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Top Group Of Five Teams ATS Last Season

Quick look back at the best G5 programs against the spread during the 2018 season.

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We are only a few weeks from the start of the college football season but before we move ahead to this season, let’s take a final look back at last year and which programs were the best against the spread in Vegas. I’m new to the Underdog Dynasty team, and I can’t wait to contribute to the squad in a sports betting capacity. Below you will find the best teams ATS in the AAC, C-USA and the Sun Belt.

2018 American Athletic Conference ATS Final Standings

1. UCF - 9-4

2. Temple - 8-5

3. Memphis - 8-6

4. Cincinnati - 7-6

Interesting ATS Trends

  • Top four teams ATS all made a bowl game last season (UCF, Temple, Memphis, Cincinnati)
  • UCF finished in the top 10 ATS in the country covering 69.2% of their games
  • USF went 4-9 ATS and still made a bowl game
  • Memphis finished with a 6-1 home record ATS
  • Temple led the conference with a 5-1 away ATS record and went 3-1 ATS as an underdog
  • UCF finished with a 9-3 record ATS as a favorite

2018 Conference USA ATS Final Standings

1. FIU - 10-3

2. UAB - 10-4

3. Charlotte - 7-5

4. Middle Tennessee - 8-6

Interesting ATS Trends

  • Three of the top four teams ATS made a bowl game last season (FIU, UAB, Middle Tennessee)
  • FIU tied for second in the country ATS covering 76.9% of their games
  • UAB tied for fourth in the country ATS covering 71.4% of their games
  • Marshall made a bowl game, but struggled ATS finishing 5-8
  • North Texas also made a bowl game, but finished just 4-9 ATS
  • UAB finished with a 5-1 home record ATS
  • FIU had a perfect 5-0 record ATS on the road and went 4-0 ATS as an underdog
  • UAB finished with a 7-3 record ATS as a favorite

2018 Sun Belt ATS Final Standings

1. Troy - 9-3-1

2. Georgia Southern - 9-4

3. Appalachian State - 9-4

4. Louisiana - 9-5

Interesting ATS Trends

  • Top four teams ATS all made a bowl game last season (Troy, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Louisiana)
  • Troy, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State all finished within the top 10 in the country ATS
  • Texas State had an overall record of 3-9, but finished up 6-5-1 ATS.
  • Georgia Southern went 5-1 ATS at home
  • Troy and Appalachian State both went 5-1 ATS on the road and Texas State finished an impressive 4-1-1 ATS on the road

Breaking Down The Numbers

Eleven out of the 12 top teams ATS in the AAC, C-USA and the Sun Belt all made bowl games and they had a combined ATS record of 96-50-1. These teams weren’t only winning games - they were rolling through their specific conferences against the spread. Seven total teams finished within the top 20 teams in the country ATS.

We will be following this type of information closely this upcoming season, and it will be interesting to see if team wins continue to go hand and hand with ATS records.