College Football Betting

Saturdays are almost as busy as Sundays at most sportsbooks in the fall due to college football. Read below to learn more about college football betting. If you would like to learn more, please email us at and we will connect you with one of our Sports Investment Consultants.

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College Football Spreads

The most popular way to bet on college football is spread betting, which is when you’re taking into a count a points margin. You have a favorite and an underdog. For example, LSU is playing at Alabama. Alabama might be favored by 6.5 points at home, so they would be -6.5, while LSU would be +6.5. Alabama would have to win by over 6.5 points to cover their bet – which means seven or more – while LSU could lose by less than 6.5 points or win outright in order to win their end of the wager. A lot of spreads will have a half-point at the end to make sure there is no tie; for example, if the spread is -6, and the final margin of victory is six points, that sports bet will push. In the case of a push, all money is given back like nothing ever happened.

College Football Moneylines

You can also bet on college football via moneylines, in which you’re betting on who will win the game outright. In the same example of LSU playing at Alabama, Alabama might be the favorite at -175, while LSU is the underdog at +150. The negative sign before the odds shows you that Alabama is the favorite, and what it also means is that you would have to bet $175 to win $100. LSU, on the other hand, is the underdog as the positive sign shows, and you would win $150 if you bet $100.

College Football Teasers

One popular option for NCAA football betting is using teasers. This is a parlay that allows you to move the spread in your favor on multiple games. If you like three games on the day and played a normal parlay, it might be tough to win all three. However, if you play a teaser, you’ll have a smaller payout if you win your three-team teaser, but the benefit is that you increase your chances of winning by getting points for each game. Let’s say you played a six-point teaser on your college football picks, you would be able to move the line six points in your favor for each of your three games. If a team was originally -9.5, now your new line would be -3.5, which is much easier to cover. 

College Football Totals

You can also bet on the total amount of points that can be scored in a game.  You are betting on whether the actual total will be over or under the posted total from sportsbook. For example, if LSU is playing Alabama, there may be a total of 57.5 points. This line includes a half-point to avoid a push. You would bet on the total being over or under 57.5. Factors to consider in betting over or under include both teams offenses and defenses, weather, and injuries. 

College Football Futures

There are also college football futures you can invest in. An example of future betting in college football is wagering on which team will win the national champion. You can also bet on the winner of a particular conference, such as who will win the SEC. There are also futures on player props, such as who will win the Heisman Trophy, which is given to the best player in college football. The odds for all of these futures will change throughout the year. With futures, as the sportsbook holds your investment until the event occurs, it is important to invest in a future with good value.