College football odds are one of the biggest weekly draws for sports fans looking to place a little wager. It’s the passion of college football. Huge point spreads can be covered by late TDs. Huge underdogs occasionally pull of a huge college football odds upset. If you are looking for successful tools when making your picks, you must know that betting trends is one of them. You can make very good use of it in your sports betting but that is of course, only if you understand what trends represent and how to apply them to your analysis. Many sports bettors make the mistake of finding a trend that indicates a positive or negative situation for a particular team and betting accordingly. If you’re using trends in this manner, you might as well just flip a coin. Trends can be an important handicapping tool, but they can only supplement a comprehensive approach to matchup analysis -not replace it.
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College football is second only to NFL football in popularity among sports bettors. Not surprisingly, there are many shared handicapping concepts that work for both college and professional football. While some of the important statistical metrics are the same at both levels, there are some significant differences between the pro and college game that every sports bettor needs to know.
It’s easy to find college football statistics in newspapers but for sports betting specific data you’ll need to do a little more research.
Perhaps the most significant difference between pro and college football is that variation in public interest and you can find that reflecting in betting trends. While NFL football is a ‘big deal’ throughout the country, not every college football team or matchup captures the imagination of the betting public. For that reason, it’s important to know which games are bet heavily by the general public (usually ‘big games’ featuring top programs like Alabama and Oregon) and which ones have a lower profile and won’t get much nationwide attention. It’s possible to use ‘contrarian’ approaches similar to NFL handicapping with ‘big’ college football games, but these concepts might not work for games with lower echelon teams.
Emotion also plays a more significant role in college football. Professional football players have their ‘ups and downs’ but as a rule turn in a fairly consistent effort from one week to another. College players, meanwhile, are more subject to ‘letdown’ situations where their effort suffers following a big game or an important win. Another emotionally based situation is the ‘lookahead’ spot where a team lacks focus against a weak opponent with a ‘big game’ or rivalry matchup on deck.
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