This is a crucial part of betting on this sport, and most bets revolve around the scoring system.
Each NCAAF game is divided into four quarters, 15-minutes long each. Like in most sports, the game’s purpose is to finish with the most points when time runs out. However, what makes football so unique is the number of different ways you can score, plus the value of each score. Because the NCAAF is just for college students, it is an amateur level of football. Players can leave college and try to go professional in the NFL.
How to Read NCAAF Scores?
All NCAAF scores follow in the footsteps of the NFL. Each touchdown is worth six points, and, after a touchdown, a team has the option to either kick an extra-point field goal attempt for just one point, or go for a two-point conversion. The two-point conversion is just running a play from a short distance from the goal line. Each team only gets one try at an extra point or a two-point conversion after every touchdown; if they fail, they only get six points on that drive. If an offense cannot score a touchdown on a drive, they can elect to kick a field goal for three points, if they are close enough.
A defense can earn two points after tackling an offensive player in their own endzone, which results in a safety; this is a very difficult thing to do. The defense can also score by causing a turnover and running into the opposing team’s endzone.
How to Use NCAAF Scores for Betting?
Betting NCAAF scores and odds requires you to understand how NCAAF scores work, because most bets revolve around how many points teams can score. A significant factor is that each way a football team can score holds a different value, changing the number of points they can have. Teams often score by seven and three, making the team finishing a game with 24 points a lot more likely than 23 or 25.
Keeping in mind that teams often score by sevens or threes is crucial when betting on how much a team will win by, or the over/under for a total score in a single game.
How to Read Betting Markets or Types?
Betting on a Moneyline is simply betting on who will win the game and outscore the other team. If a sportsbook believes that one team will win, they are the favorite, perhaps putting their odds at -300. The other team is the team the sportsbooks believe will lose, making them the underdogs and placing their odds to win at +300. Your goal as a bettor is to put your money on the team you believe will score the most points.
Betting on an NCAAF spread involves a slightly deeper understanding of how scoring works within the league. A sportsbook can set a spread at 2.5, where the favorite needs to win by more than 2.5 (looking like -2.5), or have the underdog cover the spread losing by less than 2.5 (looking like +2.5). For this example, the sportsbook believes the game will be decided by less than a field goal, since a field goal is just three points. That knowledge can also come in handy with higher spread totals, generally around 6.5, when a team is expedited to win by more than a touchdown, or 10, when a team might win by a touchdown and field goal.
If the spread is too high, say 14 points, you might want to pick the underdog, who just needs to lose by less than 14 to make it a winning bet.
NCAAF over/under bets account for betting on how many points each team will score in a game, or even in a quarter. These totals can be set at a specific number for both teams, or focused on one team. The sportsbook will establish a line of 41 total points to be scored in a game; here, a bettor would need to decide if that is too many or too few points allowed for the combined teams. If the line is 41, that takes five touchdowns (with only extra points), and two field goals would reach that score. If you think there will be one more field goal, you will bet the over, and if you think the teams will score less, you will take the under.
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