Successful NCAA Football Coaches Against the Spread

One great gauge to see which coaches in college football are getting more than what is expected from their players is the closing against the point spread record.

The closing line on sportsbooks such as Bovada and topbet is sharpened by thousands of dollars in bets and represents the expectations of the college football betting world.

Bill Snyder

One active coach, Bill Snyder from Kansas State has exceeded the norm for decades. No active head coach in college football has covered the number in more overall games than Snyder.

Amongst coaches with five seasons or more, only Urban Meyer the Ohio State head coach has a better ATS winning percentage. However, Snyder has 61 more games in which he has covered the spread than Meyer has.

Charlie Weis knows just what it is like to face Kansas State. Long before Weis arrived in Kansas, Snyder has been manhandling the Jayhawks. K-State under Snyder is 14-1 ATS versus Kansas.

When Snyder was away for three seasons between 2006 and 2008, the Wildcats lost the three games versus Kansas.

Since his return in 2009, K-State is 5-0 SU as well as ATS versus Kansas.

In those 5 matchups, K-State covered the spread by over 20 point per game on average. Betonline and have K-State favored by 25 points in their head the head matchup on November 29.

However, Snyder is not potent in just games against the Jayhawks, but also the conference. In conference games, Snyder is 31-11 against the number since returning in 2009 and no other team in the conference since that time has a better record.

During his head coaching career, Snyder is 88-52 against the spread in home games and 149-102 against the number overall.

Urban Meyer and Gus Malzahn

Urban Meyer in his career is 30-9 against the spread when his has over a week to prepare his team and that included opening games of the season.

Meyer is also 15-5 against the spread when an underdog. In the 20 games as an underdog in his career, Meyer has won 12 outright. Only David Shaw at Stanford has a better winning percentage when an underdog.

Meyer following a loss is 14-6-2 against the number.

Gus Malzahn since becoming a head coach is 20-6 against the number. Of course, that is not much time to make comparisons with just a single season at Arkansas State and least season’s 12-2 ATS with Auburn.

However, Malzahn is just the third head coach over the past 10 years to cover the spread in 20 games during two consecutive seasons. His predecessors were Meyer at Utah and then Florida and George O’Leary at Central Florida.

The Auburn head coach is also 8-1 ATS when a favorite. He is also 14-3 against the number in games that are non-conference.