How to Bet on College Football

Betting College Football can be overwhelming but BetQL makes it easy

Betting against the spread in College Football

College Football Odds can be broken down into a few different sections including: College Football Point Spreads, College Football Money Lines, College Football Totals, College Football Over/Unders, College Football First Half Odds, and College Football 2nd Half Odds. How to read College Football Odds can be confusing but BetQL is here to help.

College Football spreads: Betting against the spread, or ATS for short, is the most popular way to bet on NFL games and is also very simple. The team that is favored will be listed with a negative number (i.e. -5) and that is the number they need to win the game by. In this example the favorite must win by 6 or more points to “cover” the spread and win the bet. If they win by exactly 5-points the bet is considered a “push” or “no-bet”. The inverse of this College Football betting line example is called the underdog and next to their team will be a positive number (ie. +5) and this number is the maximum their team can lose by. In this example the underdog can lose by 5 points or less to be considered a win. If the team loses by exactly 5 then the bet is considered a “push” or “no-bet”. The way College Football odds works is that corresponding to the College Football spread will be a number that shows the odds of what your bet will payout. We will use the same example we used to show how College Football point spreads works, but now add in the College Football Betting Odds.

Alabama (-5) -110

Clemson (+5) -110

The -110 in the example above is our college football Betting Odds. This shows that you would need to bet $110 to win $100. The sportsbook sets the odds this way to make it enticing to bet both sides of the college football line. The sportsbook will also take a portion of the bet which is known as the “vig” or “juice” essentially this is like a tax you pay for the opportunity to place the bet.

When betting against the spread, many sport books will allow you to “buy points”, which will change what the line is at adjusted odds. For example Alabama  are -5 favorites to Clemson in the National Championship at -110 odds, meaning a $110 bet on the Alabama will pay out $100.

You really like Alabama to win the game, but are worried that Clemson will keep the game close.

In this case, you could buy a half point -- bumping to the line Alabama -4.5, and thus making Alabama cover the spread if they win by 5 points as opposed to a ‘push’ with the original odds.. However, if you decide to do this the odds for new line (Alabama) will bump to -130 and thus lessing your potential payout. Buying points in not available on all sports books.

Betting against the spread in college football can be tricky and you must find value in your college football spreads in order to remain profitable over the long term

Betting College Football Money Lines

College Football Money Line betting is the simplest and a popular form of betting. In college football money line betting you are simply picking which team will outright win the game. College Football Money Line odds will list the the favorite in a given game as a negative number (ie. -200) that means you will have to bet that amount to win $100. College Football Money Line odds will also list the underdog as a positive number (ie. +500) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet. A bet can “push” in college football money line bets if the game ends in a tie. In this case most sports books will return to you the amount that was wagered on the game.

The lines in college football money line betting typically range from -110, which would be considered a small favorite all the way up to -1000, which would be considered a massive favorite in college football money line betting. You can head over to our college football odds page which shows all of our best value bets for the day to see if the action is worth it.

An example of a college football game that would likely have tight money line odds would be a game between Alabama and LSU played in LSU. In this case Alabama would likely only be -120 favorites or could even be a “pick em” game where both teams have -110 odds. A game that would have  larger money line odds would be a game between Alabama and Arkansas, played in Alabama. In this case Alabama would likely be -800 of higher money line favorites.

College football money line bets are difficult to find value and that is why college football money line betting is not as popular as betting against the spread or betting a college football over under. Many bettors like to parlay multiple NFL money line bets together to help to improve the pay out of their NFL money line bet.

BetQL will help you to make the most informed college football money line bets because we have the most updated college football money lines. We work closely with the sportsbooks to show you the most updated data.  

Betting College Football Totals

College football totals betting is wagering on the combined points scored between both of the teams playing in a selected game. There are also options to bet on how many points only one of the teams will score. More commonly this type of bet is called an over under bet. In the college football over unders are typically between 40 and 80 points. Similar to betting the spread, there can be a “push” if the total amount of points scored in the game exactly equals the total. You can also bet on the total points scored in the first half, otherwise known as college football first half over unders. Once the first half of a game is over, you can also bet on the total points scored in only the second half of a college football game, which is referred to as college football second half over unders.

When betting college football over unders, many sportsbooks will allow you to “buy points”, which will change what the NFL total is at adjusted odds. For example the Alabama-Clemson matchup has an over-under of 65 points. You really like Alabama to score a lot of points but maybe don’t like Clemson to score as many as they are projected to. In this case you could “buy” 1 point to make the total 49 points instead of 50 points. But the odds would adjust from -110 to -120 and lessing your potential payout.

First Half Betting Against the Spread

Betting the college football first half moneyline is almost as easy as it sounds. You are simply picking which team will outright win the first half of an NFL game. The 1st half favorite will be listed as a negative number (ie. -300) that means you will have to wager $300 to win $100. The underdog will be listed as a positive number (ie. +400) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet. College football first half money line bets are the exact same as a full game college football money line bets except that they only apply to the first half. This means that any result in the 2nd half does not count towards the bet. Betting college football first half spreads is the same concept as betting college football first half money lines, except you are betting against the spread (ATS). College football first half money lines are typically at lower odds than the college football full game money lines. This makes college football first half money line betting popular among bettors who like to target teams who are big favorites in any given matchup. Underdogs should not be overlooked in college football first half money line betting, especially from home underdogs who tend to come out and play well in front of their home fans before talent and ability take hold in the second half.

College football first half money line bets are ideal for teams that have a trend of getting off to a hot start or have better odds on a first half only money line bet. One of the hardest parts of betting a college football first half is that the odds are constantly being updated. Most sites aren’t able to show you the most updated first half spreads but at BetQL we can. We work closely with the sportsbooks to provide you with the most updated college football first half odds, lines, and spreads.

First Half Money Line Betting

Betting college football first half moneyline is almost as easy as it sounds. You are simply picking which team will outright win the first half of a college football game. The 1st half favorite will be listed as a negative number (ie. -300) that means you will have to wager $300 to win $100. The underdog will be listed as a positive number (ie. +400) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet. College football first half money line bets are the exact same as a full game college football money line bets except that they only apply to the first half. This means that any result in the 2nd half does not count towards the bet. Betting college football first half spreads is the same concept as betting college football first half money lines, except you are betting against the spread (ATS). College football first half money lines are typically at lower odds than the college football full game money lines. This makes college football first half money line betting popular among bettors who like to target teams who are big favorites in any given matchup. Underdogs should not be overlooked in college football first half money line betting, especially from home underdogs who tend to come out and play well in front of their home fans before talent and ability take hold in the second half.

College football first half money line bets are ideal for teams that have a trend of getting off to a hot start or have better odds on a first half only money line bet. One of the hardest parts of betting college football first half is that the odds are constantly being updated. Most sites aren’t able to show you the most updated first half spreads but at BetQL we can. We work closely with the sportsbooks to provide you with the most updated college football first half odds, lines, and spreads.

Betting 2nd Half Spread in College Football

Betting college football second half moneyline is exactly what it seems. You are simply picking which team will win the game in the second half. The score from the first half has no impact because betting the 2nd half moneyline only takes into account the score from the second half. When you are looking at the money line for the second half of a college football game the favorite will be listed as a negative number (ie. -300) that means you will have to bet that amount to win $100. The underdog for the second half will be listed as a positive number (ie. +300) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet. College football second half money line bets are the same as a full game college football money line bet except that they only apply to the second half, again this means that any results from the 1st half does not count towards the bet.

College football second half money line bets are ideal for teams that have a trend of getting behind early but make comebacks. Second half money line bets are also good for when a large favorite gets behind in the first half to an underdog. There are also options to bet college football first half spreads. Betting college football first half spreads is the same concept as betting college football first half money lines, except you are betting against the spread (ATS).

College football second half money lines are typically at lower odds than the college football full game money lines. However, the second half money lines are adjusted based on a combination of the results from the first half with what the lines are for the whole game. This makes college football second half money line betting popular among bettors who like to target teams who are big favorites in any given matchup and might be down at the first half. Underdogs should not be overlooked in college football second half money line betting, especially from home underdogs who may be down after halftime but have a good chance for a second half come back.

There are also options to bet on college football second half totals, as well as College football second half team totals. These bets are betting on how many total points will be scored by both teams in the first half, or in the case of college football second half team totals, the amount of points scored by only one of the teams.

Betting 2nd Half Money Lines in College Football

Betting the college football second half moneyline is exactly what it seems. You are simply picking which team will win the game in the second half. The score from the first half has no impact because betting the 2nd half moneyline only takes into account the score from the second half. When you are looking at the money line for the second half of a college football game the favorite will be listed as a negative number (ie. -300) that means you will have to bet that amount to win $100. The underdog for the second half will be listed as a positive number (ie. +300) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet. College football second half money line bets are the same as a full game college football money line bet except that they only apply to the second half, again this means that any results from the 1st half does not count towards the bet.

College football second half money line bets are ideal for teams that have a trend of getting behind early but make comebacks. Second half money line bets are also good for when a large favorite gets behind in the first half to an underdog. There are also options to bet college football first half spreads. Betting college football first half spreads is the same concept as betting college football first half money lines, except you are betting against the spread (ATS).

College football second half money lines are typically at lower odds than the college football full game money lines. However, the second half money lines are adjusted based on a combination of the results from the first half with what the lines are for the whole game. This makes college football second half money line betting popular among bettors who like to target teams who are big favorites in any given matchup and might be down at the first half. Underdogs should not be overlooked in college football second half money line betting, especially from home underdogs who may be down after halftime but have a good chance for a second half come back.

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