College Football Odds Explained
Compare odds on every college football (NCAAF) game from the top sports betting sites. Odds are updated every 5 minutes. Get the game opening odds on the spread, total (over/under) and money line. Track line movements on every college football game from the time the odds are initially posted, right up until kick off.
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How to Bet on College football
Like NFL, the point spread is the most popular type of bet in college football sports betting. Also known as the line or spread, the point spread is not the predicted margin of victory for one team over the other, as you might believe.
The point spread really is a number calculated by bookmakers to persuade an equal amount of betting action on both sides of the game (i.e. underdog and favorite), thus guaranteeing them a profit regardless of the outcome.
Positive and Negative Values Explained
A point spread with a negative value (for example, -3.5) indicates that team is favored by 3.5 points. The positive value (+3.5) indicates that team is the underdog by 3.5 points.
Betting on the favorite means the team must win by at least 4 points to cover the point spread. The underdog team can lose by three points and still cover the spread.
The point spread is not a fixed number and will usually move during the week as game day approaches. Team A may be favored by 3 points on Tuesday and by 3.5 points on Saturday morning.
This indicates more people are betting on them, so bookmakers increase the underdog value hoping to encourage more wagers on the underdog. Alternatively, they are increasing the pointspread on the favorite to discourage betting action on them.
Another popular choice for bettors when we’re talking about college football. When betting the money line, your team only has to win the game outright in order for you to win your bet, regardless of the amount they win by.
The negative value indicates the favorite and the positive value indicates the underdog. For example, let’s say Notre Dame is a -150 favorite. If you want to bet Notre Dame, you would risk $150 to win $100. If you want to bet the underdog at, let’s say +130, you would risk $100 to win $130.
Totals are also known as the over/under. The number shows how many points will be scored in the game by both teams combined. Totals are calculated to encourage an equal amount of betting action on the over as the under.
For example, if a game total was 55.5 and you picked the under 55.5, you want a low scoring game. If you pick the over, you want a high scoring game. When betting totals, you are trying to predict whether the combined total score will be more than or less than the over/under line.
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