Betting the Big East



It's easy to underestimate the Big East but six of the league's eight teams went to bowls last season and conference teams are 66-51-1 ATS outside the Big East the past three seasons, a statistic that should be of great interest to devotees of college football betting. Teams are listed in predicted order of finish with 2008 records, returning starters (RS) - including kickers - and returning lettermen (RL) in parentheses:

 

RUTGERS (8-5 SU, 8-4 ATS, 13 RS, 47 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  49-59

ATS: 56-44-1

HF:  13-11

HD:  15-11

AF:   4-6

AD:  20-15-1

Sportsbook Buster: The Scarlet Knights are 10-3 ATS at home versus non-conference opponents the last nine seasons.

Sports Betting Angle: Rutgers has covered six consecutive games against Army.

 

PITTSBURGH (9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS, 15 RS, 49 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  64-46

ATS: 52-53

HF:  16-20

HD:   9-6

AF:  10-12

AD:  14-11

Sportsbook Buster: The Panthers are 1-7 as home favorites of more than 22 points over the last nine seasons.

Sports Betting Angle: The underdog in Pittsburgh-Rutgers series has covered six of the last seven meetings.

 

WEST VIRGINIA (9-4 SU, 4-8 ATS, 12 RS, 33 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  77-35

ATS: 52-53-2

HF:  18-22-1

HD:   5-7

AF:  17-10-1

AD:   9-9

Sportsbook Buster: The Mountaineers have covered nine of their last 10 games as Big East underdogs.

Sports Betting Angle: West Virginia has covered five consecutive games against Connecticut.

SOUTH FLORIDA (8-5 SU, 5-7 ATS, 12 RS, 40 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  67-39

ATS: 46-37

HF:  16-10

HD:   6-4

AF:   8-6

AD:  11-11

Sportsbook Buster: Since they became a board team in 2001, the Bulls are 22-14 ATS at home.

Sports Betting Angle: USF has covered four straight games against Syracuse.

CONNECTICUT (8-5 SU, 5-7 ATS, 12 RS, 37 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  54-53

ATS: 54-40-1

HF:  14-10-1

HD:  12-6

AF:   8-4

AD:  18-19

Sportsbook Buster: The Huskies are 26-16-1 ATS at home the last nine seasons.

Sports Betting Angle: UConn has covered six straight games against Rutgers.

CINCINNATI (11-3 SU, 6-7 ATS, 9 RS, 43 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  66-47

ATS: 56-50-2

HF:  17-14

HD:  12-5

AF:   8-13

AD:  17-12-2

Sportsbook Buster: The Bearcats are 29-17-2 as underdogs over the past nine years.

Sports Betting Angle: Cincinnati has covered five straight encounters with South Florida.

LOUISVILLE (5-7 SU, 4-7 ATS, 13 RS, 49 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  79-33

ATS: 60-48

HF:  26-20

HD:   4-2

AF:  19-14

AD:   9-6

Sportsbook Buster: The Cardinals are a solid 13-8 as underdogs the last eight seasons.

Sports Betting Angle: Louisville has covered its last five visits to Cincinnati.

SYRACUSE (3-9 SU, 5-6 ATS, 14 RS, 45 RL)

By the Numbers (2000-2008)

SU:  42-65

ATS: 55-50

HF:  21-8

HD:  11-13

AF:   5-6

AD:  16-22

Sportsbook Buster: At 21-8, the Orange has been strong as a home favorite over the past nine seasons.

Sports Betting Angle: Syracuse has covered four straight games versus Louisville.

Legend:

SU  = Straight Up                        

ATS = Against the Spread                 

HF  = Home Favorite

HD  = Home Underdog

AF  = Away Favorite

AD  = Away Underdog

This is the sixth installment of an 11-part preview series.

Next: College Football Betting 2009: Examining the WAC.