College Football September 28 Bye Week Schedule

September Bye Weeks And College Football Situations You Can Bet On

I previously outlined the early September bye week schedule, along with the full September bye week schedule in my article at

In college football, this can be a real benefit to the rested and prepared team, especially later in the season as teams deal with more fatigue, injuries and pressure to perform in a conference title run or bowl game bid.

Teams with a bye this week on Sept. 28, and opponents on deck the following week.

Top 25 teams Georgia (3), LSU (4) and Oregon (13) have a bye this week.

28-Sep LSU SEC at Vanderbilt Utah State Did not play LY
28-Sep Georgia SEC Notre Dame at Tennessee Beat Tennessee 38-12 LY
28-Sep Missouri SEC South Carolina Troy Did not play LY
28-Sep Tennessee SEC at Florida Georgia Lost to #2 Georgia 38-12 LY
28-Sep Illinois Big Ten Nebraska at Minnesota Lost to MN 55-31 LY
28-Sep Louisville ACC at Florida State Boston College Lost to BC 38-20 LY
28-Sep Miami ACC Central Michigan Virginia Tech Beat VT 38-14 LY, 7-1 in ACC home openers
28-Sep Texas Big 12 Oklahoma State at West Virginia Lost to West Virginia 42-41 LY
28-Sep West Virginia Big 12 at Kansas Texas Beat #15 Texas 42-41 LY
28-Sep Colorado Pac 12 at Arizona State Arizona Lost to AZ 42-34 LY
28-Sep Oregon Pac 12 at Stanford California Beat Cal 42-24 LY
28-Sep Tulane AAC Houston at Army Did not play LY
28-Sep Tulsa AAC Wyoming at SMU Beat SMU 27-24 LY
28-Sep Boise State MW Air Force at UNLV Did not play LY
28-Sep San Diego State MW Utah State at Colorado State Did not play LY
28-Sep Florida International Conf USA at Lousiana Tech Massachusetts Beat UMASS 63-24 LY
28-Sep UTSA Conf USA at North Texas at UTEP Beat UTEP 30-21 LY
28-Sep Ohio MAC Louisiana at Buffalo Beat BUF 52-17 LY
28-Sep Kent State MAC Bowling Green at Wisconsin First meeting
28-Sep Bowling Green MAC at Kent State at Notre Dame Did not play last year
28-Sep Eastern Michigan MAC Central Conn State at Central Michigan Beat CMU 17-7 LY
28-Sep Ball State MAC at NC State at Northern Illinois Lost to NIU 24-16 LY
28-Sep Georgia State Sun Belt at Texas State Arkansas State Lost 51-35 to Ark State LY

In addition, these teams in bold play on Saturday, Sept. 28 following a bye last week:

No. Illinois (+6) at Vanderbilt

UAB at Western Kentucky (+3)

UL Lafayette at Georgia Southern (+3.5)

MTSU (+24) at Iowa

UNLV (+9.5) at Wyoming

Cincinnati (-3.5) at Marshall

SMU at South Florida (+8)

Navy (+10.5) at Memphis – Thurs

Georgia Tech (+9.5) at Temple

Kansas State (+4.5) at Oklahoma State

Stanford at Oregon State (+4.5)

UCLA at Arizona (-7.5)

These games feature both teams playing off a bye

Minnesota (-1) at Purdue

Penn State (-6.5) at Maryland – Friday

Duke at Virginia Tech (-3) – Friday

Texas Tech at Oklahoma (-27)

These coaches and teams are ones to watch, as the coaches ATS record off a regular season bye is noteworthy.

Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech (6-1 ATS) – VT off a bye vs Duke Sept 27
Matt Wells, Texas Tech (6-1 ATS) – TT off a bye at Oklahoma Sept 28

A little more on Matt Wells and his intensity taking over Texas Tech this year after success at Utah State.

Other bad situational spots include teams playing back-to-back road games against home teams off a bye. This is a positive and profitable profile for the rested and ready home team.

If you follow my weekly Top 25 report in Forbes, know that BetLabs reports that Ranked teams at home following a bye have covered the spread nearly 59% of the time since 2005 (sample size nearly 200 games).

Also, Top 25 teams that lost their previous game before the bye, have covered the spread nearly 66% of the time in their next game.

I’ve outlined the early Oct. 5 bye week teams below as you look ahead to October college football. Teams in bold are currently ranked in the AP Top 25.


Alabama, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky


Clemson, Syracuse, Florida State, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia

Big Ten


Pac 12

Utah, USC, Arizona, Washington



Mountain West

Wyoming, Hawaii, Nevada

Conference USA

Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, Southern Miss, North Texas, Louisiana Tech


Miami (OH), Akron

Sun Belt

Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, Texas State



Plenty of situations and profiles to consider as you evaluate these teams off a bye, and we’ll review more as the season moves along. But recognize scheduling situations and take note of teams off a bye, and those playing at home that may also have additional motivation that includes significant redemption (Arizona Sept. 28).

These are additional pieces to add to your handicapping arsenal, but know that you still must evaluate the match-ups, motivation, injuries, statistical profiles and betting lines. The linemaker makes adjustments to early season results, power ratings and to the bye week situation, and especially to rested and ready teams playing with redemption.

Author: FairwayJay

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