College Football Betting

Interested in betting on NCAA College Football? You have come to the right place.  Below I will direct you to our expert college football picks, the best betting sites for wagering on college games, and I will go through some basics of college football betting (along with linking to some more in-depth football betting strategy articles).

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Betting on NCAA football is very similar to NFL Betting – if you are familiar with betting on NFL football you will have no problem learning how to bet on college football games. There are three main types of college football betting – spread betting, money line betting and over under betting. There are also other college football bets you can make, such as prop bets and future bets. Below we will explain everything you need to know about college football betting.

College Football Spread Betting

Definitely the most common type of college football betting is spread betting. When betting on the spread in football you are choosing either one team or the other, but it is more complicated than the team simply winning the game. The oddsmakers will set a number of points that the favored team is favored by, which is referred to as the spread. In order for a bet on the favored team to win the team must win by more than the amount of points they are favored to win by. A bet on the underdog team on the spread would win if they lost by less than the amount the favored team was favored by or simply won the game straight up.

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In the screenshot above taken from an online betting site you will see an example of a spread bet available for a college football game.  In this example Alabama is listed -20 (-110) and Virginia Tech is +20 (-110).  The -20 beside Alabama indicates that they are 20 point favorites.  The + sign beside the Virginia Tech spread indicates that they are the 20 point underdogs.  For this bet you can either choose Alabama to win by 21 or more points, or Virginia Tech to lose by 19 points or less or outright win the game.  If it were to finish with Alabama winning by exactly 20 points the wager would be a “push” and the bet would be refunded.

Spread betting can be a little confusing to new bettors, but we have created a Football Spread Betting Guide that will explain college football spread betting fully.

College Football Money Line Betting

This is a lot easier to understand than college football spread betting. With money line betting you are simply picking which team will win the game. The team that is favored to win the game will, of course, pay out less money than the amount you wager, because they are more likely to win. The underdog teams will almost always payout more money than the amount you wager. New college football bettors tend to like betting on the money line because of how simple it is to understand.

» How To Get Max Value When Betting – check out this strategy article to learn how to make money betting on college football.

College Football Over Under Betting

Over under betting is also referred to as game total betting, and involves betting on the total amount of points scored by both teams combined. The oddsmakers will set a game total, which is the amount of points that will be scored by both teams. College football bettors will then be able to bet on the combined score of both teams adding up to a number above or below (over or under) the posted total. For example, the total may be set at 56.5, and if you thought the two teams would combine for more points you would bet the over, or if you thought they would combine for less points scored you would bet the under. Over under betting isn’t too difficult to understand, and can be a lot of fun for football bettors.

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In this example we use the same game but now we’ve got the over/under showing.  Here you can see that the total is set at 47.5 points.  You can choose the o47.5 (with the “o” meaning over) or u47.5 (with the “u” meaning under).  If you were to bet on the over you would need a final score that adds up to 48 or more points.  For example a 27-21 victory for Alabama would be a total of 48 points and an over wager would cash.

Prop Betting for NCAA Football

Prop betting involves betting on anything other than the final outcome of the game. Although it is most commonly done in bowl games, prop bets can be made on regular season college football games as well. Some things you can bet on include half time scores, individual player performances, or first player to score a touchdown.

Another type of prop bet involves betting on future outcomes, which are often referred to as future bets. In college football you can make a variety of different prop bets for future outcomes, including who will win the national championship, which team will win each conference, and you can even bet on which player will win the Heisman trophy.

college football futures

In the above example we have odds for the BCS National Championship before the season has started.  I’ve only given a sample of 5 of the top teams as far as odds go, but the sportsbooks list a large number of schools.  Here you can see Alabama is 3/1 (meaning a $100 bet pays out $300 plus your $100 back), Ohio State is 5/1, Oregon is 9.25/1, etc.

If you are interested in winning money betting on props check out our Prop Betting Strategy guide.