Welcome to one of the most innovative tools you will find on any sports betting forum, OddsTrader’s NCAA Football ATS Standings & Trends. Upon landing, you will find four main tabs to use during the college football season. You will be able to see any team, from any of the conferences where the oddsmakers are offering betting lines. Now it is up to you to determine whether you will click on the Odds, ATS Standings, Futures, or Power Rankings tab.
Your best bet is to explore all of them but below we will focus exclusively on the tab labeled ATS Standings and go step-by-step to break down the NCAAF ATS Standings & Trends for those who want to take advantage of every available tool when betting college football this season.
ATS means Against The Spread. Whenever you see bookies offer lines on a game it is most commonly a point spread But here we will focus on the point spread for those who might be unfamiliar or new to betting on college football.
If either is the case, then you must understand what a point spread is and how it works. Let us present a real-life example. On December 5, 2020, the Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to meet their Big 10 East Division rivals, the Michigan State Spartans. The oddsmakers understood this was a mismatch, therefore, in order to give anyone a reason to bet the Spartans they would have to give Michigan State a huge head start.
In this case, the point spread showed the Buckeyes as 22-point favorites which simply means if you bet Ohio State they would have to win by more than 22 points to collect your investment plus your winnings. Conversely, if you were inclined to take the points and bet Michigan State then they needed to either win the game outright (unlikely) or lose by less than 22 points. If Ohio State was to win by exactly 22 points then it would be a tie, also known as a “push” in the sports betting vernacular, which means all bets are off and everyone receives their initial wager back as though it never happened.
When this game was finished, the Buckeyes claimed a 52-12 victory which means they won by 30 points. And because 30 is greater than 22, all those who bet Ohio State won their wagers while those who backed the Spartans lost. It is that simple so don’t be intimated by point spreads.
The second of four tabs is the ATS Standings tab, found to the right of the Odds tab. Once you click here, you will find the top 100 D-1 teams ranked in terms of their record against the spread, also known as ATS. The records you find here are not those of their straight-up win/loss records but rather their record in covering or not covering the spread.
The team with the best ATS record is ranked 1st all the way down to the 100th team with the worst ATS record. This allows the user to review each team and whether it has been a money-maker or a money-burner for the betting public. But we should caution that every streak comes to an end, therefore, if a team has gone unbeaten against the spread or has yet to cover the spread, it doesn’t mean the outcome in their next match will be the same. With that, let’s dissect this valuable tool below.
As we look at the ATS Standings we see the logo of the team on the left, then the team’s rank and name of the team. Underneath the name of the team, we will see how they fared in their last five lined games as illustrated with a green W or a red L signifying ATS wins and losses. If we see four green W’s it means they covered their last four games. If we see cover three straight but their last game was an ATS cover.
Under those icons, you will see the word “Next”. This lets you know the date, the team they will be facing in their next game, and where. You will likely see a number associated with their next opponent. This number signifies where the opponent is in the ATS standings.
Therefore, if the No. 1 ATS Standings team is playing the No. 24 ATS Standings team then we know there are 23 spots separating the two teams (24-1=23) which is why the opponent would be -23. This can be another valuable tool in assessing the matchup and how the teams have fared against the spread. If one side has substantially outperformed its opponent vis a vis the ATS Standings then that could be yet another important aspect to consider when wagering.
We can see four columns listed as ATS, Diff, Away, and Home.
The first column, ATS, is of course the team’s record against the spread. As we know the point spread can be the difference between winning and losing your wager because not all teams that win on the scoreboard, betting windows.
The second column is Diff, which means the average number of points by which the team covers the spread (negative numbers are no-cover). This gives the bettor an idea of how dominating, or not, a team has been vis a vis covering the point spread.
Our third and fourth columns are Away and Home which delineates the team’s records on the road and at home as it pertains to the point spread, not winning outright. As you may know, Alabama had one of the most historically dominating college teams of all time in 2020 and went 13-0, capturing another national title during head coach Nick Saban’s illustrious reign.
However, if you look them up on our ATS Standings page you will see that Alabama was ranked 14th on this list with a 9-4 ATS record and recorded a pedestrian 3-3 ATS record away while a superb 6-1 ATS mark at home.
The ATS Standings tab defaults to “spread”, therefore, you might not have noticed it but above the words “Team Rank” at the top left of the page you will see the word “spread” in a dropdown menu. If you click on “spread’ you will see two other options, Money and Total. This section deals with Money, as opposed to the point spread which we covered above. You will also note that the four columns are SU (Straight Up), Units, Away, Home.
Before we go on, understand that a is simply betting a team without having to worry about them covering the point spread if betting the favorite. But while you won’t have to give up points to bet the favorite, you will have to risk more money than the standard 10 percent when betting either side of a point spread. Let’s illustrate this concept with an example.
On October 24th, 2020 Rutgers traveled to meet Michigan State. The oddsmakers made the Spartans 9.5 point home favorites which means you could bet the Spartans -9.5 at $110 to win $100. Or you could bet Rutgers +9.5 at $110 to win $100. Simple, right?
However, if you wanted to bet Michigan State just to win the game outright without having to cover the spread then the bookies offer what is called The higher the point spread, the higher the amount you will be asked to risk on the favorite. Conversely, if you decide to bet the underdog without getting the points then you will get a higher payout if they win the game outright.
In this case, the Scarlet Knights went into Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, and rolled out with a 38-27 upset on the road! In this matchup, Michigan State was -380/+300 which means if you wanted to bet MSU straight up you would have to risk $380 to win $100 but if you smelled an upset in the making then you would have wagered $100 to win $300 on Rutgers.
As you can see, Alabama was the only undefeated team in the nation but they were so heavily favored that if you bet one $100 for the sake of this discussion, the return was so low that you would have only made $138 the entire season as illustrated by the 1.38 units under the Units column.
The Away and Home columns reveal what each team’s record was (straight up not ATS) away and home. In the case of Alabama we see that under the SU column is 13-0, then under the Units column is 1.38, under the Away column is 6-0 and then 7-0 under the Home column. It’s as easy as that!
The same dropdown menu above Team Rank has Spread, Moneyline, and lastly Total. The total is also known as the over/under which is the combined score for both teams playing. If the total (or over/under) is 46 and the two teams playing combine for more than 46 points then we can say that the game went over the posted total. However, if those same two teams combine for under 46 points then the game is said to have gone under the posted total.
The four columns for the Total dropdown menu show O/U, AP O/U, Away, and Home. The first column, O/U, merely shows the first number as the number of games that team was involved in that went over the posted total while the second number shows how many went under. In the 2020 season, we see that Alabama had an O/U record of 9-4 which means nine of their 13 games went over while four went under.
The second column, AP O/U, is simply the Action Points, or the average number of points that games went over and the average number of points the games went under in which that particular team was involved.
If you click on any team, you will see another block of information slide from the right of your screen. This gives the user detailed information about the upcoming matchup. The default is “odds” where the best online sportsbooks reveal their point spreads and totals for that particular game. You will see a dropdown menu that says “Game” which will allow you to see the odds on the entire game, halves, or quarters.
But there is much more information about the game than just that. You will notice six tabs on the new screen which are, from left to right, the following: matchup, prediction, odds (the default tab), line history, injuries, and weather.
The Matchup tab reveals each team’s ATS records, straight up records, straight up units, and over/under. And as we scroll down we can see all the statistical offensive and defensive information such as average points scored, total yards per game, yards per play, passing yards per game, Completions-Attempts, Yards Per Passing Play, Sacks-Yards Lost. We then see the stats for rushing yards, penalties, kickoffs, punts. It is all there and more.
Conversely, if we click the defensive tab we see average points allowed, total yards allowed, yards per play, passing yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, 1st downs, red zone efficiency, penalties, and so much more data that will provide you all the information for the homework you must do when you’re betting to win on a routine basis.
The Prediction tab, to the immediate right of the Matchup tab on the special window, discusses predictions on the game in question. Simple, right?
The Odds tab is the default tab that comes up first and is third to the right. We have already discussed that tab at the beginning of this “Click the Team” section.
The Line History tab allows you to see where the line has gone. Now you will see three dropdown menus here which say, “spread”, “game”, and “MGM”. Click the spread and you will find options for where the line has Click the “game” and you will see where the line has gone on the game, the first and second halves, as well as the individual quarters if you so choose. The last tab, “MGM”, shows you line movement from the MGM but you can also see below it once you click the tab there are several other online books that show their line movements. Pick the online book you want!
The fifth to the right is the Injuries tab which lists the injured players for each team and their status for the upcoming game.
The Weather tab is the last one and it tells the user what the temperature will be on game day as well as wind direction and strength, and the chance of rain. in determining which side to bet.