NCAA College Football Betting Lines

NCAA college football provides sports betting enthusiasts with one of the most exciting and potentially lucrative wagering opportunities each year in a season that spans from late August to early January. Betting lines are essentially much more difficult for Vegas oddsmakers to pinpoint than pro football as the variables are far more numerous. This tends to reward players who follow the sport closely and have the ability to analyze weekly matchups.

Odds on NCAA Football

Betting lines on college football are released weekly, giving bettors ample opportunity to sort through the games and matchups they find most appealing. [+]

On a given Saturday, bettors will often have at least 50 games to choose from – an exciting thought for those seeking variety and opportunity. The odds on NCAA football are generally expressed as a point spread, a total or a moneyline, allowing bettors to wager on the winner of a game or a predetermined number of total points or margin of victory and defeat. Need a place to wager? Check out the preferred online wagering platforms below.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Wednesday 11 October
South Alabama 20:00 Troy State Trojans +750 -1000 Odds
Thursday 12 October
Texas State Bobcats 19:30 UL Lafayette +450 -526 Odds
Friday 13 October
Clemson Tigers 19:00 Syracuse Orange -2000 +1250 Odds
Washington State 22:30 California -588 +480 Odds
Saturday 14 October
Connecticut Huskies 12:00 Temple Owls +315 -370 Odds
Florida State 12:00 Duke Blue Devils -278 +250 Odds
NC State 12:00 Pittsburgh Panthers -417 +355 Odds
Texas Tech 12:00 West Virginia +145 -161 Odds
Texas Christian 12:00 Kansas State -227 +200 Odds
South Carolina 12:00 Tennessee +125 -145 Odds
Kansas Jayhawks 12:00 Iowa State Cyclones +1000 -1429 Odds
Brigham Young 12:00 Mississippi State +1400 -2500 Odds
Eastern Michigan 12:00 Army Black Knights +210 -222 Odds
Michigan Wolverines 12:00 Indiana Hoosiers -286 +250 Odds
Rutgers 12:00 Illinois +120 -135 Odds
Boston College 12:20 Louisville +1000 -1429 Odds
UNLV Rebels 14:00 Air Force Falcons +260 -303 Odds
Old Dominion Monar. 14:30 Marshall +535 -714 Odds
Virginia Cavaliers 15:30 North Carolina -167 +155 Odds
Baylor Bears 15:30 Oklahoma State +1750 -3333 Odds
Oklahoma Sooners 15:30 Texas Longhorns -303 +260 Odds
Vanderbilt 15:30 Mississippi Rebels +145 -161 Odds
Auburn Tigers 15:30 LSU Tigers -250 +220 Odds
Purdue Boilermakers 15:30 Wisconsin Badgers +600 -714 Odds
Toledo Rockets 15:30 Central Michigan -313 +260 Odds
Ohio Bobcats 15:30 Bowling Green -345 +295 Odds
Georgia Tech 15:30 Miami Hurricanes +180 -217 Odds
Northern Illinois 15:30 Buffalo Bulls -192 +170 Odds
Northwestern 15:30 Maryland Terrapins -182 +165 Odds
Akron Zips 15:30 Western Michigan +475 -588 Odds
Miami Red Hawks 15:30 Kent -345 +290 Odds
Navy Midshipmen 15:45 Memphis Tigers +145 -161 Odds
Houston Cougars 16:00 Tulsa -500 +415 Odds
Colorado Buffaloes 16:00 Oregon State -417 +340 Odds
Charlotte 49ers 16:30 Western Kentucky +550 -714 Odds
Wyoming Cowboys 16:30 Utah State Aggies +140 -154 Odds
Appalachian State. 17:00 Idaho Vandals -500 +400 Odds
Georgia State Pant. 17:00 Louisiana-Monroe +240 -278 Odds
New Mexico State 18:00 Georgia Southern E. -303 +260 Odds
Middle Tennessee 18:30 UAB Blazers -238 +210 Odds
East Carolina 19:00 UCF Knights +9000 -25000 Odds
Tulane Green Wave 19:00 FIU -526 +440 Odds
UTSA 19:00 North Texas -135 +120 Odds
UTEP Miners 19:00 SMISS Odds
Texas A&M Aggies 19:00 Florida Gators +115 -130 Odds
Coastal Carolina C. 19:00 Arkansas State +825 -1000 Odds
Arkansas Razorbacks 19:15 Alabama Odds
Missouri Tigers 19:30 Georgia Bulldogs +4000 -10000 Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes 19:30 Nebraska -2500 +1400 Odds
Cincinnati Bearcats 19:30 South Florida Bulls +1450 -2500 Odds
Michigan State 20:00 Minnesota -182 +165 Odds
Utah Utes 20:00 USC Trojans +400 -500 Odds
UCLA Bruins 21:00 Arizona Wildcats -116 +100 Odds
New Mexico Lobos 22:00 Fresno State +115 -130 Odds
Nevada Wolf Pack 22:15 Colorado State Rams +1450 -2500 Odds
Boise State Broncos 22:30 San Diego State +240 -270 Odds
Washington Huskies 22:45 Arizona State -833 +650 Odds
Oregan Ducks 23:00 Stanford Cardinal +340 -400 Odds
San Jose State 23:59 Hawaii Warriors +600 -833 Odds

NCAA Football Betting Trends

Many players have found success wagering on college football by analyzing NCAA football betting trends. Trend data may include how other bettors are wagering on an event or how certain teams have traditionally fared in similar conditions throughout the season or over the league’s history. [+]

Regardless of which trends players use to determine their wagers, a reliable and reputable online sportsbook is an essential piece of the puzzle. Check out these online sportsbooks for great betting opportunities, rebate and reward incentives.

Bet on NCAA Football

Betting NCAA football successfully requires a player to understand the sport itself and the ability to analyze point spreads and totals. Virtually all college football games offer a “side” and “total” bet. Taking a side means that a bettor will simply select Team A or Team B in a given matchup against a predetermined value known as a point spread. Wagering experts determine a point spread based on data and analysis that attempts to predict the margin of0 each game’s final score.

NCAA Football Spread Betting

Let’s say the University of Louisville is a 10-point favorite against Boston College. This means bettors picking a side must determine whether they will select Louisville to “cover” the ten points or Boston College to “beat the spread.” In this scenario, a bet on Louisville only wins if Louisville wins the game by at least 11 points. Conversely, a bet on Boston College would only win if Boston College wins the game outright or loses by fewer than 10 points. If the final margin were exactly 10 points, the outcome is known as a “push” in betting parlance, with all wagers refunded and neither side declared a winner. 

In the example above, Louisville would be listed as -10 and Boston College +10. One can think of this as Louisville starting the game “giving” 10 points to Boston College, and Boston College starting the game “getting” 10 points. In general, college football odds and payouts are expressed as -110 when bettors play a side against the spread. This simply means that the bettor is risking $1.10 to win $1.00 regardless of which side they pick. The 10 cents is known as “juice” or “vig” and goes to the house. The house collects all losing bets in addition to the 10% juice or vig. 

NCAA Football Total Betting

In addition to betting a side, most games offer a “total” as well. The total is simply a predetermined number of total points that will be scored in the game. The bettor can choose to play the “under” or the “over” depending on how they think the game will be played. Using the Boston College/Louisville example from above, the posted total of such a game might be listed as 49. If the final score were Louisville 35 Boston College 17, the two teams would have combined for 52 points, and all bettors taking the over would win, with the under bettors losing and paying the same 10% juice or vig as described above. 

NCAA Football Moneyline Betting

Another common or basic way to bet NCAA football is via the moneyline. The moneyline  has no point spread, but rather gives players a chance to simply pick a winner of a game regardless of its margin. The trick here is that bettors selecting the favored team often have to wager a much greater juice or vig than the standard 10% offered on pointspread wagers. Conversely, however, bettors who think the underdog team will win the game outright can profit greater while risking less money. Again using the Louisville/Boston College example, the moneyline might work like this: Louisville ML -350 | Boston College ML  + 275.

Louisville is expected to win as the 10-point favorite, but a bettor who thought Louisville was a lock win, but maybe by a margin less then ten points might choose a moneyline bet on Louisville. This decision, however, comes with a price. The -350 means that a player would win a $1.00 for every $3.50 wagered – over three times what they would have to risk on a  pointspread bet. At the same time, the moneyline wager might offer particular value for a bettor thinking Boston College can spring the upset. At +275, a BC moneyline bet would pay $2.75 for every $1.00 wagered – a way for the player to bet less and win more than he would against the point spread.