Betting on collegiate football is an extremely popular pursuit among many Americans. Several sportsbooks therefore offer NCAA football lines and they will engage in creative marketing in an effort to win new customers. However, you need to remain vigilant, as many operators are untrustworthy, and they will delay or withhold payment for spurious reasons. Make sure you check out our list of the best online sportsbooks in the business, and choose one with an A+ or an A rating, such as Caesars or DraftKings.
This is a simple bet on the team that will win a particular game. Odds compilers at the top sportsbooks will calculate the probability of each team winning – factoring in head-to-head records, home advantage, injury concerns, and so on – and then assign odds accordingly. There is normally a favorite and an underdog, unless the teams are very evenly matched.
Let’s say Virginia is playing Georgia Tech. You might see Virginia named the -500 favorite and Georgia Tech the +350 underdog in the NCAA football odds. A minus symbol informs you exactly how much money you need to lay down in order to make a $100 profit. In this case, you would need to wager $500 just to earn $100.
A plus symbol tells you how much profit you would earn from a $100 bet. In this example, you would win $350 by betting $100 on Georgia Tech. A $20 bet on Virginia would earn you $4 if successful, whereas a $20 bet on Georgia Tech would earn you $70 if successful. It tells you that the sportsbooks think Virginia has a much better chance of winning the game.
NCAA spreads are the most popular college football betting lines. The top sportsbooks give the stronger team a handicap in order to even things up. Sticking with the above example, you would expect to see Virginia as the 6.5-point favorite in the NCAA football point spreads. You could then bet on either Virginia -6.5 or Georgia Tech +6.5, and you would be likely to find odds of -110 on either outcome. Some books offer reduced juice on NCAAF, so you might find -105 either way.
If you bet on Virginia to cover the college football point spreads, they would need to win by 7 or more points. That is harder to achieve, but a $20 bet would earn you a profit of $18.20 rather than $4. If you bet on Georgia Tech to cover the NCAA football spreads, it could either win the game or lose by 6 or fewer points and your bet would pay off. It is easier to achieve that with a moneyline bet, but a $20 bet would yield a profit of $18.20 rather than $70.
Some other betting sites will offer alternative NCAA lines in order to skew the odds. If the Las Vegas college football odds and sportsbooks agree a consensus of a 6.5-point line on the game, you might see an alternative line of 8.5 points. You would then expect a larger profit by backing Virginia -8.5 and a smaller profit by betting on Georgia Tech +8.5. On the flipside, you might see a 4.5 point line, and then you would expect a larger potential profit by backing Georgia +4.5 in these NCAA betting lines.
This is a prediction on the cumulative points scored by both teams in a game. The sportsbooks will set a totals line when compiling NCAAF odds, and you simply have to guess whether the cumulative points will go over or stay under that line. It might be 42.5 points, and you will find CFB odds of -110 on under and -110 on over. You then decide if it is going to be a high-scoring contest or a tight, low-scoring battle, and then make your play.
Proposition bets home in on a particular event within a game. It might be the total yards a running back will carry the ball for, the number of interceptions the QB will throw, or whether there will be a safety. They do not necessarily pertain to the result of the game. You will generally find more prop bets when looking at college bowl game odds than regular season odds on college football, due to the popularity of the bowl games.
This involves rolling a number of different predictions into one wager in order to generate a much higher potential profit. You might be looking at the latest NCAA line on the college football playoff games taking place in a particular weekend, and decide that Ole Miss, Ohio State, and Oklahoma can all cover the spread. One option would be to divide your bankroll in three and bet on each game individually. The alternative is to roll them into a single CFB spreads parlay.
All three predictions would have to prove correct in order for your bet to pay out. If just one team fails to cover the spread, your bet is busted. However, if they all cover, you will earn a much larger profit than if you had simply placed three individual bets. You are by no means limited to college football spreads. You can opt for totals, moneylines, and other lines, or mix and match your NCAAF picks.