
Akron Zips (7-22 SU, 10-19 ATS)
The Zips had mirror-image home/away ATS records last season, going a profitable 5-1 ATS on the road but just 1-5 ATS at home. Akron was an underdog in all but two of those home games, including an embarrassing loss to UMass as a 14.5-point favorite.
South Florida Bulls (17-15 SU, 11-20-1 ATS)
Skip Holtz is gone and with him his 9-11 SU and 5-14-1 ATS record at home. The Bulls bring in Willie Taggart, who boasted an 8-9 ATS during his three seasons at Western Kentucky. The new Frankenstein AAC adds Memphis and SMU to USF home sked in 2013.
Louisville Cardinals (18-14 SU, 12-20 ATS)
The Cardinals enter 2013 as a dark-horse contender for the national title. Louisville has a solid chance of going undefeated, with a very easy home slate. Last season, UL went 3-4 ATS at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, and that was against much tougher competition. The expectations are high this year and the home pointspreads will reflect that.