From the Big House in Michigan, to The Swamp in Florida, and from Husky Stadium in Washington to Death Valley in Louisiana, there is nothing quite like NCAA Football. Played at packed houses across the United States, primarily on Saturdays from August to November, this brand of pigskin is some of the best action on the planet. It is also a very popular betting option at CSB top ranked online sportsbooks.
NCAA Football Futures 2018
US College Football has finally adopted a reasonable system to determine its National Champion. A work in progress, we see more games being added down the road, the Semifinals are on January 1 and the Championship match goes on January 8, 2018, in Atlanta, GA. Our NCAAF futures lines are culled from the best bookmakers in the sports betting business. Odds for returning teams are week over week while “New” indicates squads that have joined the Top 20 Championship race.
Price Table Legend: Gains: Value Gained Drops: Value Lost New: Added This Update
National Championship Odds Update: SportsInteraction 6:30 PM ET October 20, 2017
NCAAF Prediction Tracking: Game On - Fumble Lost - Game Over
Hot And Not: NCAAF National Championship Futures
Tagged as ho-hum by some, with no top-25 teams facing each other, Week 7 of the NCAAF season was loaded with upsets. #2 Clemson and #8 Washington State were the first to fall as they lost to unranked Syracuse and California respectively on Friday night. Saturday saw #5 Washington, #10 Auburn and #19 San Diego State crash as chalk. With the dust now settled, Alabama has moved (+120 to -111) into negative price territory and they widened the gap on the rest of the field. Simply stated, the Crimson Tide continue to feast on cream puffs.
Ohio State is also in the pastry section, as they haven’t faced a ranked team since they lost to Oklahoma 31-16 in Week 2. The Buckeyes are now second National Championship chalk (+750 to +500) after they crushed Nebraska 56-14. Penn State is up a notch (+1000 to +800) but, after enjoying cupcakes of their own, the Nittany Lions begin a Big Ten run vs Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. Clemson lost starting QB Kelly Bryant, during a shocking 27-24 loss to the Orange, and the Tigers tumbled (+375 to +900) from second to fourth favorite.
NC State winning, Michigan pushing and Washington State losing, resulted in a Week 7 push after we backed up the Cougars crash with a Wolfpack plus Wolverines ticket on Saturday. Michigan letting Indiana hang around, and giving up points for the first time in Q4 all season, meant our parlay was reduced to a single bet which covered our loss on Friday. With our parlay picks up 1288 units, we are playing with house money the rest of the way. Our Week 8 two-team ticket is Central Florida -7.5 over Navy plus South Florida -11.5 over Tulane.
Final Scores: UCF Golden Knights 31-21 + South Florida Bulls 34-28
NCAAF 2017-18 Championship Futures Movement
12/10/17 Week 7 NCAA National Championship Futures Odds Update
Checking our NCAAF playoff futures board, Alabama (+125 to +120) is still prohibitive chalk. The Crimson Tide (6-0) continues to roll - winning by a 258-52 margin. That said, after facing then #3 Florida in Week 1, Nick Saban’s Crew will not meet a ranked team until they visit current #10 Auburn in Week 12. Clemson retains second favorite status but the defending Champs (+350 to +375) gained value. Ohio State (+750) Penn State (+1000) USC (+1600) round out the top five. Largely unchallenged, during a 5-0 run, TCU is an add this week.
NCAAF Championship Add: TCU Horned Frogs (+4000) One-Unit at SportsInteraction
Snapping a sweet run, country music superstar Garth Brooks sums it up best; It was bound to happen and one night it did. We endured a bleak Week 6 NCAAF Saturday, as our 5-0 parlay streak ended. Our National Championship call also took a hit as Oklahoma mystifyingly lost 38-31 at home to Iowa State. The loss as (-30) chalk, to an unranked team with a backup QB, is not the end of the world but it won’t sit well with the selection committee. If Baker Mayfield & Co. sweep a brutally tough Week 9 to 11 slate – our playoff hopes remain alive.
First intuition is an underrated key to successful handicapping. As an example, following our comprehensive research journey through the NCAAF Week 5 maze, we filtered our choices down to six teams. After selecting the Miami Hurricanes and San Diego State Aztecs, as our first choices at Bet365, we totally changed it up. We bagged winning teams with Wisconsin and Virginia Tech but the Hokies offense sputtered and we lost our ATS wager. Moving on, we like Washington State (-14) vs California on Friday + NC State (-11) over Pittsburgh.
Please Note: We normally stick to Saturday contests. If you miss the WSC vs CAL contest, we suggest adding Michigan (-7) to win versus Indiana to the NC State Wolfpack selection.
Final Scores: Washington State Cougars 3-37 + NC State Wolfpack 35-17
Final Scores: NC State Wolfpack 35-17 + Michigan Wolverines 27-20 (OT) PUSH
6/10/17 Week 6 NCAA National Championship Futures Odds Update
Sneaking one past us, the NCAAF Week 6 slate opened on Wednesday. Full disclosure, we were pretty busy welcoming the start of MLB World Series chase, the dawn of a new NHL season, plus the playoff chase in the CFL. With all that under control, our focus turns back to US College football action. Our National Championship futures board changed significantly, and shrunk week over week, as the cream is rapidly rising to the top. Alabama continues to lead the parade as the Crimson Tide (+175 to +125) are closing in on an negative line.
Cutting our futures board down to 16 contenders, defending Champion Clemson (+500 to +350) lost value and kept their grip on the second spot. Ohio State (+1000 to +800) moved from fifth to third while Oklahoma (+800 to +1000) gained value but retained the fourth favorite slot. Following their 30-27 loss to Washington State, USC (+800 to +1600) tumbled from second to ninth. We are now just three weeks from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee announcing their first of six weekly rankings on October 31, 2017.
Sitting with a 5-0 parlay mark, after we banked wins with Georgia and Clemson, let’s keep the good times rolling. After wagering against them last week, we feel Virginia Tech will rebound against Boston College. Bet365 has the Hokies posted as -16.5 (-110) chalk on the road in Chestnut Hill against an injury riddled Eagles squad. As was the case three weeks ago, we are tying Wisconsin to our Virginia Tech selection. After Northwestern made things interesting late last week, expect the Badgers to make a statement versus the Cornhuskers. Wisconsin is -10.5 (-110) point favorites as they head into Lincoln to battle Nebraska.
Final Scores: Virginia Tech 23-10 + Wisconsin Badgers 38-17
29/09/17 Week 5 NCAAF National Championship Futures Odds Update
Important contests get the NCAAF week off to an early start as #14 Miami duels Duke at 7:00 PM ET and then #16 Washington State hosts #5 USC in Pullman, WA, at 10:30 PM ET for an epic Pac-12 clash tonight. Shake it up was the mantra following the fifth Saturday of US College football as several teams had position and/or price moves. Alabama is still top chalk at SportsInteraction but the Crimson Tide (+150 to +175) had a minor price gain. Clemson moved into the second chalk spot as the Tigers price (+900 to +500) dropped again.
Unchanged price wise, with a +800 NCAAF Championship line, Oklahoma is third favorite while USC (+650 to +800) dropped two spots to fourth overall. Ohio State (+1200 to +1000) is just ahead of Georgia as the Bulldogs (+1200) moved into a three-way tie with Penn State and Michigan to round out the Elite Eight. Following an impressive 44-31 win in Stillwater, over Oklahoma State, the TCU Horned Frogs leaped onto our NCAAF futures board with a 13th OA +3300 line. The Cowboys odds (+1200 to +2200) and title hopes both took a hit.
Trailblazing a winning parlay path, our record moved to 4-0 after Cal got in under the -17 spread vs USC and Washington State whacked Nevada last Saturday. After examining the Bet365 odds offerings this weekend, we like Georgia and Clemson who are both thick road chalk. The Bulldogs head into Neyland Stadium in Tennessee to face the Volunteers as -8 (-110) favorites while the Tigers will tangle with the Virginia Tech Hokies as -7 (-110) chalk at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. Bet a Bulldogs + Tigers parlay at the Bet365 sportsbook.
Final Scores: Georgia Bulldogs 41-0 + Clemson Tigers 31-17
22/09/17 Week 4 NCAAF National Championship Futures Odds Update
Heading into the fifth Saturday of thrilling NCAA US College football action one could argue, with full merits, that the future NFL players are putting on a better show than their current big league counterparts. High stakes battles have been plentiful during the first four weeks and our NCAAF National Championship futures board is reflective of that as the numbers are constantly changing. Though their price remained unchanged, Alabama (+150) still pulled away some as USC (+600 to +650) and Oklahoma (+700 to +800) both had price gains.
Struggling and banged up, during their 27-24 OT win vs Texas last week, we can understand the Trojans price inflating but Oklahoma rolled lowly Tulane 56-14 so we feel they should have passed USC on our futures board. Following an impressive 47-21 lashing of Louisville, Clemson (+1400 to +900) has moved into the fourth favorite position while the Cardinals (+2500 to +8000) National Championship hopes took a huge hit and they are toast. Ohio State and Oklahoma State are tied as fifth chalk with a +1200 ML. We still love the Sooners.
Three full Saturday’s in, we are pleased with our parlay picks that moved to 3-0 thanks to easy wins by Wisconsin and Virginia Tech last week. USC is hurting after barely beating Texas and we feel -17 (-110) is too many points against a rising Cal Crew. Following losses to teams ranked 50, 51, 64, the Nevada Wolf Pack head north to face #18 Washington State as -28 (-110) pups. We are tying the Bears +17 (-110) and Cougars -28 (-110) together as we aim to earn an extra 5% parlay bonus by placing our bet at the Bet365 online sportsbook.
Final Scores: USC Trojans 30-20 (Bears Cover)+ Washington State Cougars 45-7
15/09/17 Week 3 NCAAF National Championship Futures Odds Update
Another exciting slate of US College football has arrived as we hit Week 4 of the NCAAF season. As the CSB futures board illustrates, teams have moved all over the map through three weeks of play. Despite a 41-10 non-cover win (vs Fresno State) Alabama saw their line drop from +260 to +150 as the Crimson Tide retained the top National Championship perch. After a 42-24 stifling of #14 Stanford, USC (+600) is back in the second chalk spot.
Oklahoma went into the Horseshoe and bashed Ohio State 31-16 last week. The Sooners (+1400 to +700) are now third favorites while the Buckeyes (+575 to +900) tumbled from second to fourth chalk. Michigan, Penn State and Clemson are all tied as fifth favs with a +1400 money line. After a dismal day on offense, during a 14-6 loss to Clemson, Auburn suffered the biggest fall as they plummeted from +1800 to +7500 at SportsInteraction.
Our parlay picks moved to 2-0 after Michigan State and Oklahoma rolled to easy wins last week. A pair of big road favorites have caught our eye as #10 Wisconsin and #16 Virginia Tech face BYU and East Carolina. The Badgers are -16.5 chalk over the Cougars and the Hokies are -23 favorites vs the Pirates. Both lines are substantial but this is College football and style points count. Back the Badgers and Hokies on a two-team parlay ticket.
Final Scores: Wisconsin Badgers 40-6 + Virginia Tech Hokies 64-17
09/09/17 Week 2 NCAAF National Championship Futures Odds Update
After the first full week of NCAA College football action, there were some fairly substantial moves on our National Championship futures board. The biggest mover was Florida State who where manhandled by Alabama and lost star QB Deondre Francois for the season in the process. The Seminoles price went from +750 all the way up to +2500 and, although they have a decent defense, we feel you can put a fork in the ‘Noles 2017 season – they are done.
Following a solid 49-21 dousing of Indiana, plus a lacklustre 49-31 USC win over Western Michigan, Ohio State moved past the Trojans (+750) as the Buckeyes (+575) are now second chalk on the CSB futures board. Michigan, Penn State, and our preseason favorite Oklahoma, all had price reductions and sit in the three-way tie as third chalk at +1400. Clemson, Auburn and Oklahoma State round out the top seven with a +1800 NCAA Championship price.
We got off to a hot start with our parlay picks as Alabama and Michigan both won easily. After leaving it all on the field last week versus USC, we see Western Michigan coming up flat against Michigan State -7.5 (-110) today. We’ll take the lofty +7.5 SportsInteraction line and back Oklahoma as they visit Ohio State to battle the Buckeyes in the biggest game on the Week 3 NCAAF slate. Bet the Spartans and Sooners on a two-team parlay ticket.
Final Scores: Michigan State Spartans 28-14 + Oklahoma Sooners 31-16
02/09/17 Week 1 NCAAF National Championship Futures Odds Update
On the heels of a five-game NCAAF Division 1 slate of games last Saturday, the US College Football Saturday Express rolls out of the station fully loaded for Week 2 on September 2, 2017. Before we get to the games, regular readers will notice that our NCAAF futures board has shrunk some since our Week 1 update. For practicality sake, we could drop this to a Top 12 list but we will watch how the season opens prior to knocking off any more pretenders.
Alabama gained a dime to their line (+240 to +250) but the Crimson Tide remain as runaway chalk – similar to the NFL New England Patriots. A notable mover, Oklahoma State (+2800 to +2500) stock is still shrinking and we are pleased that we caught their +2800 price last week. Clemson enters the season with a cupcake contest against Kent State as the Golden Flashes will tangle with Tigers as -40 point underdogs at Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
Although #11 Michigan facing #17 Florida (in Jerry Land at AT&T Stadium) will be a huge fight, nationally televised #1 Alabama vs #3 Florida State is the epic battle during Week 2. Bodog bookmakers have the Wolverines (-5.5) as favorites over the Gators while the Tide (-7.5) are home chalk at Bryant–Denny Stadium over the Seminoles. Laying both lines and tying the Tide to the Maze & Blue is our top parlay bet this week. Stay tuned for updates!
Final Scores: Michigan Wolverines 33-17 + Alabama Crimson Tide 24-7
24/08/17 Week 1A NCAAF National Championship Futures Odds Update
Splitting the halfway point of the 2017 CFL campaign, and the start of NFL Week 1 action, the race to the NCAA Football National Championship Playoff Party begins this weekend. While it’s a fairly quiet Opening Day, with just five contests on the slate, #14 Stanford and #19 South Florida both begin their season as they face Rice and San José State respectively. The Cardinal (-31) and Bulls (-22) should both roll as thick chalk over the Owls and Spartans. NCAAF Week 1 odds can be found at any of the CSB top recommended sportsbooks.
While position changes were few, price changes were plentiful since our last update. Most of that comes from the top 16 separating some from the next 16 on our futures table above. Oklahoma State was a big mover as the Cowboys price dropped from +4000 to +2800. We still like our Oklahoma Sooners (+1400) NCAAF Championship call but the Cowboys riding into the season on an upward rise is a little concerning though. Feeling an Oklahoma team will win the Big 12 add a 100-unit wager on the Oklahoma State (+2800) ML price.
05/8/17 NCAAF Preseason National Championship Futures Odds Update
Sprinting through summer – we are now just three weeks away from the start of the 2017 USA NCAA football season. While it doesn’t receive the same hype generated by the NFL, the 130 teams that make up the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision are hard at work prepping for the upcoming season. Bookmakers at SportsInteraction are following the progress, as their NCAAF National Championship odds will change throughout the course of the season. The action gets rolling with the Oregon State @ Colorado State clash on August 26, 2017.
Since our last update (27/06/17) the numbers have remained steady at the top as Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and USC remain as the top four 2018 NCAA Playoff contenders. In the middle of the pack, Clemson and Washington University both saw their lines grow from +2500 to +2800 while Florida (+4000 to +3300) and Oklahoma (+5000 to +4000) both saw their prices shrink. The biggest mover was Stanford as the Cardinal odds plummeted from +3000 to +8000 . Four “hopeful” underdog squads were bumped out of our Top 34 list.
When the US College action kicks off, the CFL will be into Week 11 and the NFL will be five days away from the Opening Night fight that features New England hosting Kansas City. MLB and MLS playoff races will also be hot tickets as the baseball and soccer regular season slates will be entering their final weeks. We still like our Oklahoma (+1400) Championship call and the Sooners winning more than 9.5 contests. If you want to place an NCCAF futures bet – the bookmakers in our Top Five list below are the best in the online betting business.
27/6/17 NCAAF Preseason National Championship Futures Odds Update
As our NCAA Football futures odds illustrate – Alabama enters the 2017 College Football season as favorites to claim the National Championship with a meager +350 ML. Similar to the NFL New England Patriots, the Crimson Tide never rebuild – they just reload. That is especially true in the Nick Saban era as The Tide have rolled to four titles since he took over as head coach in 2007. Ignoring the somewhat silly practice of taking wins away from teams, due to rule violations, Alabama has a sparkling 893-317-44 record dating back to 1892.
Perennial contenders, Ohio State is posted as second chalk on the preseason NCAAF title futures board at SportsInteraction. The Buckeyes (+600) last won NCAAF Championship in 2015 during the first year of the current playoff format. Not far behind “The U” the Florida State Seminoles and USC Trojans or tied as third favorites with a +700 money line. The drop off is fairly steep after that as the Oklahoma Sooners and Penn State Nittany Lions round out the Top Five choices with a (+1400) line prior to the start of the season on August 26, 2017.
Looking at underdog squads - defending Champion Clemson University has fallen out of the top ten on our NCAAF futures board as they head into the season with a (+2500) money line. Led by QB Deshaun Watson, now with NFL Houston Texans, the Tigers claimed the 2016 Championship thanks to a thrilling 35-31 victory over Alabama on January 9, 2017. Notre Dame, another regular upper echelon favorite – though we rarely understand why, has fallen to 18th overall as the Fighting Irish are currently tagged with a huge (+5000) ML price.
CSB Preseason 2018 NCAAF Championship Pick: Two-Units Oklahoma Sooners (+1400)
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There are tons of additional futures lines available prior to the start of every new college football season. Checking out the current offerings, posted at SportsInteraction, the “Total Team Wins” wagering lines have caught our attention. In particular Oklahoma, with a 9.5 Over/Under win total, is a super solid bet to go OVER with a (-137) price. The Sooners went 11-1 in 2015 and 10-2 last season. A game at The Horseshoe, versus the Buckeyes in Ohio, appears to be one of few major hurdles Oklahoma will face during the 2017 regular season.
Early Heisman Trophy MVP odds are also posted at SIA and USC QB Sam Darnold is currently runaway top chalk with a +275 ML. Darnold had a hand in 33 touchdowns during ten starts as a freshman last year. Taking over as the starter in Week 4, Darnold guided the Trojans to a 9-1 record – including a five TD performance against Penn State during the world-famous Rose Bowl game. Sticking with our Oklahoma path, we like QB Baker Mayfield (+701) to win the equivalent of the NFL MVP award during his final season in the Sooner State.
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