Betting College Football Rivalry Games
The pageantry and excitement around college football gets elevated to a whole new level when rivalry games come around. Games like the Red River Rivalry and the Iron Bowl bring out the mutual hatred of the teams and their fans every single year.
Even if one side of a big rivalry is having a down year, you can expect the team's best effort come rivalry week.
Betting on Home Cooking
Home field advantage can sometimes be overrated in college football as superior teams can usually avoid the pitfalls of playing on the road. But when it comes to rivalry week, where the game is played is extremely relevant.
If the home team in a rivalry game is having a down year while the other team is playing well, bettors can sometimes find the home team going off as the betting underdog on the point spread. This is often an excellent betting opportunity for college football bettors.
Even the slightest miscues from the road favorite will get the crowd going nuts, and even the most talented of teams can get rattled in a dangerous spot like this.
On the flip side, big home favorites can also provide value in rivalry games. Bettors that hear about the rivalry all week long could get hyped up into taking the points, but if one team is having a stronger season and has its fan base behind it, the rout could be on.
Bet on the Team With Nothing to Lose
Most rivalry games have equal stakes in them as both teams want desperately to defeat their hated rivals. But when one team needs the game much more than the other, there is usually great value to be had in betting the hungry underdog.
Imagine a one-loss Ohio State team is one win away from advancing to the Big Ten Championship and a likely berth in the College Football Playoff and all that stands in their way is a trip to the Big House to take on Michigan.
The Buckeyes may have the better team, but they'll also have all of the pressure and over 100,000 fans in the house with the vast majority of them rooting for Ohio State to fail.
Even at home, the team with more to lose isn't safe. The motivation that comes with playing spoiler against a hated rival is one of the strongest motivators in all of college football.