College Football Betting: NCAAF Handicapping Tips & Strategies

Friday, June 28, 2013 6:59 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 6:59 PM UTC

Sports handicappers are chomping at the bit for action on the college football gridiron, but there’s plenty to be done in terms of preparation over the next two months.
<p style="text-align:center"></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at five handicapping tips that should serve you well in choosing your </span><a style="font-size:1em" href="/college-football/" title="The latest college football odds and info at!" target="_blank">football picks</a><span style="font-size:1em"> during the course of the season—especially in the early going.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Returning starters</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/AlabamaTexasAMNCAAF_June2013_200.jpg" style="font-size:1em" />The most important factor to focus on leading up to the season, as it really lays the foundation for breaking down Week 1 match-ups.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Most handicappers will focus on the offensive side of the ball, especially the quarterback position, but I find one area to be far more important at the betting window.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">A team that returns multiple starters on the offensive line is already ahead of the game, and one that I circle in preseason publications.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Don’t fall in love with this angle for an entire season, with younger programs becoming more dangerous once experience is gained.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Schedule</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Don’t fall into the category of being a fan by simply looking at opposing team names on a program’s schedule, as there’s definitive value in breaking down the road ahead on a weekly basis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">It definitely matters when a particular game is played, especially for programs that have national title aspirations—such as the <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-alabama-crimson-tide-2013-future-odds-a-28947/" title="Alabama Crimson Tide 2013 Future Odds" target="_blank">Alabama Crimson Tide</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The defending national champions have to play the likes of <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-2013-lsu-tigers-futures-odds-a-29848/" title="2013 LSU Tigers Futures and Odds" target="_blank">LSU</a> and <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-texas-a-m-future-betting-odds-a-31217/" title="Texas A&amp;M Future Betting Odds" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M</a> this season, but both of those high-profile affairs come after an advantageous bye week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Also, I’m always looking to play against a team in a conference opener if it hasn’t faced a quality opponent in the early portion of its schedule.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Betting Value</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Recreational bettors aren’t spending the necessary time to <a href="" title="Sportsbook Reviews, information and recommedations at!" target="_blank">gain an advantage over the sports books</a> during the offseason, as many of their wagers early on are based on what they saw from the program the previous season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Don’t fall into this trap, and you’ll likely have success in the first three weeks.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Coaching strategy</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">If you do your proper homework during the offseason, I believe this area creates a major advantage in terms of betting totals, as even <a href="/betting-odds/college-football/" title="Free live and updated college football odds at!" target="_blank">college footbal odds</a> makers will struggle to post strong numbers in the early going in this area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">A new head coach or coordinator may bring a different philosophy to the table than his predecessor, which could lead to much different results in terms of <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-ncaaf-offensive-power-rankings-a-32014/" title="NCAA FB Offensive Power Rankings" target="_blank">offensive</a> and <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-ncaaf-defensive-power-rankings-a-32041/" title="NCAA FB Defensive Power Rankings" target="_blank">defensive</a> production.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Early Betting Trends</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">I’m always looking to uncover new betting trends during the course of the season, but for your <a href="/" title="The latest in free sports picks, odds and predicitons, only at!" target="_blank">sports picks</a> don’t place too much stock in this area of sports handicapping, as it should only enhance the strength of your plays based on other areas of research.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">In preparing for season openers, I’m always looking to identify coaches and programs that perform well out of the gate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">This approach will serve you well.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-size:1em">Have your own suggestions? <a href="" title="Join the discussion on's message boards" target="_blank">Share them on our forum</a>!</span></em></p>
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