Tips & Strategies to Consider When Betting on NCAAF
Shop Around: You don’t have to select just one sportsbook to place all your wagers. In fact, you’re less likely to find the number you’re looking for if you exclusively wager in one spot. If a site has Arkansas +5.5 vs. South Carolina but another has the Razorbacks at +7, that is a huge 1.5-point difference for the same bet. You’ll be glad you shopped around.
Don’t Bet Every Game: There are roughly 60 games every week in NCAA football. Betting on too many of them isn’t a winning strategy. Instead, find the edge in a handful of games you’re most confident in. Some weeks that could be a dozen bets, other weeks just 3-4.
Bankroll Management: Going “all-in” after losing a bet to make up for it is only going to cause further damage to your bankroll. Instead, stick with 2-5% of your bankroll for each bet. No pick is 100% guaranteed – sticking with 5% on your most-confident picks is a way to make sure you have money for the future after a downturn in luck.
College Football Betting Tools to Help Your Decision
Looking for different spreads from the best betting sites? Wondering which prop bets are worth taking for Saturday night’s Pac-12 showdown? Seeking advice from some of the nation’s premier college football handicappers?
Whatever the angle, Bookies.com has football bettors covered tools to help you navigate everything from the lines on this week’s action to futures bets ranging from the College Football Playoff champion to this season's Heisman Trophy winner to the winner of the SEC.
ATS trends: The LSU Tigers may have run the table in 2019 to win the national championship, but they weren’t the best bet against the spread. They weren’t even the best in the SEC. The Kentucky Wildcats went 10-3 ATS (76.9%), the nation’s best mark (tied with Navy). You can follow how each team fares on spread bets and see by how many points they covered – or failed to cover.
Over/under trends: Only three of Georgia’s 14 games hit the Over in 2019, but the Over cashed in nearly 70% of Michigan games. This page breaks down the O/U betting trends for every major college football program throughout the season, from Week 1 through the Bowl Games and the national championship game.
NCAA Football consensus: Knowing where other bettors have placed your bet may help you decide which teams to back – or which to fade. The college football consensus page indicates where bettors are putting their money.
Free NCAA Football experts picks: You need to hit more than 52.4% of your picks to be profitable in college football. It’s harder than it sounds, and only the best of the best can hit better than 53% percent consistently. More than 55% and you’re really doing well.
Bookmark the Bookies.com college football odds page and return regularly to find the best odds on games and futures betting, as well as free college football picks and advice from Bookies.com’s elite team of handicappers. You can also use our odds calculator to realize potential winnings.
Which States Allow Legal College Football Betting?
Seventeen states have full-scale, legalized sports betting. Of those, however, just eight offer online sports betting as of spring 2020: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado and Nevada.
Five more states have passed bills allowing it but don’t yet have active sportsbooks. Another 26 states have introduced bills for the legalization of sports betting, but they haven’t been voted on. And there are three states that have nothing introduced and remain way behind the times: Wisconsin, Idaho and Utah.
The NCAA’s Stance on College Football Betting
The NCAA once held a hardline stance against betting on college athletics and would still prefer the federal government put a ban on betting college action. But that’s highly unlikely to happen, so lately the organization has focused more on betting awareness on campuses and ensuring schools and student-athletes refrain from anything that may undermine the integrity of the games.
In 2019, the NCAA rescinded a ban on holding championship bets in states that allow sports betting. Indiana – home to the NCAA and legal sports betting – is slated to host the Final Four in 2021.