In 2020, the home field advantage was muted for many teams. The normal raucous crowds at stadiums such as Alberton’s, LaVell Edwards, Kidd Brewer, Michie, Falcon, Legion Field, Bulldog, Nippert, Aztec, Bounce House, Dowdy-Ficklen, Joan C. Edwards, and the Liberty Bowl hosted only a small fraction of normal crowds for home games.

However, betting lines didn’t account for this and as a result, large home covers were down from 2019. The biggest upset in G5 was Rice’s 20-0 victory over Marshall as a 24.5 point underdog. In all 68 games (24% of games played with at least one G5 team) were won by underdogs. There were 20 total double digit underdog winners in 2020. Three teams accomplished this feat twice: Liberty, Ball State, and New Mexico.

The tables show various lines and performances against the spread for the year for the G5. The last table shows the performance against the spread for all G5 Teams.

Largest Home Favorites
TeamGamesAvg. LineCovers
Brigham Young *8-26.14.5
Ohio2-25.01.0
Liberty 6-24.34.0
Marshall7-19.43.0
Appalachian State *7-17.23.0
Central Florida4-16.51.0
Cincinnati *8-15.75.0
Kent State2-14.81.0
Toledo3-14.71.0
Army *9-13.67.0
* – includes neutral site
Largest Visitor Favorites
TeamGamesAvg. LineCovers
Buffalo **2-23.01.0
Southern Methodist6-12.42.0
Appalachian State5-12.30.0
Boise State *3-12.01.0
Central Florida *6-10.32.0
Wyoming4-9.41.0
Louisiana6-8.04.0
Fresno State4-8.02.0
Nevada3-7.81.0
Western Michigan3-7.72.0
* – includes neutral site, ** – includes two neutral sites
Overall Largest Favorites (All Games)
TeamGamesAvg. LineCovers
Brigham Young12-19.07.5
Ohio3-17.51.0
Buffalo7-15.65.0
Appalachian State12-15.23.0
Marshall10-15.15.0
Cincinnati10-12.96.0
Central Florida10-12.83.0
Southern Methodist10-12.85.0
Kent State4-10.62.0
Louisiana11-10.05.0
G5 Best Records Against the Spread (ATS)
TeamRecordPctAvg. Line
Liberty9-20.818-9.8
San Jose State6-1-10.813-1.8
Tulsa7-20.7780.9
Buffalo5-20.714-15.6
Coastal Carolina8-3-10.708-4.9
Georgia State7-30.7001.7
Army8-40.667-9.7
Central Michigan4-20.6670.7
Eastern Michigan4-20.6675.4
Miami (OH)2-10.667-2.0
Largest Home Underdogs
TeamGamesAvg. LineCovers
Bowling Green State226.01.0
New Mexico215.52.0
Louisiana-Monroe514.12.0
Nevada-Las Vegas314.00.0
Texas State612.94.0
East Carolina412.02.0
Akron310.21.0
Utah State49.81.0
Northern Illinois39.70.0
Navy58.82.0
Largest Visitor Underdogs
TeamGamesAvg. LineCovers
Akron328.51.0
Louisiana-Monroe518.71.0
South Florida518.53.0
Texas-El Paso518.53.0
Utah State217.00.0
Bowling Green State316.50.0
Nevada-Las Vegas316.51.5
Northern Illinois313.22.0
Texas State612.03.0
Texas-San Antonio611.74.0
Overall Largest Underdogs
TeamGamesAvg. LineCovers
Bowling Green State520.31.0
Akron619.32.0
Louisiana-Monroe1016.43.0
Nevada-Las Vegas615.31.5
Texas State1212.57.0
Utah State612.21.0
South Florida911.85.0
Northern Illinois611.42.0
Texas-El Paso811.35.0
New Mexico711.14.0
G5 Worst Records Against the Spread (ATS)
TeamRecordPctAvg. Line
Utah State1-50.16712.2
Bowling Green State1-40.20020.3
Florida International1-40.2001.9
Appalachian State3-90.250-15.2
Colorado State1-30.2505.5
Nevada-Las Vegas1-4-10.25015.3
Temple2-50.2868.0
Central Florida3-70.300-12.8
Louisiana-Monroe3-70.30016.4
North Texas3-70.3001.0
2020 G5 Performance Against the Spread – All Teams
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TeamGamesRecordPctAvg. Line
Air Force63-3 0.500 -1.8
Akron62-4 0.333 19.3
Alabama-Birmingham93-6 0.333 -6.4
Appalachian State123-9 0.250 -15.2
Arkansas State116-5 0.545 0.4
Army128-4 0.667 -9.7
Ball State85-3 0.625 0.8
Boise State73-4 0.429 -9.7
Bowling Green State51-4 0.200 20.3
Brigham Young127-4-1 0.625 -19.0
Buffalo75-2 0.714 -15.6
Central Florida103-7 0.300 -12.8
Central Michigan64-2 0.667 0.7
Charlotte63-3 0.500 1.3
Cincinnati106-4 0.600 -12.9
Coastal Carolina128-3-1 0.708 -4.9
Colorado State41-3 0.250 5.5
East Carolina95-4 0.556 9.9
Eastern Michigan64-2 0.667 5.4
Florida Atlantic93-6 0.333 -4.8
Florida International51-4 0.200 1.9
Fresno State63-3 0.500 -5.3
Georgia Southern138-5 0.615 -5.4
Georgia State107-3 0.700 1.7
Hawaii94-5 0.444 1.5
Houston83-5 0.375 -5.0
Kent State42-2 0.500 -10.6
Liberty119-2 0.818 -9.8
Louisiana115-6 0.455 -10.0
Louisiana Tech104-6 0.400 4.2
Louisiana-Monroe103-7 0.300 16.4
Marshall105-5 0.500 -15.1
Memphis114-7 0.364 -7.2
Miami (OH)32-1 0.667 -2.0
Middle Tennessee State95-4 0.556 6.6
Navy104-6 0.400 6.0
Nevada96-3 0.667 -6.3
Nevada-Las Vegas61-4-1 0.250 15.3
New Mexico74-3 0.571 11.1
North Texas103-7 0.300 1.0
Northern Illinois62-4 0.333 11.4
Ohio31-2 0.333 -17.5
Rice53-2 0.600 5.4
San Diego State85-3 0.625 -3.6
San Jose State86-1-1 0.813 -1.8
South Alabama115-5-1 0.500 5.6
South Florida95-4 0.556 11.8
Southern Methodist105-5 0.500 -12.8
Southern Mississippi104-6 0.400 1.2
Temple72-5 0.286 8.0
Texas State127-5 0.583 12.5
Texas-El Paso85-3 0.625 11.3
Texas-San Antonio127-5 0.583 4.2
Toledo63-3 0.500 -9.7
Troy115-6 0.455 -1.3
Tulane127-5 0.583 -0.3
Tulsa97-2 0.778 0.9
Utah State61-5 0.167 12.2
Western Kentucky124-8 0.333 2.1
Western Michigan63-3 0.500 -9.3
Wyoming63-3 0.500 -4.3