When it comes to sports betting and college football it is important that you understand how to make smart bets. Smart bets are not just the ones that you win, they are the ones on which you win a substantial amount of cash. A smart bet can also be one on which you limit your losses.
As an example, you might decide that a game on which everyone was heavily betting the favorite had a less than certain outcome. You liked the favorite, but not enough to put a lot of cash down on the game, so you bet lost the minimum. That’s not a bad outcome.
All Bets Are Not Created Equal
In college football, some sports bets are more likely to be winners. Save your three to five unit bets for those games where you are almost certain that you are picking the winner. Make very few of these bets each week, and make a majority of your wagers at one and two units. If you limit your risk, you’ll be much happier you’re your bankroll at the end of the week.
The Less Hype the Better
Look for games that are not being hyped. You make the same amount of cash on a low profile game as you do on those games that everyone wants to bet. Hyped games can be tough to handicap, and the spreads and over/under, due to all the press, can be difficult to properly assess.
Also, by betting on college football games that have garnered very little attention, you’ll have odds that were created quickly. These are often determined after much less research than was done on the big games, and that are fairly loose compared to those contests on which everyone is wagering.
Bookmakers don’t care about the games that very few people will bet on. You really should exploit that fact – care about them, and bet on them a lot. There are real deals there.
Go for the Half-Time Bet
Half-time bets, where the totals and spreads are created very quickly, can be a great way to hedge bets you feel you may lose, or to use your understanding of a matchup to make some easy cash. We have devoted an entire article to specifically discuss half-time odds and wagers. For the sake of this article, remember that they are well worth considering and making.
Keep It Simple
Here’s a basic fact: The bets that tend to pay off the most are the simple ones. Those would be spread and totals wagers. Bets that pay off less often are the parlays, props, and other types of wagers. You should wager on the basic sports bets, the point spread and over/under. These offer low payoffs, but that’s because they offer you the best chance of winning.