#Betting101: Everyone Wants Free Money & Thursday's College Football

Jason Lake

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 1:34 PM UTC

Thursday’s game between the New Mexico Lobos and Boise State Broncos still has some sweet arbitrage available. Are there any other opportunities for our Week 3 NCAAF picks?

Did you manage to grab some of that free money yet? In our last award-melting article, we showed you how to make 57 cents by betting $100 on the Boise State Broncos at –665 and $14.47 on the New Mexico Lobos at +695 for Thursday’s game (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN). It’s not a lot of money, but it’s free, and if you pile up enough of these arbitrage plays, you can make some coin while knowing absolutely jack-squat about making sharp college football picks.

If you missed out on this opportunity, good news: The Lobos are still available at +695 at press time, and you can now get the Broncos at –600. Run those numbers through the SBR Arbitrage Calculator, and your payday shoots up from 57 cents to $1.99. All you have to do is bet $100 on Boise State and $14.68 on New Mexico. That’s 1.74 percent return on your investment, by the way. Interested yet?

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We Need Some Stinkin’ Badgers

Opportunities like this pop up all the time if you’re willing to shop around – especially early in the season when the lines are still a bit soft. Here’s another one: Saturday’s game (1:00 p.m. ET) between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the UAB Blazers. You can get the Chanticleers at –125 (multiple books, including BetDSI) and the Blazers at +152 (Pinnacle) on the NCAAF odds board at press time. It’s glorious.

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How much glory are we talking about here? Five percent, that’s how much. Bet $100 on Coastal Carolina and $71.43 on UAB, and you’ll lock in a profit of $8.57. As always, that’s if you can still get these teams at these prices. Sometimes the lines move before you can grab them. Sometimes they were published incorrectly in the first place. That’s life.

Still not impressed? Need something a bit more marquee? Okay, one more: Check out Sunday’s game (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) between the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers and the Brigham Young Cougars. The Badgers are available at –492, and the Cougars are out there at +700. Let the calculator do its thing, and you’ll make $5.28 by betting $100 on Wisconsin and $15.04 on BYU. That’s another 4.59 percent for the good guys. Shop smart, my friends.

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