Handicap College Football Like a Pro

Like the majority of the American population, you enjoy the NFL and college football games. One night, after watching the games, you think you have what it takes to handicap college football, and you decide to give it a try. You spend hours looking at every game, stats and numbers you can find, and finally gather enough guts to place your bets on your prediction. However, your prediction went totally wrong and inaccurate. You ask yourself ‘What did I do wrong this time?’ This is the world of football handicapping— it is a hard and daunting task. Handicapping cannot be done overnight. It takes time, sweat, tears and perseverance to be successful in this discipline.

College Football can be just as fun and exciting as NFL games. If you want to handicap college football like a pro, as a pursuant you need to have a better understanding of the game to be successful in handicapping. Football handicapping is one very frustrating and daunting challenge to any amateur. If you really want to succeed in football handicapping, follow these easy steps and it could greatly help you in your handicapping endeavor.

1. Read full accounts for all the college football games, especially the games with the teams you are most interested in, the Monday the games have been completed. Read the newspaper articles, look for articles from the internet, and get full accounts that give the football team’s scores, outcome and overall performance.

2. Look at the stats carefully. Examine turnovers, passing yards, rushing yards, etc. Check out the trends, and see if the teams are more powerful on the offensive or defensive. Do not forget to look at their opponent’s stats and records, as well.

3. Listen and watch the coaches and football players carefully. Listen to their press conferences, interviews, etc. Some teams will tell you about their player’s injuries and condition, though other teams are not as forthcoming.

4. Read midweek articles from the newspapers. See how the college practices are and how the team has been after a win or loss. Attitude plays a major key to a football team.

5. Watch for any changes by Thursday. If favors have moved from one team to another or vice versa, check factors like injuries, illness or suspensions.

6. Check different online handicapping message boards and websites. See and compare your information from others. Some of the people on those boards are professionals and usually have inside sources.

7. Place your bets once if you feel confident, and place it as early as possible.

Of course, there are several websites that offer football handicapping services, both college and pro. These handicap services are done by specialists and experts. These websites offer information and analysis per game, and inside information. You can get all these information for a fixed fee.

However, handicapping doesn’t give you assurance of a sure-win. After all, there is still a risk element when betting on football games. If you can find out how to handicap college football games, you can increase your chances of winning tenfold.

NCAA College Football Pointspread

We’ve all seen them, those extremely large college football pointspreads. Maybe USC is favored by 36 over some joke of a team. Or Florida is favored by 29 over Florida A&M. These games jump off the page right away just for the sheer size of the spread.

And yeah they nearly make you snicker because they’re such a joke, but what about really betting on these games where spreads can now and again make 40 points or more? Should you try to get down on a game with a spread this big?

The short response is no, but there are a number of reasons why. First of all, when you’re talking about spreads of this size that means you’re also talking about some REALLY bad teams. And we’ve all been there, but no one likes to have to root in a very bad team. One more sack allowed, an added turnover, an additional missed tackle, it’s like the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ error after mistake.

A different trouble is there’s no real precedent to track. How can you decide if the team getting pounded will keep on working, playing tough to the final gun goes off, and trying to get that score that makes the number?

Now with the BCS involved, some schools will show no mercy because they’re trying to obtain those all- powerful points in the polls. You would believe that would increase even more later on in the season, right? Well even that theory isn’t a lock based on earlier performances.

And that’s my final and perhaps most imperative point. The statistical facts doesn’t validate taking either side in these lopsided games. Looking at the data we could only get hold of one instance where teams covered with a winning betting percentage [http://www.squidoo.com/bettingpercentage] over 53%. With a break-even point of 52.7%, that’s hardly enough to motivate assurance.

My counsel: stay away from the Giant NCAA Pointspread!

All the best,

Rich Allen – aka Sports Betting Professor