College Football Handicapping – Late Season Bye Weeks

Evaluating Teams And Late Season Bye Weeks

Here is the list of college football teams with late October and November bye weeks along with their opponents before and after the bye week.  In college football, this is a real benefit to the rested and prepared team and especially later in the season. When playing at home it becomes an even greater advantage.

cfb-bye-weekIn past seasons I’ve used a base situation favoring the home team off a bye with better than 65% success Against-the-Spread (ATS). In conference action, this becomes even stronger and especially in week 8 or later of the season. If the home team is coming off a win and/or playing with revenge from last season, the sub-set situation provides even greater strength for the home team to deliver the ‘green’.

So review the bye week schedules and the post-bye situational system that is usually quite strong. Note some opponents have similar bye weeks.

alabama-vs-amThis is another piece to add to your handicapping arsenal, but know that you still must evaluate the motivation, match-ups, injuries, statistical profiles and betting lines before you blindly bet on these rested and ready teams off a bye. The linemaker has made more adjustments in recent seasons to the bye week situation, but there is still good opportunities available when you factor in all the information above.

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Teams playing Saturday, Oct. 22 off a bye include: (* playing at home)

Auburn*, Boston College*, Cincinnati*, Kentucky*, Michigan*, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, Penn State*, SMU*, South Carolina*, TCU, Texas A&M, UTEP, Utah State*, Washington*, Wyoming

Top teams and match-ups with bye situations: #6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State at Penn State, Illinois at #3 Michigan, Oregon State at #5 Washington

Bye Team Conference Pre Bye Post Bye
Oct. 22 Florida SEC Missouri Georgia (neutral)
Georgia SEC Vanderbilt Florida (neutral)
Tennessee SEC Alabama at South Carolina
Arizona Pac-12 USC Stanford
USC Pac-12 at Arizona California
Baylor Big 12 Kansas at Texas
Iowa State Big 12 at Texas Kansas State
Clemson ACC NC State at Florida State
Duke ACC at Louisville at Georgia Tech
Florida State ACC Wake Forest Clemson
Georgia Tech ACC Georgia Southern Duke
Pittsburgh ACC at Virginia Virginia Tech
Wake Forest ACC at Florida State Army
Notre Dame Independent Stanford Miami, FL
Florida Atlantic Conference USA at Marshall Western Kentucky
Southern Miss Conference USA at LSU Marshall
Arkansas State Sun Belt South Alabama Louisiana Monroe
Oct. 29 Alabama SEC Texas A&M at LSU
Arkansas SEC at Auburn Florida
LSU SEC Ole Miss Alabama
Vanderbilt SEC Tennessee at Auburn
Iowa Big Ten Wisconsin at Penn State
Rutgers Big Ten at Minnesota Indiana
Colorado Pac-12 at Stanford UCLA
UCLA Pac-12 Utah at Colorado
North Carolina ACC at Virginia Georgia Tech
Syracuse ACC at Boston College at Clemson
BYU Independent at Boise State at Cincinnati
Colorado State Mountain West at UNLV Fresno State
Nevada Mountain West Wyoming at New Mexico
No. Illinois MAC Buffalo Bowling Green
Charolotte Conference USA at Marshall at Southern Miss
Idaho Sun Belt at Appalachian State at UL Lafayette
UL Lafayette Sun Belt at Texas State Idaho
Texas State Sun Belt UL Lafayette at Appalachian St
Troy Sun Belt at South Alabama Massachusetts
Nov. 5 Arizona State Pac-12 at Oregon Utah
Utah Pac-12 Washington at Arizona State
Houston AAC UCF Tulane
Central Florida AAC at Houston Cincinnati
South Florida AAC Navy at Memphis
Tulane AAC SMU at Houston
UNLV Mountain West at San Jose State Wyoming
New Mexico State Sun Belt at Texas A&M at Arkansas State
Nov. 12 Kansas State Big 12 Oklahoma State at Baylor
TCU Big 12 at Baylor Oklahoma State
Massachusetts Independent at Troy at BYU
Connecticut AAC Temple at Boston College
Temple AAC at Connecticut at Tulane
Fresno State Mountain West at Colorado State Hawaii
San Jose State Mountain West at Boise State Air Force
Ball State MAC Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Ohio MAC Buffalo at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan MAC at Ball State No. Illinois
Western Michigan MAC at Kent State Buffalo
Florida Int’l Conference USA at Western Kentucky Marshall
South Alabama Sun Belt at Louisiana Monroe at LSU
Nov. 19 Navy AAC Tulsa at SMU
East Carolina AAC SMU at Temple
Akron MAC Bowling Green at Ohio
Bowling Green MAC Kent State Buffalo
Kent State MAC at Bowling Green No. Illinois
Louisiana Tech Conference USA UT San Antonio at Southern Miss
Western Kentucky Conference USA North Texas at Marshall
Nov. 26 Oklahoma Big 12 at West Virginia Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State Big 12 at TCU Oklahoma
Geogia State Sun Belt Georgia Southern at Idaho
Louisiana Monroe Sun Belt at Appalachian State UL Lafayette



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