NCAAF Consensus

The NCAAF Consensus helps you understand where the public money is going. Once you know where bettors are placing their bets you can then decide to trust the consensus spread or bet against it.

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TOMORROW
% of Bets
Open Line
Current Consensus
Best Odds
305
Arkansas State Red Wolves
ARKS
306
@Appalachian State Mountaineers
APP
48%
48%
52%
52%
+10
-111
-10
-111
+13
-108
-13
-113
% of Bets
Open Line
Current Consensus
Best Odds
397
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
JVST
398
@FIU Panthers
FIU
35%
35%
65%
65%
+10.5
-114
-10.5
-106
+10.5
-114
-10.5
-106
SEM
@
SIL
0%
0%
0%
0%
- -
- -
- -
- -
307
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
TLSA
308
@South Florida Bulls
USF
50%
50%
50%
50%
-9.5
-114
+9.5
-107
-10.5
-110
+10.5
-111
309
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
ULL
310
@UAB Blazers
UAB
48%
48%
52%
52%
+2
-111
-2
-111
+1
-109
-1
-112
387
Illinois Fighting Illini
ILL
388
@Wisconsin Badgers
WISC
61%
61%
39%
39%
+19
-110
-19
-110
+19.5
-112
-19.5
-109
% of Bets
Open Line
Current Consensus
Best Odds
353
Auburn Tigers
AUB
354
@Miss Ole Rebels
MISS
39%
39%
61%
61%
-3.5
-107
+3.5
-115
-3
-113
+3
-108
321
North Carolina State Wolfpack
NCST
322
@North Carolina Tar Heels
UNC
71%
71%
29%
29%
+14.5
-115
-14.5
-106
+16.5
-108
-16.5
-113
327
Georgia Southern Eagles
GASO
328
@Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
CC
42%
42%
58%
58%
+4.5
-112
-4.5
-109
+6.5
-111
-6.5
-110
Mercer Bears
MER
@Army Black Knights
ARMY
50%
50%
50%
50%
+31.5
-110
-31.5
-110
+29.5
-110
-29.5
-110
351
Oklahoma Sooners
OKLA
352
@TCU Horned Frogs
TCU
54%
54%
46%
46%
-6.5
-111
+6.5
-111
-6.5
-111
+6.5
-110
359
Kansas Jayhawks
KU
360
@Kansas State Wildcats
KSU
25%
25%
75%
75%
+18.5
-110
-18.5
-110
+20
-112
-20
-111
325
Syracuse Orange
SYR
326
@Clemson Tigers
CLEM
37%
37%
63%
63%
+44.5
-112
-44.5
-109
+45.5
-107
-45.5
-114
357
Temple Owls
TEM
358
@Memphis Tigers
MEM
47%
47%
53%
53%
+13.5
-109
-13.5
-112
+13.5
-110
-13.5
-111
313
Florida State Seminoles
FSU
314
@Louisville Cardinals
LOU
69%
69%
31%
31%
+5.5
-110
-5.5
-110
+5
-111
-5
-110
339
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
RUTG
340
@Michigan State Spartans
MSU
42%
42%
58%
58%
+13
-110
-13
-110
+13
-110
-13
-113
391
UTEP Miners
UTEP
392
@Charlotte 49ers
CHAR
46%
46%
54%
54%
+14
-110
-14
-112
+14.5
-112
-14.5
-109
341
Nebraska Cornhuskers
NEB
342
@Ohio State Buckeyes
OSU
27%
27%
73%
73%
+26
-110
-26
-111
+26
-110
-26
-111
MIZ
@
FLA
0%
0%
0%
0%
- -
- -
- -
- -
UGA
@
KEN
0%
0%
0%
0%
- -
- -
- -
- -
383
Miss Southern Golden Eagles
USM
384
@Liberty Flames
LIB
35%
35%
65%
65%
+11
-111
-11
-111
+10
-110
-10
-111
308901
Abilene Christian Wildcats
ABCH
308902
@Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
SFA
-2.5
-110
+2.5
-110
-2.5
-110
+2.5
-110
331
Tulane Green Wave
TULN
332
@UCF Knights
UCF
64%
64%
36%
36%
+18.5
-111
-18.5
-110
+19.5
-111
-19.5
-110
373
Florida Atlantic Owls
FAU
374
@Marshall Thundering Herd
MRSH
31%
31%
69%
69%
+14.5
-112
-14.5
-109
+17
-114
-17
-109
UCA
@
EKY
0%
0%
0%
0%
- -
- -
- -
- -
323
Virginia Tech Hokies
VT
324
@Wake Forest Demon Deacons
WAKE
70%
70%
30%
30%
-7.5
-107
+7.5
-112
-9.5
-114
+9.5
-106
343
Iowa Hawkeyes
IOWA
344
@Purdue Boilermakers
PUR
60%
60%
40%
40%
-3.5
-107
+3.5
-113
-3.5
-109
+3.5
-112
349
Iowa State Cyclones
ISU
350
@Oklahoma State Cowboys
OKST
34%
34%
66%
66%
+3.5
-113
-3.5
-108
+3.5
-112
-3.5
-109
319
Alabama Crimson Tide
BAMA
320
@Tennessee Volunteers
TENN
71%
71%
29%
29%
-21
-110
+21
-110
-21
-110
+21
-110
317
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
ND
318
@Pittsburgh Panthers
PITT
64%
64%
36%
36%
-9.5
-138
+9.5
-136
-10.5
-110
+10.5
-111
393
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
MTSU
394
@Rice Owls
RICE
39%
39%
61%
61%
+2
-111
-2
-111
+3.5
-112
-3.5
-109
337
Penn State Nittany Lions
PSU
338
@Indiana Hoosiers
IND
73%
73%
27%
27%
-6.5
-111
+6.5
-110
-6.5
-111
+6.5
-110
335
Houston Cougars
HOU
336
@Navy Midshipmen
NAVY
59%
59%
41%
41%
-14
-110
+14
-110
-14
-109
+14
-112
345
Baylor Bears
BAY
346
@Texas Longhorns
TEX
51%
51%
49%
49%
+10.5
-112
-10.5
-109
+8.5
-109
-8.5
-112
Chattanooga Mocs
CHT
@Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
WKU
+14.5
-115
-14.5
-104
+14.5
-115
-14.5
-104
311
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
GT
312
@Boston College Eagles
BC
43%
43%
57%
57%
+4
-111
-4
-111
+3
-103
-3
-118
389
Georgia State Panthers
GAST
390
@Troy Trojans
TROY
49%
49%
51%
51%
+1.5
-111
-1.5
-110
+2.5
-108
-2.5
-113
Kentucky Wildcats
UK
@Missouri Tigers
MIZ
70%
70%
30%
30%
-6.5
-110
+6.5
-110
-5.5
-110
+5.5
-111
355
West Virginia Mountaineers
WVU
356
@Texas Tech Red Raiders
TTU
64%
64%
36%
36%
-3
-107
+3
-114
-3.5
-107
+3.5
-114
381
Wyoming Cowboys
WYO
382
@Nevada Wolf Pack
NEV
68%
68%
32%
32%
-3.5
-107
+3.5
-113
-4.5
-111
+4.5
-110
361
South Carolina Gamecocks
SCAR
362
@LSU Tigers
LSU
60%
60%
40%
40%
+6.5
-111
-6.5
-109
+6.5
-108
-6.5
-113
371
Utah State Aggies
USU
372
@Boise State Broncos
BOIS
53%
53%
47%
47%
+14.5
-110
-14.5
-112
+16.5
-112
-16.5
-109
363
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
ULM
364
@South Alabama Jaguars
USA
25%
25%
75%
75%
+13.5
-113
-13.5
-109
+14.5
-109
-14.5
-112
385
Michigan Wolverines
MICH
386
@Minnesota Golden Gophers
MINN
53%
53%
47%
47%
+1.5
-109
-1.5
-111
-3
-115
+3
-106
365
Maryland Terrapins
MD
366
@Northwestern Wildcats
NW
47%
47%
53%
53%
+8
-111
-8
-111
+11
-109
-11
-113
375
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
HAW
376
@Fresno State Bulldogs
FRE
75%
75%
25%
25%
+4.5
-109
-4.5
-111
+4
-110
-4
-110
395
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
LT
396
@UT San Antonio Roadrunners
UTSA
69%
69%
31%
31%
-1.5
-110
+1.5
-109
-2.5
-112
+2.5
-109
329
Virginia Cavaliers
UVA
330
@Miami Hurricanes FL
MIA
37%
37%
63%
63%
+11.5
-111
-11.5
-108
+11.5
-111
-11.5
-109
369
New Mexico Lobos
NM
370
@Colorado State Rams
CSU
71%
71%
29%
29%
+18.5
-110
-18.5
-109
+16.5
-109
-16.5
-111
347
Cincinnati Bearcats
CIN
348
@SMU Mustangs
SMU
54%
54%
46%
46%
+2.5
-110
-2.5
-112
+2.5
-109
-2.5
-112

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What is the NCAAF Public Consensus?

The public consensus in NCAA football betting is simply the wager favored by the majority of bettors (typically expressed as “percentage of bets”), providing insight into how the general betting public feels about a given contest.

How Can NCAAF Consensus Affect Your Betting Decision?

The public consensus offers any bettor a glimpse of how wagers are breaking down in a sportsbook. If a lot of bets come in on a certain team, the public consensus can even influence the point spread, leading online betting sites to adjust it a point one way or another depending on who the money favors.

For less experienced bettors, public consensus can act as a road map to help people determine what the most popular bet might be on any given contest. But anyone undertaking bets made with the public consensus need to do so with the understanding that the public at large isn’t comprised of betting experts, leading to lots of bets based on favoritism or name recognition. That money can swing the consensus in a direction that might not be the smartest bet.

More on that in a minute. Initially, though, a bettor’s first decision will be to go with or against the public consensus, a choice that often depends on the matchup. The consensus betting tool at Bookies.com provides the most up-to-date information on where that public money is going. The consensus might be more helpful in games that don’t include the big-name teams that draw lots of casual bettors. Savvy bettors, on the other hand, learn when to trust the consensus in their wagering decisions, and when to go against the tide, which is a practice known as “fading” and is common among “sharp” bettors. More infomation on this and other strategic aspects of college football betting is available in our football betting guide.

Should I Bet with or Against the Public?

In college football, the elite power programs attract the most attention — from blue-chip recruits, from television networks, from national media, and from the betting public at large. Bettors who wager with little to no knowledge of the sport’s subtleties are more attracted to a brand name like an Alabama or Oklahoma, simply because they’re more familiar with them, and all that public money can often influence how sportsbooks set the lines.

Of course,in a sport like college football where the majority of the time a handful of programs dominate the rest, public oney isn't everything. Clemson -11 in the College Football Playoff semifinals after the 2018 season was a consensus-based choice that made sense, and proved accurate after the Tigers thumped Notre Dame.

But not all spreads are that large, and many require some nuance to navigate, and the public — hello, Alabama -6 over Clemson in the 2019 national title game — isn’t always right.

The Mindset of a Sharp

Savvy bettors known as “sharps” go not with the herd, but with betting trends; sometimes they point toward the consensus, and other times they don’t. Sharp bettors study a team’s recent performances against the spread and against the total, information that’s easily available on betting websites. Some sharps develop their own betting guidelines and systems that they stick to regardless of what the masses do.

Sharps occasionally make a move known as “fading the public,” which means betting against the consensus — like taking Clemson over the favored Crimson Tide in the 2019 title game. It’s a tactic that requires some judiciousness; you don’t want to do it all the time, but it can pay off if the research and homework appear to run counter to line moves influenced by college football consensus betting.

Common Fades

Sharp bettors are also aware that some programs are simply overvalued, benefitting from NCAAF odds or lines that are inflated because of masses wagering out of sheer favoritism or popularity.The classic case here is Notre Dame, which is beloved by millions of fans, remains a popular NCAA football consensus bet, but has a poor recent track record against elite programs.

Similarly, high-scoring teams such as Oklahoma or Washington State can bedazzle casual bettors with their offenses, only to be exposed when they run up against more complete opponents. Sharps know to dig beyond the obvious, and that there’s always more than meets the eye.

And that digging can sometimes pay off. The further you venture from the game’s highest level, the less lines are impacted by NCAA football consensus betting; amateurs aren’t exactly delving into more obscure matchups like Georgia State against South Alabama, or New Mexico versus San Jose State, or even lower-level power conference games like Vanderbilt against Arkansas.

But savvy bettors can find real gems by diverting from the herd and diving deeper into the pool of games on offer, and unearthing those matchups where the line or the total looks like a mistake. In sports betting, there’s no bigger thrill.

That said, it’s still fun to bet on the big games — be they early season kickoff classics, conference championships, or playoff showdowns — and share in some of the wonderful communal craziness that college football has to offer.

I’ve Taken Note of the NCAAF Consensus. What Happens Now?

Once you’ve examined your options and done your research on the consensus betting tool at Bookies.com, then comes the fun part: making the bet. In college football, each game typically offers at least three main options: a bet against the point spread, a bet on the moneyline, and a bet on whether the combined final score will go over or under a set total.

Decide which way you want to go and compare the odds for that bet at all the licensed, regulatedsportsbooks you see at Bookies.com. Then if you are in a state where sports betting is legal, click the link (make sure to add the promo code for your bonus offer if you are a first-timer to that sportsbook), place your wager and enjoy the game – and hope to collect when it’s over.