College Football, which is a modified version of rugby, is still in the early stages of acceptance in India, but sports-loving Indians do know how huge NFL is in North America.
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) regulates student athletes from over one thousand North American institutions. When it comes to sports betting, college football has always been a draw at all major sportsbooks, and it’s even better online. Indian bettors can still place bets on North American sport – including college football – at their favourite bookmakers.
Our expert college football betting guide will cover:
Moneyline bets are simple & straightforward—you simply bet on who will win the game, regardless of the point spread. Whether they win by 5 or 20, you just have to pick the winner. This is the most intuitive way (for new bettors especially) of betting real money on college football games.
The betting line for the underdog team will be marked with a plus sign, while the line for the favourite will always be listed with a minus sign.
The odds for moneyline bets can be best explained using a $100 wager size.
In the above case, Alabama is the favourite. To win $100 betting on them, you would need to put up $230 (odds of -230). On the flip side, betting $100 on the underdog Tigers would yield a $210 (+210 odds) profit.
The underdog is called that for a reason. Your chances of winning are smaller, but the reward is much bigger.
At its most simple, a college football point spread is the number of points by which one team is favoured. Your online sportsbook will choose the favourite, and the number by which that team is expected to win (the “line”).
As a bettor, you would then wager on whether the favourite will win by that amount (“cover the spread”) or won’t win by that amount. For a bet on the favoured team to be considered a winner, they must win this game by at least the point spread amount.
Here’s an example of a college football point spread:
In this instance, the sportsbook set the line at 7.5 points.
To cash on a wager placed on Michigan, they would need to win by 8 points or more. This is commonly referred to as covering the spread.
Conversely, if you bet on the Fighting Irish, your bet would win if Notre Dame won the game, or lost by 7 points or less.
Totals, or over/under bets, are different from spreads or moneylines, as they require you to predict the combined score of both teams instead of the actual winner.
Each over/under bet comes with a total set by the sports betting site. Whenever you place an over bet, you wager that the combined score of both teams will be higher than the total. Conversely, if you place an under bet, you win only if the combined score is lower than the total.
Here’s an over/under example—Alabama and Auburn have a total of 47.5 set for their game. You will often see this stylized like this:
Alabama vs. Auburn (Totals)
The numbers in brackets signal the odds of each wager. In this instance, both wagers are at -110, signalling an even bet.
Alabama wins with a final score of 29-20. This is a total combined score of 49 points (29 + 20), which means the over would hit (49 > 47.5).
Just because the game’s started, doesn’t mean it’s too late to place a bet. Live betting is straightforward—bettors can wager on the college football game while it’s being played, with odds that adjust in real-time to the game’s score.
This is a great opportunity to take advantage of momentum, capitalize on an early score, or bet the favourite at increased odds if they’ve surrendered points early.
Typically, all bet types (spreads, moneylines, totals, and more) will be available even in the middle of a game. This offering does vary from site-to-site, so be sure you understand what your favourite sportsbook offers.
For example, Alabama and Clemson are playing – the online sportsbook originally had Alabama favoured to win, meaning a smaller payout for wagers on Alabama. However, halfway through the second quarter, Clemson is leading 20-10.
Now that Clemson is up, they’re the new favourite. With live betting, bettors can wager on Alabama with their new odds, adjusted to reflect a higher payout.
A parlay bet is when you place two or more connected bets.
In a parlay, all connected bets must win in order for your wager to pay out. This is a great way to increase your potential payout, but beware that the risk is much higher when combining bets.
Depending on your sportsbooks, college football parlays can typically include multiple bet types, whether that’s moneyline, point spreads, over/unders, or more.
For example, you could combine the Over in Clemson/Alabama with the Ohio moneyline on a parlay.
In this instance, you would need both the Clemson/Alabama over and the Ohio moneyline to pay out in order to win your parlay. If they both won, you would be in for a bigger payout – your payout would be your wager size, multiplied by the odds of Clemson/Alabama over, multiplied by Ohio’s odds.
This is a great way for bettors to get additional value, but beware that parlays – particularly those with more than 2 games – are harder to win than you might expect.
Prop (or proposition) bets, or proposition bets can vary greatly, depending on the game and the sportsbook. These involve things that don’t necessarily include the outcome of the game itself, like which songs will be sung at a halftime show, or how long the national anthem will be.
Note that some sites offer a wide selection of props, so if you’re interested in prop betting, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the available wagers before signing up for any NCAA-friendly sportsbook.
We can’t say this enough: have a wagering strategy and stick to it. We recommend that each individual wager size should make up no more than 5-10% (at most) of your available bankroll.
This one isn’t complicated: good teams, that are favoured to win, playing at home after a week off, win at a statistically relevant rate.
Obviously college footballs have home teams and favourite players, but knowing the coaches history of wins, losses and gameplay style is a simple way to benefit when placing college football bets.
Yes, it is legal for Indians to play and bet online. There are no laws against a foreign online casino operating in India. Online casinos have been accepting players from India for years and there shows no sign of that coming to an end. In fact, there are plenty of trusted online casinos located around the globe that Indians have access to.
There are plenty of options when looking to bet on college football games, the first thing new sports bettors need to do is find an online sportsbook and set up an account. The next thing you want to look for are bets offered. The most popular plays when wagering on college football are moneyline bets, point spread, and point totals.
Betting on NFL and NCAA football strategies are quite similar—However, some of the most important differences to consider are probably more basic than you think. Rather than switching up the bet types, think of some of the major differences between the NFL and NCAA, like age of the players, where they are in their careers (obviously, NFL players are more experienced) and popularity of the league. Although college football remains extremely popular, NFL has considerably more viewers. Take these things into account when placing your bet and deciding which league and game to bet on.
First quarters and half line bets are pretty straightforward. In college football, the game is divided in quarters and halftimes. The first quarter line is a quarter of the entire game’s line, while the initial half line is typically half of the whole spread.
In most cases, you have a college football favourite and underdog. The favourite will look something like this, for example, Alabama (-300), which means you would have to wager $300 to win $100. If Alabama wins, you win the $300 and recoup the $100. The underdog looks something like North Carolina (+400), which means you would have to wager $100 to win $400. If North Carolina pulls off the upset, they win $400 and recoup the $100.