The NFL might have the marquee players earning big bucks that the average fan could only dream of making, but college football will always have a special place in the hearts of the American public.
Not only does college football have a longer, richer history than the NFL, but it has particular appeal in those towns and cities that the professional game has neglected.
Passion for these teams has frequently been passed down through the generations, with college players regarded as hometown heroes by many fans.
Betting on the NCAAF is also hugely popular with fans and further below we take a more detailed look at what type of college football bets are available and some betting advice for getting the best value from your NCAAF wagers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most popular types of NCAAF bets are the Moneyline (which is simply betting on the game winner), the Point Spread markets and Totals betting. You can find full explanations of these bets below.
The Moneyline is the easiest wager to understand and is the most popular way to bet on College Football, consisting as it does of simply selecting the winning team in any game. This makes the Moneyline particularly popular with novice bettors.
The good news for NCAAF bettors is that with the games being less predictable than many in the NFL, the betting odds are generally more attractive for those wanting to back favorites.
The Point Spread is another popular wager. Here the sportsbook attempts to level the market by giving the underdog team a theoretical points advantage.
Rather than simply having to win the game (as is the case with the Moneyline), the Point Spread requires the team deemed to be the favorite to win the game doing so by a specified number of points (the spread) for any wager on them to win.
For example, if the underdog were given a Point Spread of +5.5, that means that they would have to either win the game or to lose it by no more than 5 points for a wager on them to win. Conversely, if you bet the favourite at -5.5 then they will need to win by 6 or more points for you to collect.
Totals betting is another very popular market and one that can usually provide interest for the majority of any game.
This market is a simple bet on how many points will be scored overall in the game. A sportsbook might set the Total at 51.5 points (the half-point “hook” being there to prevent a push).
That means that you would have two options to wager on when betting – Over 51.5 points (the combined points scored by both teams) or Under 51.5 points.
Parlays are another popular betting option for NCAA College Football.
Parlays consist of combining two or more bets, so increasing your potential winnings. For a parlay bet to win, all your selections must win.
Parlays can be a good way to boost the odds when you are looking to back several short odds favorites in a market such as the Moneyline, although the more selections you choose in your parlay, the greater the risk that one or more of them will let you down.
Yes. Live NCAAF betting when the game is 'In-Play' enables bettors to bet on the live odds (which will change as time passes in the game and based on the score) once the game has started.
With live betting, you can bet on the result of the game, the point spread and totals or outcomes such as the next touchdown, interception or field goal.