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NCAA Football Betting Odds: Sundays belong to the NFL in so many respects. Mainstream fans and sports bettors congregate to celebrate 10 consecutive hours of football gluttony. It's a multi-billion dollar industry for sure. However, if Sundays are for the NFL, Saturday's are for the men who are going to make the NFL great in the future.
College football is and always will be second to the NFL in terms of dollars wagered upon, but football in general is still king, and bettors have significantly more options to bet on in the collegiate game than in the pro game.
WAGERING ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL
All of the betting options which are available for NFL bettors are also there for college football bettors as well. Whether you prefer to get a piece of the pie on moneylines, totals, spreads, props, futures or in live betting, there's something for everyone.
The concept of college football betting when it comes to point spreads is quite easy. If Florida State is lined at -10.5 against Miami and you're betting on the Seminoles, the only way you'll be a winner is if they beat the Canes by more than 10 points. If Miami loses by 10 points or fewer, it will cover the spread and be the winner.
Point spread betting is the most common way to wager upon college football. The mass majority of bets are on the point spread.
Point spreads are fluid, and there's typically a big difference between the lines at the beginning of the week on the NCAA football games. A team which is favored by seven points when the college football lines first get posted on Sunday might end up being lined at -12 by the time the game kicks off on Saturday.
Moneyline betting isn't given nearly as much attention as spread betting is, but sharp bettors recognize that there can be a lot of value here.
The big problem that college football betting fans have with moneylines is that they're often incredibly high-priced. It seems like common sense that a team which is favored by four touchdowns are going to win the game, but every time you turn around in college football, you see Appalachian State upsetting Michigan or Syracuse upsetting Louisville or Stanford upsetting USC, just to name a few of the tremendous notable upsets in recent history.
A moneyline bet is simply a bet on who will win the game. If Ohio State is favored by seven over Michigan, the Buckeyes will end up being something along the lines of -250 on the moneyline. This means you have to wager $250 to win $100 on the Bucks.
However, if you're gunning for the upset, the price on Michigan to win the game will be stout. The Wolverines will be lined at something like + 210, meaning a bet of $100 will win $210.
There was a time that totals were only available in the biggest games on the college football schedule. However, as sportsbooks have expanded and the popularity for NCAA football has exploded, there are now not only over/unders on all of the FBS games, but some of the FCS games on the schedule as well.
The concept of total betting is easy. Totals are merely the total number of points scored by both teams in the game.
College football totals are always a little more interesting than in the NFL because of the way overtime works. In the NFL, there are a finite number of points that can be scored in overtime. The most that can possibly be scored is 12, and we've yet to see that in an NFL game since the new overtime rules were adopted. In college football, you can easily see 50 points scored in overtime by itself, if not more than that.
However, totals in college football are always a lot bigger than they are in the NFL. Typical totals in college football are in the 50s or 60s, whereas the NFL features totals in the 40s.
Props, Futures and Live Betting
One of the keys for bettors is to try to take advantage of some of the more or less rogue bets that aren't a main part of the betting board.
Props aren't available in every single game, but for the big games, you can wager on whether Oklahoma's quarterback will throw for more than 300 yards or whether Oregon's running back will crack the 100-yard barrier on the ground.
Futures are virtually always available for college football bettors no matter the time of year. Before the season is always the best time to get down on your futures wagers. With the advent of the College Football Playoff, the odds of teams to win it all have gone up with two big games to win instead of just one. Futures aren't merely limited to National Championship odds, though. Before the start of the season, you can wager on the regular season win totals for every team in the land, and you can bet on which team will win each of the major conference titles as well.
Live betting is one of the newer facets of wagering, and you've always got a shot to take advantage of it. Betting lines are available as games are ongoing, and they change on the drop of the hat with every single play. Totals and spreads are available for all of the big games on the move all the way through the game. No matter if you bet on a game before it kicked off or not, you've always got a way to get into the action. Several bettors only deal with live betting and look for opportunities after analyzing how some of the action has been going. College football live betting isn't quite as popular or as developed as NFL live betting yet, and that's why there are huge opportunities for bettors to cash in.
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