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College Football Consensus Picks: NCAAF Public Betting Picks

Nebraska/
Northwestern
Sat, August 27, 12:30pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 12:30pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Nebraska VS Northwestern
NEB -12 55%
-110
O 50.5 0%
-110
NEB N/A
NWEST +12 45%
-110
U 50.5 100%
-110
NWEST N/A
Nevada/
New Mexico State
Sat, August 27, 3:33pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 3:33pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Nevada VS New Mexico State
NEV -10 56%
-110
O 55 100%
-110
NEV N/A
NMSU +10 44%
-110
U 55 0%
-110
NMSU N/A
Wyoming/
Illinois
Sat, August 27, 4:00pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 4:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Wyoming VS Illinois
WYOM +10 27%
-110
O 44 0%
-110
WYOM N/A
ILL -10 73%
-110
U 44 100%
-110
ILL N/A
Connecticut/
Utah State
Sat, August 27, 4:00pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 4:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Connecticut VS Utah State
UCONN +27.5 21%
-110
O 60.5 0%
-110
UCONN N/A
UTST -27.5 79%
-110
U 60.5 100%
-110
UTST N/A
Charlotte/
Florida Atlantic
Sat, August 27, 7:00pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 7:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Charlotte VS Florida Atlantic
CHAR +7.5 33%
-110
O 57.5 100%
-110
CHAR N/A
FAU -7.5 67%
-110
U 57.5 0%
-110
FAU N/A
North Texas/
Texas El Paso
Sat, August 27, 9:00pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 9:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
North Texas VS Texas El Paso
UNT -1 78%
-110
O 55 100%
-110
UNT N/A
UTEP +1 22%
-110
U 55 0%
-110
UTEP N/A
Vanderbilt/
Hawaii
Sat, August 27, 10:30pm See Matchup
Sat, August 27, 10:30pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Vanderbilt VS Hawaii
VANDY -7 86%
-110
O 55 100%
-110
VANDY N/A
HAW +7 14%
-110
U 55 0%
-110
HAW N/A
Ball State/
Tennessee
Thu, September 1, 7:00pm See Matchup
Thu, September 1, 7:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Ball State VS Tennessee
BALL +32 14%
-110
O 68 0%
-110
BALL N/A
TENN -32 86%
-110
U 68 100%
-110
TENN N/A
Central Michigan/
Oklahoma State
Thu, September 1, 7:00pm See Matchup
Thu, September 1, 7:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Central Michigan VS Oklahoma State
CMU +21 10%
-110
O 58 0%
-110
CMU N/A
OKST -21 90%
-110
U 58 0%
-110
OKST 12
West Virginia/
Pittsburgh
Thu, September 1, 7:00pm See Matchup
Thu, September 1, 7:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
West Virginia VS Pittsburgh
WVU +7 67%
-110
O 51.5 50%
-110
WVU N/A
PITT -7 33%
-110
U 51.5 50%
-110
PITT 9
Louisiana Tech/
Missouri
Thu, September 1, 8:00pm See Matchup
Thu, September 1, 8:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Louisiana Tech VS Missouri
LTECH +19.5 22%
-110
O 59 0%
-110
LTECH N/A
MIZZU -19.5 78%
-110
U 59 0%
-110
MIZZU N/A
Penn State/
Purdue
Thu, September 1, 8:00pm See Matchup
Thu, September 1, 8:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Penn State VS Purdue
PSU -3 69%
-120
O 54.5 0%
-110
PSU N/A
PUR +3 31%
+100
U 54.5 0%
-110
PUR N/A
New Mexico State/
Minnesota
Thu, September 1, 9:00pm See Matchup
Thu, September 1, 9:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
New Mexico State VS Minnesota
NMSU +37.5 19%
-110
O 56 50%
-110
NMSU N/A
MINN -37.5 81%
-110
U 56 50%
-110
MINN N/A
Virginia Tech/
Old Dominion
Fri, September 2, 7:00pm See Matchup
Fri, September 2, 7:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Virginia Tech VS Old Dominion
VTECH -8 100%
-110
O 52 0%
-110
VTECH N/A
ODU +8 0%
-110
U 52 0%
-110
ODU N/A
Western Michigan/
Michigan State
Fri, September 2, 7:00pm See Matchup
Fri, September 2, 7:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Western Michigan VS Michigan State
WMU +18.5 0%
-110
O 54.5 0%
-110
WMU N/A
MSU -18.5 100%
-110
U 54.5 0%
-110
MSU N/A
Temple/
Duke
Fri, September 2, 7:30pm See Matchup
Fri, September 2, 7:30pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Temple VS Duke
TEMP +7.5 0%
-110
O 53.5 0%
-110
TEMP N/A
DUKE -7.5 100%
-110
U 53.5 0%
-110
DUKE N/A
Illinois/
Indiana
Fri, September 2, 8:00pm See Matchup
Fri, September 2, 8:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Illinois VS Indiana
ILL +5 25%
-110
O 48 0%
-110
ILL N/A
INDY -5 75%
-110
U 48 0%
-110
INDY N/A
Texas Christian/
Colorado
Fri, September 2, 10:00pm See Matchup
Fri, September 2, 10:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Texas Christian VS Colorado
TCU -10.5 80%
-110
O 55.5 0%
-110
TCU N/A
COLO +10.5 20%
-110
U 55.5 0%
-110
COLO N/A
North Carolina State/
East Carolina
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm See Matchup
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
North Carolina State VS East Carolina
NCSU -10 100%
-110
O 55.5 0%
-110
NCSU N/A
ECAR +10 0%
-110
U 55.5 0%
-110
ECAR N/A
North Carolina/
Appalachian State
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm See Matchup
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
North Carolina VS Appalachian State
UNC -2.5 83%
-110
O 57 0%
-110
UNC N/A
APP +2.5 17%
-110
U 57 0%
-110
APP N/A
Buffalo/
Maryland
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm See Matchup
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Buffalo VS Maryland
BUFF +21.5 100%
-110
O 63.5 0%
-110
BUFF N/A
MARY -21.5 0%
-110
U 63.5 100%
-110
MARY N/A
Colorado State/
Michigan
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm See Matchup
Sat, September 3, 12:00pm
Spread Consensus
Price
O/U Consensus
Price
Power Ranking
Predicted Score
Colorado State VS Michigan
COLST +27.5 0%
-110
O 57.5 0%
-110
COLST N/A
MICH -27.5 100%
-110
U 57.5 0%
-110
MICH 3

Consensus picks are one of the betting industry’s best-kept secrets. Except this secret is right out in the open like the time Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh played Screech’s cousin on Saved by the Bell: The New Class. For college football, consensus picks are a useful handicapping tool that can help you make your predictions.

The College Football Consensus

The college football consensus represents the number of wagers being made at a sportsbook on one team or the other (or on the OVER or the UNDER). Sportsbooks express this as percentages to give you a glimpse into how people are betting. Use this information to determine which team you want to bet on, and the type of bet you want to make. You get insight into what’s going on at the sportsbooks when it comes to college football wagers. You can see how the line moves, the point spread, moneyline and the OVER/UNDER odds. These are all impacted by how much the public is betting on the game.

For example, college football consensus picks can show you how sportsbooks are balancing the action by moving the lines. If the line for a game between Oklahoma and Texas is set at -3.5 at the beginning of the week, you can bet that it’s going to move closer to the matchup. As the game approaches, the line could move to -4 or -4.5 before eventually settling on -5.

This means that the public is continuously wagering on the favorite. In this case, if the Longhorns are the favorite, the public is putting money on them to cover the spread. The Sooners would be considered the underdog in this scenario and if the line isn’t moving in their favor, it’s assumed that the public doesn’t think they’ll cover the spread. You can use the consensus data to help you decide if you want to bet Texas to cover or take the underdog.

Fading the Public

With so many games to choose from, betting on college football can provide great returns if you make smart predictions. When you use the NCAA football consensus picks found here, you are taking advantage of very specific data in the form of the public consensus.

Knowing how the public is betting can shape your college football wagers. You don’t have to bet with the public if you don’t agree with the direction they’re betting in. If you decide to bet against the public, it’s called “fading.”

Remember that the house always wins so fading the public can be the best option in many instances. In most instances – you just have to know to pick the right games.

In a theoretical matchup between Northwestern and Purdue, let’s say the public is betting against the Boilermakers. If you agree with the public, it makes sense to take the Wildcats for the win. However, if you think Purdue’s offense has some tricks up its sleeve, then you should fade the public.

There’s no guarantee that the public is going to be right. There’s also no guarantee that the public is going to be wrong, so look at our Consensus Page to figure out which way you want to bet.

Check out Odds Shark’s page on Betting Against the Public to learn more.

College Football Consensus FAQ

What is a college football consensus pick?

A college football consensus pick is the bet that’s favored by the majority of bettors. It’s usually expressed as a percentage of bets provided from the sportsbook to give you a look at what the general public is betting on a given game.

How does a college football consensus pick affect my wager?

For amateur bettors, the public consensus can help you determine what the most popular bet might be on any given contest. However, the public doesn’t consist of betting experts, which means a lot of bets are based on favoritism or name recognition. The money can swing the consensus in a way that might not be the best bet.

Should I fade the public?

Fading the public is a popular betting strategy because oftentimes the public bets are based on fandom and familiarity. However, expert pick services such as Prediction Machine and Doc Sports may steer you in a better direction.