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Blue Bloods Legacy Bleeding Into College Football

The infamous Blue Bloods are notorious in college basketball, holding 39 national championships and counting between the respective six schools — UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Indiana and Kansas. Though, UConn is considered a member of the pack by holding five titles after winning it all in 2023. 

First coined in the newspapers in 1927, the Blue Bloods is a group of the most elite in NCAAB and always dominant in the annual March Madness. But, what if this legacy is starting to carry over into college football?

Through four weeks of the college football season, four of these schools still carry undefeated records. Between the six schools, there's just three losses combined.

Blue Bloods In week 1 of College Football

Week 1 saw all but one come out on top, Indiana could only manage three-points against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes

But, in true Blue Blood fashion, there were head-turning upsets. Duke, entering with a +344 ML, shockingly defeated No. 9 Clemson, 28-7. The exhilarating win pushed the Blue Devils to be ranked No. 21 and dropped the Tigers all the way to No. 25 in the latest AP Poll

According to our database, the victory ended nearly a two decade drought in the series, with Duke having last defeated Clemson in November, 2004. 

No. 17 North Carolina took down their inner-state rivals, the South Carolina Gamecocks, 31-17 and smashed their 2.5-point favored line. Tar Heels’ QB Drake Maye, a Heisman Trophy contender, completed 24-of-32 tosses for 269 yards and a duo of touchdowns. 

Week 1 blue blood scores and betting results

Blue Blood Team vs OpponentFinal ScoreSpreadMoneyline
UCLA vs Coastal Carolina27-13 (W)-14.5-780
Kentucky vs Ball State44-14 (W)-25.0-4500
Kansas vs Missouri State48-17 (W)-32.5-10000
North Carolina vs South Carolina31-17 (W)-2.5-135
Duke vs Clemson28-7 (W)+12+345
Indiana vs Ohio State23-3 (L)+30+2060

So, Was Week 1 A Fluke?

Clearly not, four of the schools above are still undefeated through the first four weeks of the season. And three of them are sat in the AP Poll's Week 5 rankings -- No. 15 North Carolina, No. 17 Duke and No. 24 Kansas.

Blue Blood Team SU RecordATS Record
UCLA Bruins3-12-2
Kentucky Wildcats4-03-1
Kansas Jayhawks4-02-2
North Carolina Tar Heels4-03-1
Duke Blue Devils4-03-1
Indiana Hoosiers2-23-1

As of right now, the trends are looking familiar. 

Blue bloods records in 2022

Through the first four weeks of 2022, The six Blue Blood schools starting gaining some traction, going 21-4 SU and 13-9-1 ATS combined. The Kansas Jayhawks, who stayed undefeated through five weeks. By Week 5, it was enough for the No. 17 Jayhawks to earn their first AP Poll ranking since 2009. 

The UCLA Bruins also held down the fort, going 8-1 SU, 6-3 ATS and 7-3 O/U through the first nine weeks of the season. Back-to-back losses during ranked meetings with Arizona and USC kept the Bruins out of CFP discussions. 

2022 blue blood betting results through first four weeks

Blue Blood TeamRecordSpread Record
UCLA Bruins4-02-2
Kentucky Wildcats4-03-1
Kansas Jayhawks4-04-0
North Carolina Tar Heels3-11-1-1
Duke Blue Devils 3-12-2
Indiana Hoosiers3-11-3

So, are these renowned basketball schools starting to gain credit as football schools? I guess we’ll keep a close eye on them as the season progresses.