Few fans are as devoted to their teams as those of college football. Whether it is the alumni factor or simply the regionality of the fan bases, college football fans are as rabid and dedicated as they come. College basketball may rule March but college football is king August through January.
And the sports bettors are just as devoted to the sport. College football is great for the sports bettors because it’s popularity gives way to plenty of media coverage. There are a ton of games every week and that allows sports bettors, armed with plenty of info, to find good value for their money. To understand the basics of college football betting we need to understand how to bet and when to bet. This football betting guide will give you those basics.
College football generates plenty of interest nationwide and this is great for sports bettors. While there are plenty of bets to choose from the key to finding a good payout is understanding when to use those bets. Here is a quick run down of those bets.
- The Point Spread – This is the most often used bet in all of sports gambling and college football is no different. It is a smart bet to use because the amount you risk is rewarded well when you when. Know the teams well before making this bet.
- The Moneyline – This play is a good bet but only when used properly. Taking favorites on the moneyline is a bad bet. All risk and no reward. However, using the moneyline to pick upsets, hedge bets and/or a parlay are good ideas.
- The Over/Under – College football works for the over/under better than other sports. Again, you’ll have to know the teams very well to be successful because, unlike other sports, good offenses beat good defenses in college football all the time.
- Parlays – Parlays are a great value in college football. There are so many games every week to choose from finding two to three or even four games with obvious winners and favorable odds is easy. Scout as many games as you can each week and find these games.
- Futures – Rightfully so, futures bets have a bad reputation like so many prop bets. They take months to resolve. They’re long shots. This is all true. However, with college football there are a few plays with value. The National Champion future and the Heisman Trophy winner future. What gives these value is the fact that only 5 or 6 teams have a chance to win a national championship. There are only ever 3 or 4 players able to win the Heisman. Find one with good odds and you can be rewarded for your patience.
When considering how to bet on college football it is important to remember you have plenty of options. Division I football has hundreds of teams and dozens of conferences. There are games 3 or 4 times a week. This means you will have to do a little more studying but it will be worth it once you find the bets with value. They are out there every week. It’s up to you to find them. Keep these things in mind before placing any bets.
- Keep Reading – Looking at odds and point spreads is one way to judge a bet. Just not the best. You really have to become a fan of the game and get to know it inside and out. Upside down. And not just one team or one conference. There is so much media coverage these days it is important to use it as much as possible. Finding a diamond in the rough is easier when you know what you are looking for.
- Home Teams – It’s really that simple. Home field advantage means everything in NCAA football betting. The Big House, The Swamp, Death Valley, The Bounce House. It’s hard to argue with nicknames like those. It’s the energy of these places that make the difference and it must be accounted for when placing a bet. The home team covers whether they are favorites or underdogs.
- No Undefeateds – Every good team is going to lose one game. At the end of the year, the top 10 ranked teams usually have 1 or 2 losses. Look for the tough games on every team’s schedule to see when one may fall.
- No Back to Back Losses – One thing good teams do is rebound quickly after a loss. The good teams won’t have two losses and if they do they aren’t going to be back to back. No matter the line, the next game they play, they cover and they cover big.
- QB’s Change Games – The talent level in college football is much more spread out than in the NFL so a few good players on a team can change a game. Keep in mind that the quarterback is the most important player on every team. They touch the ball every down after all. Take teams with a good QB. They can make all the difference.
- Big Schools Rule – The big NCAA programs are the same year in and year out. Ohio State, Alabama, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, every team in Florida. It is important to lock in on these teams as early as you can. First of all, they get the most media coverage which is important for research. And secondly, they get the best point spreads and odds because more bets are laid on a game with a big school. Get to know the big schools. They are the ones going to playing at the end of the year in the championship games, the bowls, and the national playoffs.
- Be Picky – Every Saturday there is a huge slate of NCAA football games. There are well over 100 Division I football
programs so each week you are looking at over 50 games being played. As opposed the 12 to 16 played each week in the NFL. This gives you plenty of options to choose from. It’s worth your while to pour over every game and find the best matchups, point spreads, and odds for yourself.
- Hard to Beat Twice – In the day and age of conference championships and national playoffs, some teams will face each other twice in the same season. It’s tough to beat the same team twice in the same year. Especially a good team. Keep in mind, these 2nd games will usually be played on neutral fields, negating any home field advantage and that these are good teams. Bad teams don’t play for championships. Conference or National. Check who won the first match up before laying a bet Championship Week.
- Watch the Lines – The point spreads will move as the week goes by and this will tell you where the public is betting. This strategy says you should bet against the public because, let’s face it, the house always wins. If more people are taking the favorite, the points they are giving will go up. You take the underdog. If more people are taking the underdog, the points they are receiving will go down. You take the favorite. NCAA football gives you a week between games to watch where the lines are moving. Watch them closely and make the smart bet.
Your college football betting strategy should begin with these tips in mind. Know the teams, know the schedules, watch the lines. This will help you all season long. Make the smart bets and make yourself some money.
All college football guides will tell you that research is the key to betting college football successfully. There’s a lot to learn but a smart gambler will put in the time, take note of trends, and get plenty of value for their money.