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College System of the Week
by Tom Stryker - 10/14/2006
The road can be a difficult venue for any college football team. Young student athletes are forced to change their daily habits and adjust. Sometimes they succeed and other times they fail.
When you string together two or three games away from the comforts of home, bad things start to happen. Fatigue sets in and victories become harder to obtain. Traveling takes away from preparation time and, when youâ€™re dealing with young kids between the ages of 18 to 22, that opens up the door for error.
This College System of the Week preys on teams coming off extensive travel. When I first ran this search against my database, I thought that teams returning home off two or three road wars would actually be solid investments. With the ability to sleep in their own beds and practice in their own backyards, these well rested and well prepared athletes would shine. I couldnâ€™t have been more wrong. Take a look:
Play AGAINST any conference home underdog of +3.5 or more provided they return home off three (or more) road games and theyâ€™re matched up against an opponent that does NOT enter off a blowout win of 10 points or more.
27 Year Record = 35-12 ATS for 74.5 percent.
Amazingly, the stress of being away for so long is hard to shake. The knee-jerk reaction would have been to take these home underdogs thinking they would be happy to be back in their own backyard. Thatâ€™s not the case at all. These home underdogs have experienced a great deal of trouble rising to the challenge. On Saturday, there are three home pups locked into this play against situation: Northwestern, Rice and Virginia.
There is one parameter to this unique college football system that really makes it pop. If our road weary host is matched up against an opponent that does not check in off back-to-back straight up wins, this system explodes to a blistering 30-6 ATS for 83.3 percent in favor of the road team. There are only two visitors that fit this awesome tightener on Saturday: Purdue and Maryland.
Donâ€™t get caught falling into the belief that â€œthereâ€™s no place like homeâ€쳌 in college football. As you can see from my analysis, this is an ideal and very profitable situation for the road team. Good luck with the Boilermakers and Terrapins on Saturday.