First Half College Football Betting Trends

College Football First-Half And First-Quarter Betting Trends

We’re always looking for an edge. And with another season of college football chugging along, it's time to brush up on our trends-investigating skills.

One underrated trend in the college football world is looking at how teams fare in the first half and first quarter:

College Football First-Quarter Betting Trends

Betting MarketSU Record (Profits)ATS Record (Profit)
Home Teams362-228-131 ($-4339.93)332-373-15 ($-8786.6)
Favourites415-174-131 ($-2034.99)320-385-15 ($-9528.33)

The above data from Odds Shark’s database is only for games including at least one FBS team.

We're nearing the end of the season and there haven't been any profitable blind bets from college football's first quarters. That being said, betting on favorites straight up in the 1st Qs has been profitable at times this year and is the closest overall bet to even right now.

The trends do not favor blindly betting on favorites or home teams to cover in the first quarter at this point in the college football season. Check back in on this trend as the season rolls along. If you want to hone in on some more specific teams for an edge, the best first-quarter ATS records in 2023 so far belong to:

  • SMU: 9-1 (+$666.21)
  • UNLV: 8-2 (+$525.35)
  • San Jose State: 8-2 (+$493.30)

College Football First-Half Betting Trends

Betting MarketSU Record (Profits)ATS Record (Profit)
Home Teams429-235-57 ($-2322.77)347-356-17 ($-4340.0)
Favourites484-178-57 ($-3061.12)328-374-17 ($-7798.31)

Once again, the above data from Odds Shark’s database is only for games including at least one FBS team.

First-half results have been even worse than first-quarter betting. The big takeaway here, don't blind bet first halves or quarters. You gotta look for a more specific edge, like individual teams by ATS first-half records. Here are the best teams right now:

  • UNLV: 9-1 (+$710.61)
  • Missouri: 9-1 (+$710.29)
  • Georgia Southern: 8-2 (+$549.79)

Betting on UNLV to cover a first-half spread of +1.5 against Air Force seems like a great bet this weekend.

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