The NCAA Football (NCAAF) odds are available from the online sportsbook all year round. How does this work? The betting lines take many forms, the most popular being: NCAAF point spreads, money lines, and totals (over/under) prior to (and during) every game.
The college season starts in late August and concludes in December, when the postseason starts, culminating in the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Game in January.
NCAAF Betting Odds & Lines
Understanding NCAAF Point Spreads
How Do Odds Work in NCAA Football?
If you bet on NCAAF odds, you’ll need to learn how they work. Odds manifest as a decimal, a fraction, or in “American” format. This last format is when you see a positive number (e.g. +170) or a negative number (e.g. -200). These indicate how much you win on a $100 stake, and how much you need to stake to win $100, respectively.
Types of Betting
Take away the point spreads and we have the moneyline or “straight-up” betting. This is where you bet on a team to win the game – as simple as that. Odds here can be tight, or so lopsided that the book may not even offer them.
Examples of Betting NCAA Football
As an example, if Alabama is listed at -350 on the moneyline, it means you will win $100 for every $350 bet you make. Consequently, their opponent, Georgia, is at +200. That means you will win $200 if you stake $100 on the team.
If converted to a decimal, Alabama’s -350 will become 1.29 meaning you win $29 plus your $100 stake for a total of $129 paid out. Georgia’s +200 becomes 3.00 meaning you get $300 in return for your $100 wager ($100 + $200 = $300).
Fractional, Alabama’s line will be 2/7 so you stake $700 and win $200 in return (or $350 stake for a $100 win). Georgia’s is 2/1 so a $200 return for a $100 bet.