College Football Week 1 ATS Matchups to Exploit

David Hayes
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Clemson v Notre Dame
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Clemson v Notre Dame / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Whether you're the best team in the nation or a struggling FCS program waltzing into an impending blood bath in Week 1 of the 2019 college football season, the spread can make all the difference in equalizing both sides in the world of sports betting.

Here's a look at three Week 1 matchups that could be potentially exploited behind one team's shot against the spread (ATS).

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1. Colorado (-13.5) vs. Colorado State (+13.5)

Colorado v USC
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These two in-state rivals have faced one another at Mile High Stadium in Denver 10 of the past 12 seasons, and two major trends have clearly risen above the rest. First, Colorado has won eight of those past 10 neutral-site matchups in this series by an average of 19.5 points per game (PPG). Second, eight of those 10 matchups have been decided by 14 points or more, with the Buffaloes having won seven of their eight games during this stretch by 14 points or more as well.

2. No. 1 Clemson (-36.5) vs. Georgia Tech (+36.5)

Alabama v Clemson
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It might seem like a stretch to go against the reigning national champion Clemson Tigers and Heisman Trophy betting favorite Trevor Lawrence, but Georgia Tech has recent history on its side. Even as the Tigers have progressed to the top of national prominence over the past four seasons, they have struggled to bury the Yellow Jackets the way you might expect at home lately. The Tigers haven't beaten Georgia Tech by more than 28 points in any of their past 10 matchups. Clemson has averaged a 16.5-point winning margin in its past two home games against GT and a 17.4-point margin of victory in its past five home meetings against the Yellow Jackets.

3. Virginia Tech (-5) vs. Boston College (+5)

Marshall v Virginia Tech
Marshall v Virginia Tech / Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

Both of these programs have consistently middled around seven wins per season for the better part of the past decade, and their recent series' history reflects much of that same sort of regularity. Virginia Tech has won four of its last five matchups against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, averaging a 13.75-point margin of victory over that stretch. The Hokies have also won two straight over the Eagles on the road by an average 14.5-point margin of victory. Spanning the last 10 total meetings between these two, nine have been decided by five points or more and all five games played in Chestnut Hill have been decided by five points or more.

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