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College Football betting guide

In college towns, NCAA football is the single biggest thing going. During the season, stadiums fill with 100,000s of raucous fans. What makes this traditional Saturday ritual even more entertaining is the availability of online college football betting. NCAAF betting is for people that want action – it’s not uncommon to see 35 games being played on a single Saturday during the season.

NCAAF
12/4/2021, 12:00 AM
Texas-San Antonio
Texas-San Antonio
Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 1:00 AM
Utah
Utah
Oregon
Oregon
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 5:00 PM
Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois
Kent State
Kent State
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 5:00 PM
Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State
Baylor
Baylor
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 8:00 PM
San Diego State
San Diego State
Utah State
Utah State
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 8:30 PM
UL Lafayette
UL Lafayette
Appalachian State
Appalachian State
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 9:00 PM
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Houston
Houston
NCAAF
12/4/2021, 9:00 PM
Alabama
Alabama
Georgia
Georgia
NCAAF
12/5/2021, 1:00 AM
Iowa
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan
NCAAF
12/5/2021, 1:00 AM
Wake Forest
Wake Forest
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
NCAAF
12/5/2021, 4:00 AM
California
California
Southern California
Southern California

Last updated: Dec 3, 7:38 AM UTC

College football betting tips

With all NCAAF online sportsbooks looking for new customers, it’s important that we do our due diligence and shop around and find a book — or books — that give us the best chances of winning.

For the bettor, some of these edges come in the form of promotions. Not all sportsbooks offer the same odds and with college football betting it is even more important to do the research as not all promotions that are offered for the NFL are offered for American college football.

It can also help to follow college football experts who give out picks and tips for college games. We have our own stable of college football handicappers who can guide you picks and bets.

College football: Most popular markets

The 2021 future markets on most college football betting sites show a very familiar group of schools. It’s no surprise Alabama has the lowest odds to repeat last season’s win. They’re followed by Clemson Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Georgia who round out the top five.

A bet on any of these schools is a wager on which one is going to win the College Football Playoff National Championship game this season. Each of these teams would likely have to win 12 or 13 games of their 13-game schedule to earn a top-four seed and a chance to play in the College Football Playoffs, where they would need to win another two games in order for our future bets to pay out.

Of the top-five schools, Oklahoma has the favorite to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy in QB Spencer Rattler.

NCAAF odds

Moneyline
Spread
Total
Odds Settings
Game
Dec 4, 21 @ 12:00 AM UTC
Texas-San Antonio
Texas-San Antonio
Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky
Dec 4, 21 @ 1:00 AM UTC
Utah
Utah
Oregon
Oregon
Dec 4, 21 @ 5:00 PM UTC
Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State
Baylor
Baylor
Dec 4, 21 @ 5:00 PM UTC
Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois
Kent State
Kent State

Odds updated: Dec 3, 7:40 AM UTC

What is the College Football Playoff?

The College Football Playoff is a four-team, single-loss knockout tournament that pits the nation’s best quartet of football programs against each other and crowns a national champion.

With the national rankings decided at the end of the regular season, the No.1 ranked team plays No.4, and the No.2 plays No.3 in each semifinal, with the winners meeting in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. This format was only introduced in 2014, with Alabama making it to the playoffs six of a possible seven times and winning the national title three times.

Reigning champions

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2020
NCAAF champion

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide won their sixth national championship since 2009, defeating No.3 seed Ohio State 52-24 as 9.5-point favorites. Alabama scored four touchdowns in the second quarter alone thanks to the heroics of wide receiver DeVonta Smith who had 215 receiving yards and three TDs in the game’s first 30 minutes.

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2020
Heisman Trophy winner

DeVonta Smith

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith finished his collegiate career in style with 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, winning the 2020 Heisman trophy in the process. Smith’s college football odds to win were +5000 before the season began. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles 10th overall in the 2021 NFL draft.

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2020
Big Ten champion

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes won their fourth championship in a row, beating Northwestern 22-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The meeting of the best from the conference’s east and west was a repeat of the 2018 game and saw eight million viewers tune in to watch. Running back Trey Sermon – since drafted by the San Francisco 49ers – picked up the game’s MVP.

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2020
Big 12 champion

Oklahoma Sooners

Led by one of the preseason favourites for this year’s Heisman Trophy, Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma beat no.1 seed Iowa State to secure their fifth Big 12 title in a row. The Sooners have dominated the conference championship in the 21st century, winning 11 titles. They look good to do it all over again this year, too.

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2020
ACC champion

Clemson Tigers

Despite losing to them in the regular season, Clemson beat Notre Dame 34-10 in the ACC Championship game. It was their sixth title in a row, beating a different opponent every year. Trevor Lawrence, the no.1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, was the game’s MVP, as he led his team to the title.

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2020
Pac-12 champion

Oregon Ducks

Oregon beat USC at the Coliseum in Los Angeles 31-24, securing their second successive championship in the process. While the game sees the meeting of the North and South division champions face off, second placed Oregon finished behind Washington in the North, but the Huskies had insufficient players and was unable to field a team.

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2020
SEC champion

Alabama Crimson Tide

After LSU’s win the year before, Alabama regained their title in a shoot-out against Florida, winning 52-46 in Atlanta. Running back Najee Harris (drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers) finished with 31 carries, 178 yards and two TDs, as he gashed the Gators’ defense and became the game’s MVP.

Live betting on college football

The world of rushing to get our bets in before kickoff is over. Many sportsbooks that offer college football bets also offer in-play or in-game betting — sometimes referred to as live bets. The margins are usually a little higher and some promotions don’t include in-play bets, but live betting gives us the chance to get a feel on a NCAAF game before throwing down some hard-earned dollars.

If Alabama is a 22-point favorite versus Tennessee and we would like to see how the game starts and possibly get the favorite on the spread at a lower number, in-game betting allows us to wager on a constantly moving line that will differ from the pre-game line and odds.

Some NCAAF betting sites offer more markets for in-game wagers than others. These could include in-game team, game, and player props.

College football betting promotions

Parlay insurance

Some NFL books offer bettors protection with multiple-leg parlays called parlay insurance. Let's say we make a five-game parlay and four of the five win, parlay insurance will pay us our original wager back when most books would deem that bet a loser.

Odds boosts

Newer sportsbooks often offer a promotion called odds boosts. The book will offer better (boosted) odds on certain wagers that move the odds into the favor of the customer. These could include spreads, totals, moneylines, and prop markets. Some books allow customers to use the boost for bets of their choice while others offer only specific plays for the boost.

Sign-up bonuses

When signing up for a new NFL online sportsbook, it’s important to shop around for sign-up bonuses. Some books will match customers’ first-time deposits up to a certain amount. Players will sometimes have to bet that bonus a certain number of times (called a rollover) before the money can be withdrawn.

Early payouts

Sometimes we bettors don’t have to sweat through an entire game before winning our bets. Early payouts are a great promotion that turns our bet into a winner if our team is winning by a certain margin, before a game is even over. If we bet on the Dallas Cowboys to win the game (moneyline) and they jump out to a 17-point lead (or whatever the book’s set number for this promotion is) we will be paid for that bet regardless of the final outcome.

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