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College Football is a sport that captures the attention of casual fans and gamblers alike, with both sets gearing up for action every Saturday during the fall. There are usually between 40 and 50 games each weekend for gamblers to wager on. With so many games, sometimes the oddsmakers may not have the most accurate lines on some of the lesser watched teams, giving gamblers an opportunity to exploit the weaknesses and make some money. Here are some things to consider when wagering on totals and point spreads in college football.
While college football games and NFL games are each 60 minutes long, totals tend to be higher in college football because there are more clock stoppages and more plays, giving teams more time to score.
It’s important to check the weather before placing your total bets. Rain, snow, wind and cold can lead to lower offensive numbers than the warm weather that tends to occur early in the season. It is also important to look at how the two teams matchup. If both teams have strong offenses and weak defenses, the game could quickly become a shootout, but if both teams struggle to score and have strong defenses, the game is likely to produce fewer points.
Watching the injury report is important as well. If a team is missing key players on either offense or defense it could become an issue. College teams do not have the same depth as NFL teams and it is not as easy to replace a top player.
When betting the point spread in college football there are many things to consider.
Of course, you should always start with the injury reports. If one team is missing their top players they are more likely to struggle. Also, in college football a lot of times a team may bench some of their starters because of off the field issues. These kids are younger and more likely to get in trouble than professional athletes, who are being paid big money to act responsibly.
You should look at the quality of the opponents each team has played. The strength of schedule in college football varies much more than in the NFL. You may have a 4-0 team playing a 2-2 team, but the 4-0 team has beaten poorly rated teams, while the 2-2 is favored because they have played four games against much tougher competition. This is particularly important to pay attention to when teams are playing out of conference games against lower level competition. Records can be very deceiving in certain circumstances.
It is also important to know if there is any revenge or emotional factors in play. College football tends to be a lot more emotional than NFL. Teams have fierce rivalries and when two rivals get together you can throw records and statistics out the window. College teams are also more likely to run up the score in games to try and impress voters that determine which teams play in the playoffs. So, while a team up 24 points with 4 minutes to go in the NFL may look to run out the clock, in college football they’ll look to score again to improve their margin of victory.