College Football Handicapping Myths

The proliferation of college football betting websites and online forums has made every Joe Q. Bettor an expert on NCAA football handicapping (and most other sports too). Or so they think.

It seems like everyone out there with a blog or a forum login has a strong opinion or even a foolproof ‘system’ that has them raking in the cash on college football on a weekly basis.

Thing is, for every bettor out there, there’s a strategy. And while some handicapping angles are worth exploring, some ideas are pure college football myths.

To that end, one of the best developments in sports betting over the last 15 years has been the advent of the internet, which has allowed for the sharing of information, statistics, and opinion at a never-before-seen level. The flip side, of course, is that the wealth of usable knowledge has made some bettors a little too confident or overwhelmed by which data to rely on most.

I can be an expert on all teams AND conferences

Just because you live in New York, have a HD screen, and the college football package doesn’t make you an instant expert on the USC Trojans. At the same time, a New Yorker could know everything Southern Cal. The point is, it’s still best to cap a few select conferences when betting college football. There are simply too many teams out there for one bettor to know it all – regardless of how much you think you know or can know.

College football is JUST like the NFL

Another myth that we hear from square bettors all the time is that football is football is football. What works capping the NFL translates to college football. That’s not true. The disparities in talent level and style of play are much more apparent in the college game – making matchups and tendencies all the more important when getting a handle on Saturday’s games.

Momentum is no big deal

As a final rule of thumb, don’t forget about momentum in the college game. It’s a much bigger factor than in the NFL.

Winning NCAA football bets requires following proper handicapping regimens and ignoring some popular myths. And it takes training to avoid the pitfalls that can damage your bankroll.