How To Bet On NCAA Football

Identifying and explaining college football bet types

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Let's take a look at all of the ways you can get action on college football.

NCAA Football Single-Game Bet Types

Betting NCAA Football Point Spreads

In spread bets, a team must cover the listed margin.  Negative numbers indicate the favored team. For example, if the spread is listed as UCF -34.5, the Knights must win the game by at least 35 points in order to cover the spread.  Conversely, if the line is listed as East Carolina +34.5, the Pirates must lose the game by 34 points or less, or win the game outright, in order to cover the spread. If the spread was +/- 34 and UFC won by exactly 34, it'd be a push.

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Betting NCAA Football Moneylines

When betting the moneyline, you are betting on the side to win the game, regardless of the final score or margin.  A negative moneyline denotes the favored side. A positive moneyline denotes the underdog. You may calculate your potential return before placing a moneyline bet by using the following guidelines:

Favorites: The amount of money you must bet in order to return $100 on a successful bet.  Example: Memphis -135: a $135 bet will return $100 if Memphis wins.

Underdogs: The amount of money you will win if your $100 bet is successful.  Example: Tulane +115: a $100 bet will return $115 if Tulane wins.

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Betting NCAA Football Totals (Over/Unders)

Total bets are won and lost depending on the total number of points scored by the two teams combined. An Under bet is successful when the two teams combine to score fewer than the listed number of points and an Over bet is successful when the two teams combine to score more than the listed number of points.

Example: Ohio State vs. Northwestern: O/U 49.5

  • The Under is successful if the two teams score 49 or fewer combined points.
  • The Over is successful if the two teams score 50 or more combined points.
  • If the O/U is a whole number, the bet is a push if the two teams score exactly that amount.

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Betting Single Half Lines

Single half bets may be offered as spread, moneyline or total bets.  Single half bet definitions are identical to their full-game counterparts, with the caveat that single half bets are graded after one half of action. If the Lions are leading the game at halftime in the example above, they'd win the bet.

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NCAA Football Multiple-Game Bet Types

Parlays

Using parlays, you can combine multiple individual bets in order to increase your potential return.  In order for a parlay bet to be successful, each individual bet must hit. If any single component is unsuccessful, the entire parlay will be graded as a loss. This style of betting appeals to bettors who eye exponentially-larger payouts, but have much lower odds of winning. 

Example: You place the following parlay bet: Alabama -6.5 (-120) + Clemson -4.5 (-112) + Michigan -8.5 (-110). If Alabama doesn't win by seven or more points, Clemson doesn't win by five or more points and Michigan doesn't win by nine or more points, you won't win the bet. To win, all three outcomes need to occur.

Teasers

A teaser is a type of parlay that has a line that is more favorable to the bettor, at the cost of a lower potential payout when the bet is successful.

Example: In the example above, the sportsbook might give a three-point teaser to the favorites to make the bet more appealing and decrease their risk of a large payout. Therefore, the teaser would look like this: Alabama -3.5 + Clemson -0.5 + Michigan -5.5 with the same odds. While the upside of placing that bet doesn't compare to a traditional parlay, the odds of it hitting are higher, thus creating more safety.

Other NCAA Football Bet Types

Futures

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A futures bet refers to any bet that will be settled in the future.

Examples: team accolades (championship winners, etc), player accolades (MVP, etc) and over/unders (team win totals, player statistics, etc). 

Prop Bets

A prop, or “proposition”, is a bet made regarding the occurrence or non-occurrence of a given event during a game. Sportsbooks attach moneyline odds to these bets and they can be settled before the game goes final.

Examples: a quarterback to throw for more than 299.5 yards (-110), a running back to score a touchdown (+150) or for a wide receiver to score the first touchdown of the game (+300). 

Live Betting

Live betting takes place after the game has started and features in-game props and other bet types. This style of betting features the quickest payouts in the industry and puts bettors right in the action. 

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