2010 NCAA Football Trends: Week 3 Cheat Sheet

September 14th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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The third week of the college football season right around the corner! The Bankroll Sports handicapping experts will have their key releases ready for you this weekend. We will also have key props and other free picks on the blog. But first, we we will have you take a look at the important college football trends and team history for the upcoming week 3 ncaa football matchups. Take a look at some of the big matchups and the series history and other important NCAA football trends for each of these games. 

Thursday, September 16th: Cincinnati Bearcats @ North Carolina State Wolfpack
NCAA Football Trends of Note
-The Bearcats are 6-2 ATS in their L/8 Thursday Night Football appearances
-Cincinnati has failed to cover seven straight overall
-NC State is 9-3-1 ATS in its L/13 at home

Series History
First meeting

Friday, September 17th: Kansas Jayhawks @ Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
NCAA Football Trends of Note
-The Jayhawks are just 2-9 ATS in their L/11 overall
-Kansas is only 2-6 ATS in its L/8 against C-USA foes
-Southern Miss is 4-1 ATS in its L/5 following an SU win

Series History
These two teams met for the first time last season in Lawrence, and my, was it a heck of a fight! Southern Miss ended up losing 35-28, but it had no trouble pushing KU to the limit and deservedly earned a cover against an 11.5 point spread.

Friday, September 17th: California Golden Bears @ Nevada Wolfpack
NCAA Football Trends of Note
-Cal is 6-13 ATS in its L/19 road games
-The Wolfpack are 26-12 ATS in their L/38 home games
-The Golden Bears are 6-1 ATS in their L/7 played in September

Series History
The Golden Bears have only played Nevada once before, cashing in on a 33-15 victory in Berkeley. That game was way back in 1996 though, so there isn’t much in the way of a history of note.

Saturday, September 18th: Maryland Terrapins @ West Virginia Mountaineers
NCAA Football Trends of Note
-Maryland is 2-5-1 ATS in its L/8 road games
-West Virginia is only 5-12 ATS in its L/17 overall
-The Mountaineers are only 3-12 ATS in their L/15 against the ACC

Series History
These two teams met every season for quite awhile, but they haven’t clashed on the gridiron since 2007. The Mountaineers have covered three straight in this series and have won four straight SU. The favorite is 9-4 ATS in the L/13 meetings of these two close rivals. The winning team has scored at least 31 points in nine of the L/10.

Saturday, September 18th: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ North Carolina Tar Heels
NCAA Football Trends of Note
-G-Tech has covered six of its L/7 games played in the ACC
-The Yellow Jackets are 18-8-1 ATS in their L/27 following an ATS defeat
-North Carolina is 5-2-1 ATS in its L/8 following a bye week

Series History
North Carolina had covered every spread in this series from 2004 to 2008, but it had only won two of those five games. The Jackets came up with a huge 24-7 win last year which helped propel them to the ACC Coastal championship. The home team has won six of the L/7 SU.

Saturday, September 18th: Arkansas Razorbacks @ Georgia Bulldogs
NCAA Football Trends of Note
-The Hogs are 6-1 ATS in their L/7 following an ATS win
-Georgia is 4-10 ATS in its L/10 home games
-Underdogs that were ranked last week went 0-4 SU and ATS

Series History
Georgia hasn’t been beaten in this series since 1993, but the Bulldogs are only 4-2 ATS in those six games. The last time these two squads met “Between the Hedges” was back in 2005, when Arkansas nearly pulled off the outright upset as 17.5 point underdogs, losing 23-20.

Saturday, September 18th: Florida Gators @ Tennessee Volunteers
Trends of Note
-The Gators are 11-3 ATS in their L/14 road games
-Tennessee is 6-2 ATS in its L/8 games on grass
-The Vols are 7-3 ATS in their L/10 SEC duels

Series History
The Gators are back to their old ways of dominating this series, just as they did for seemingly the entire 1990s. They have won five straight overall in this series, but the Vols did a great job last year of sticking in front of the 30 point spread in a 23-13 defeat in the Swamp. The Volunteers were smoked here 30-6 two years ago.

Saturday, September 18th: Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Washington Huskies
College Football Trends of Note
-The Huskers are 6-1-1 ATS in their L/8 outside of the Big XII
-Washington is 5-1 ATS in its L/6 home game
-The Huskies are 4-1-1 ATS in their L/6 against the Big 12

Series History
These two teams played home and home series in both 1991-92 and 1997-98. Both teams have ultimately won one game at home and one on the road in this series, but the favorite is 3-1 ATS in the four encounters.

Saturday, September 18th: Air Force Falcons @ Oklahoma Sooners
College Football Trends of Note
-Air Force is 6-2 ATS in its L/8 games overall
-The Sooners are 12-3-1 ATS in their L/16 played in September
-OU is 0-4 ATS in its L/4 following an ATS win

Series History
Air Force has already felt the wrath of the Sooners once before in life, getting stomped 44-3 in Colorado Springs. That was the first and only meeting to date between these two schools.

Saturday, September 18th: Alabama Crimson Tide @ Duke Blue Devils
College Football Trends of Note
-Alabama is 8-2 ATS in its L/10 road games
-The Crimson Tide are 13-5 ATS in their L/18 played on grass
-Duke is just 16-34-1 ATS in its L/51 home games

Series History
Alabama knocked off the Dookies 30-14 in 2006 in Tuscaloosa, but the guests had no problem covering the 26.5 point spread. This will be just the second meeting of these two squads.

Saturday, September 18th: USC Trojans @ Minnesota Golden Gophers
College Football Trends of Note
-USC is 9-1 ATS in its L/10 vs. the Big Ten
-The Trojans are just 2-8 in their L/10 overall
-Minnesota is 3-7 ATS in its L/10 against teams with a winning record

Series History
First meeting

Saturday, September 18th: BYU Cougars @ Florida State Seminoles
College Football Trends of Note
-The Cougs are 8-2 ATS in their L/10 following an SU loss
-Florida State is 6-1-1 ATS in its L/8 after scoring 20 points or less in a game
-The Noles are 1-6 ATS in their L/7 games at Doak Campbell Stadium

Series History
Last year, the Seminoles marched into Provo and beat the snot out of the Cougars 54-28 in a big upset. FSU has won all three lifetime meetings between these two schools, including a 29-3 win at a neutral site in 2000 and proved victorious in a 44-28 triumph in 1991. The Noles are 2-1 ATS in the three clashes.

Saturday, September 18th: Clemson Tigers @ Auburn Tigers
College Football Trends of Note
-The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 games following a win by at least 20 points
-Clemson is just 2-6 ATS in its L/8 against the SEC
-Auburn is 1-5-1 ATS in its L/7 against the ACC

Series History
These two teams met in the Peach Bowl in 2007, with Auburn trumping Clemson in this Tiger battle 23-20 in overtime. Auburn also beat Clemson in 1998 in a bowl game as well. This is the first regular season meeting of these two teams.

Saturday, September 18th: Boise State Broncos @ Wyoming Cowboys
College Football Trends of Note
-The Broncos are 9-4 ATS in their L/13 against the MWC
-Wyoming is 4-12-1 ATS in its L/17 home games
-The Cowboys are 9-3 ATS in their L/12 overall

Series History
Boise has taken on the Cowboys four times since 2002 with great success in terms of SU wins. The Broncos are 4-0. However, the Smurf Turf boys are only 1-3 ATS against Wyoming, going winless ATS since the 2002 meeting.

Saturday, September 18th: Texas Longhorns @ Texas Tech Red Raiders
College Football Trends of Note
-The Longhorns are 0-4 ATS in their L/4 following an SU win
-Texas is 0-5 ATS in its L/5 against teams with a winning record
-Texas Tech is 4-1 ATS in its L/5 home games against teams with a winning road record

Series History
The Red Raiders have covered the L/2 in this series, including that epic 39-33 win over Texas in 2008. The home team has won seven of the L/8. The Longhorns haven’t covered a spread in Lubbock since 2004.

Saturday, September 18th: Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Michigan State Spartans
College Football Trends of Note
-Notre Dame is 3-10 ATS in its L/13 overall
-The Spartans are just 2-6-1 ATS in their L/9 overall
-The road team is 8-1 ATS in these two teams’ L/9 meetings

Series History
We’ve already mentioned how strong the road team has been in this rivalry. However, the Spartans have covered three straight in spite of the fact that a two game winning streak was stopped with last year’s 33-30 loss in South Bend.

Saturday, September 18th: Mississippi State Bulldogs @ LSU Tigers
College Football Trends of Note
-The Bulldogs are 9-4 ATS in their L/13 games in September
-The Tigers are 2-8 ATS in their L/10 following wins of at least 20 points
-LSU is 5-15-1 ATS in its L/21 games played in the Bayou

Series History
The Bulldogs have covered three of the L/4 in this series after nearly a decade of gold and purple dominance. Still, MSU hasn’t won a game in this rivalry in well over ten years, a trend which the Dawgs hope to reverse on Saturday.

Saturday, September 18th: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Arizona Wildcats
College Football Trends of Note
-Iowa is 13-3 ATS in its L/16 road games
-The Hawkeyes are 12-3 ATS in their L/15 against teams with a winning record
-Arizona is 6-2 ATS in its L/8 played on grass

Series History
Last year was the first meeting of these two teams since 1998. The Hawkeyes came away with a 27-17 victory at Kinnick Stadium. ‘Zona had covered the previous two spreads in the ’90s in this series.

Saturday, September 18th: Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Stanford Cardinal
College Football Trends of Note
-Wake Forest is 2-6 ATS in its L/8 road games
-Stanford is 11-3 ATS in its L/14 home games
-The Cardinal is 4-1 ATS in its L/5 following an ATS win

Series History
We’ve already mentioned how strong the road team has been in this rivalry. However, the Spartans have covered three straight in spite of the fact that a two game winning streak was stopped with last year’s 33-30 loss in South Bend.


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