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How to read College Football Odds

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Betting on the point spread, the moneyline, and the over/under are three of the most basic ways to bet on college football games. In a point spread bet, you're betting on how many points a team will win or lose by in a given game. When betting the moneyline, you're betting on what team will win the game, regardless of the final score. And when betting the total, you're betting the combined amount of points scored (total) in an entire game.


Set by oddsmakers in sportsbooks, the college football point spread is the number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. The point spread is also a way for sportsbooks to attract bets on the two teams playing in the game.

How to bet college football odds

Let's say, for example, the Florida Gators have been set as (-4.5) point spread favorites over the Missouri Tigers. If you bet the Gators, Florida would have to win the game by at least 5 points for you to win your bet. Missouri (+4.5), on the other hand, is the underdog in this spot. If you bet on Missouri, the Tigers would have to win (the game) or lose by 4 or fewer points to cash money. MONEYLINE BET: Straight up .. homie Simple to understand, college football moneyline odds, set by oddsmakers in sportsbooks, are also easy to make bets on as bettors just have to pick a team to win a game.

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Betting on College Football Games

The moneyline value assigned to a given team implies the probability of winning (said game). These moneyline odds can change throughout the week, so it would be a good idea to keep track of them. This way you will know what team is getting bet on the most, and be able to track how the money is moving. For example, let's make the Gators a (-160) moneyline betting favorite over the Tigers, while Missouri a (+120) underdog. If you bet on the Gators, you would to risk $160 to win $100 ($160 + $100 profit). A $100 bet on the Tigers would return $220 ($100 + $120 profit). (The team you bet has to win the game.) Overs/Unders: To score ... or not

Over Under Bets in the College Football

The Over/Under (total) in a college football game is the amount of combined points scored between the two teams. Also set by oddsmakers, it provides another way to bet, if you don't have a strong opinion on what team you think is going to win a given game. Imagine if oddsmakers have set the Missouri -Florida Over/Under total at 52. If you think more than 52 points will be scored in the game, you would bet the Over. If you think 51 points or less will be scored in the game, you would bet the Under total. (* The bet comes with an added 10-15 % at your favorite 'book.) Lots of college football action is coming at bettors fast, but @bet_on305fernie has you covered around here with some of his best bets, betting tips, tutorials, etc. Check out all of his work here: Looking for more free picks and sports betting tips? Check out some of the free picks and advice from our expert sports handicapper. We also recommend you look over some of his work in our sports betting library. Feel free to contact him with a comment, question or suggestion. Note: It won't be long before these FREE PICKS will be behind a paywall. So, come check us out TODAY!!

Fernie Ruano, a South Florida-based multimedia specialist and copywriter with a concentration in sports betting analysis and Miami culture, has just about covered it all over the years. Follow him on Twitter at @bet_on305fernie.

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