2019 College Football Betting Guide

by | Jun 19, 2019 | NCAA Football

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Each year during the college football season, millions upon millions of dollars are spent wagering on NCAA College Football.

This year is no different but unlike other years, the Spooky Express is taking a bit of a different approach with providing you endless information to help guide you along through your college football gambling.

Each year, the Spooky Express provides you with weekly game matchups, various some conference previews, an early season look at who we think may compete within each division and of course, our most popular piece of the year, the Spooky Express Bowl Handicapping Selections.

This year, we are expanding our coverage and providing our readers with a 2019-2020 NCAA College Football Betting Guide, which we feel can help earn you some extra wins throughout the NCAA College Football regular season.

This College Football Betting Guide will contain all of the information you will need to get started with your research for the season. We will break down each conference and will also provide you with a handicapping preview of each NCAA College Football team that you may be interested in wagering on this season.

College Football has gained its popularity within the gambling clients of Spooky Express and in general due to the increased amount of options you can wager and the amount of televised broadcasted games. With most sports, there are a handful of options to wager but with College Football, the types of wagers are really endless. Most of the Spooky Express recommended online sportsbooks will offer College Football wagering with the following types bets:

  • Point Spread Betting
  • Moneyline Wagers
  • Total Over/Under Betting
  • Parlay Wagers
  • Teasers
  • Prop Wagers

Each of these wagers has its benefits to the bettor and can be advantageous to play through different sportsbooks. Each sportsbook will have their own unique odds and we strongly recommend you having at least several options from which you can play. The most successful gamblers in the world will utilize several different online sportsbooks and use the lines to their benefit.

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Conference Review

There are (11) eleven NCAA College Football Conferences that are eligible at most sportsbooks to wager within.  Among these College Football Conferences, they each contain a various amount of teams and sub-divisions.  Each of these conferences are known for a unique aspect of football.  

Some are known as a run-heavy conference, while others are known for being a pass-oriented offensive conference.  We will briefly discuss each conference and a little bit about the details of the conference and then get into more detail within each conference breakdown.

American Athletic Conference

The American Athletic Conference, also at times referred to as The American or AAC, is composed of 12 teams selected from the Northeastern, Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States.  The conference was formerly known as the BIG East from 1979 until 2013 when it became the American Athletic Conference. The American Athletic Conference is split into two divisions, the Eastern Division and the Western Division.  At the end of the regular season, the best team from the East and the best team from the west meet up in the AAC Championship Game.  The American Athletic Conference contains the following teams:

  • Central Florida Knights
  • Cincinnati Bearcats
  • UConn Huskies
  • East Carolina Pirates
  • Houston Cougars
  • Memphis Tigers
  • Navy Midshipmen
  • SMU Mustangs
  • South Florida Bulls
  • Temple Owls
  • Tulane Green Wave
  • Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Atlantic  Coast Conference (ACC)

The Atlantic Coast Conference or better known as the ACC, is one of the longest running football conferences in the NCAA.  They are made up of 14 College Football schools geographically located in the Northeast and Southeast areas of the United States of America.  The ACC was one of six conferences within the NCAA that was considered a “Power” conference, prior to the current Bowl Championship Series.  The ACC has had eight National Championship teams in the history of the conference and also have five members that rank among the Top 25 winningest football programs in the history of the NCAA.  The ACC contains the following teams:

  • Boston College Eagles
  • Clemson Tigers
  • Duke Blue Devils
  • Florida State Seminoles
  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  • Louisville Cardinals
  • Miami Hurricanes
  • North Carolina Tar Heels
  • North Carolina State Wolfpack
  • Pittsburgh Panthers
  • Syracuse Orange
  • Virginia Cavaliers
  • Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons

BIG 10

The BIG 10 Conference is the oldest Division I Football Conference in the NCAA.  The conference is made up of 14 Division I teams in the Northeast and Midwest locations of the United States.  The BIG 10 Conference is divided into two divisions, the East and the West. 

In 2011, the conference decided upon having a Conference Championship game to determine who the BIG 10 Conference Champions will be each year.  The BIG 10 has had a ton of success over the years, winning 47 National Championships with their 14 current members.  Each member of the BIG 10 has at least one National Championship with the exception of Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana.  The current list of BIG 10 teams are as follows:

  • Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Maryland Terrapins
  • Michigan Wolverines
  • Michigan State Spartans
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Northwestern Wildcats
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Penn State Nittany Lions
  • Purdue Boilermakers
  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  • Wisconsin Badgers

BIG 12

The BIG 12 is an NCAA DI Conference that has been around since 1994 but actually never really played football conference play until 1996.  The BIG 12 is made up of 10 schools spread out across the United States of America.  The combination of the entire BIG 12 Conference has secured 21 National Titles, including 3 since 1994, when they established the BIG 12.  

Prior to the teams joining the BIG 12, a majority of the schools were part of the BIG 8 Conference and the Southwest Conference.  The lone oddball in the conference is the West Virginia Mountaineers, who were part of the BIG East.  The following teams are currently a part of the BIG 12 Conference:

  • Baylor Bears
  • Iowa State Cyclones
  • Kansas Jayhawks
  • Kansas State Wildcats
  • Oklahoma Sooners
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • TCU Horned Frogs
  • Texas Longhorns
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders
  • West Virginia Mountaineers

Conference USA

Conference USA is predominantly made up of teams in the southern portion of the United States of America.  The Conference USA do not have any teams west of Texas and no teams north of West Virginia.  The majority of the teams are in that southeast corner of the United States.  The headquarters is in Irving, Texas and contains 14 teams.  The teams from the Conference USA are as follows:

  • Charlotte 49’ers
  • Florida International (FIU) Panthers
  • Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls
  • LA Tech Bulldogs
  • Marshall Thundering Herd
  • Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
  • North Texas Mean Green
  • Old Dominion Monarchs
  • Rice Owls
  • Southern Miss Golden Eagles
  • UAB Blazers
  • UTEP Miners
  • UTSA Roadrunners
  • Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Independents

The NCAA FBS Independents consist of schools that are not a part of an official affiliated conference.  There are currently 6 Independents in the 2018 NCAA Football Season, which is up two schools from 2017.  Both Liberty and New Mexico State became Independents after they were refused acceptance into a specific conference or were evicted from their previous conference.  The 6 Independents for the 2018 Regular Season are as follows:

  • ARMY Black Knights
  • BYU Cougars
  • Liberty Flames
  • New Mexico State Aggies
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • UMass Minutemen

Mid-American Conference

The Mid-American Conference, or sometimes called the MAC, will be playing in their 73rd year in the NCAA DI.  The conference is made up of 12 teams that play as part of the Football Bowl Subdivision in the NCAA. They are headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and are geographically located around the Great Lakes.  The college is a public school that has sort become known as the “League of Quarterbacks” as many of the top quarterbacks in the NFL have come from the MAC. The MAC is split into two divisions, East and West Divisions. The teams in the Mid-American Conference consist of the following:

  • Akron Zips
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Bowling Green Falcons
  • Buffalo Bulls
  • Central Michigan Chippewas
  • Eastern Michigan Eagles
  • Kent State Golden Flashes
  • Miami Ohio Redhawks
  • Northern Illinois Huskies
  • Ohio Bobcats
  • Toledo Rockets
  • Western Michigan Broncos

Mountain West Conference

The Mountain West Conference has been around since 1999 and is basically located geographically in the Western portion of the United States.  They have been a conference that routinely has teams play the spoiler role in bowl games, with teams like Boise State Broncos competing in high-level bowl games over the past 10 years.  There are currently 12 teams that are positioned in the Mountain West Conference which include:

  • Air Force Falcons
  • Boise State Broncos
  • Colorado State Rams
  • Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
  • Nevada Wolf Pack
  • New Mexico Lobos
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • San Jose State Spartans
  • UNLV Rebels
  • Utah State Aggies
  • Wyoming Cowboys

PAC-12 Conference

The PAC-12 Conference is known for being the “Conference of Champions”.  There are 12 teams that play within the PAC-12 Conference and they are some of the toughest teams year in and year out in the NCAA.  The PAC-12 Conference is geographically located in the western hemisphere of the United States.  The following teams are the 12 current members of the PAC-12 Conference:

SEC Conference

The SEC Conference is one of the oldest conferences in football.  They have long been known as the toughest conference in NCAA DI and their 43 National Football Championships prove it.  Year in and year out the SEC Conference puts a team into the hunt for the National Championship and routinely have the best draft classes among all NCAA DI Conferences. The SEC has 14 teams in the football conference that consist of:

Top 3 Preseason Favorites

Each year there are favorites that seem to rise up above the rest of the competition and contend for the National Championship.  In this section, we will highlight the Top 5 teams that we feel will contend for the National Title in College Football.

Alabama Crimson Tide – This wouldn't be a legit College Football article unless we rank the Alabama Crimson Tide as one of the top favorites to win the College Football National Championship. The last time we seen these Crimson Tide was them walking off the field in Santa Clara with the tails between their legs and anger in the eyes of Coach Nick Saban.  One can only think that they will come out firing on all cylinders once again and compete for the National Championship.  They will return their Heisman Trophy Runner-Up Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa but his back-up, Jalen Hurts, has moved on in the best interest of his career and will be under center in Oklahoma.  That means, Tagovailoa's health is extremely important for the success of this team.  

Clemson Tigers – We have to put the reigning National Champions in here as they are poised for another big year!  They have QB Trevor Lawrence back under center for his sophomore season and with a year of experience under his belt.  He will have Running Back Travis Etienne back with him this year, as well as receiving threats of Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross.  The key to the Clemson Tiger's success is how they will rebound from the loss of several key defensive players. 

Oklahoma Sooners – Kyle Murray is no longer with the team but in his place will be former Alabama Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts.  Hurts is just as talented as Murray and should lead this offense to racking up a ton of points in 2019.  Hurts will have a talented duo of Running Backs in the backfield in Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon.  If this team can stay healthy, they can pose plenty of problems for teams unable to stop the run.  

2019-2020 College Football Playoffs

The 2019-2020 College Football Playoff National Champion will take place this season on January 13, 2020.  The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana and will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

The teams will be selected as the two winners of the qualifying bowl games, which this year is the Fiesta Bowl and the Peach Bowl. The winners of each of those games will meet in New Orleans for a shot at the National Championship.

Each week, during the NCAA College Football Regular Season, we will be updating our College Football Poll Rankings, to keep you up to date with live information and current rankings.  Our goal is to provide you with the most College Football information to help you with your regular season wagers, bowl season handicapping and National Championship bets.  This rankings portion of the College Football Betting Guide will change each week several times.

Top 3 Sleepers

It seems that every year we have that one team that sort of comes out of nowhere and shocks the College Football world.   In this section, we will take a look at some of the sleeper teams that we feel can shock some experts in the 2018 NCAA College Football Regular Season.

Texas A&M Aggies –  If there is ever a team that stands to control their own destiny, it would be Jimbo Fisher's squad at Texas A&M. The Aggies have a menacing schedule ahead of them but if Jimbo can find a way to get this team grounded early, their strength of schedule may put them in the drivers seat.  They play one of, if not, the toughest schedules in College Football with games against Alabama, Georgia and Clemson!  Win 2 of 3, and they could sneak in the back door of a big title game! 

Washington Huskies – Defense! Defense! Defense! Word around Washington is this team is looking to compete with last years defensive squad that held their opponents to just 16 points per game.  The Huskies lose a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball this year and will return just 2 starts from last year.  That beings said, Jimmy Lake will have this squad ready for the start of the season and I truly don't think we will see any decline in this team.  If they can generate enough offense to grab some wins, this team can compete for a spot in that National Title Playoff spot.

Nebraska Cornhuskers – This may be a longshot but the Cornhuskers are sitting in a great spot and Scott Frost has this unit eager for a big season. Last year was his first year and they started out slow but finished strong, winning 4 of their last 6 games.  That is a strong point as Frost has shown that he can lead a team with relatively mediocre talent to championships, hence the UCF Knights.  The Cornhuskers have their QB in place with Adrian Martinez and if his supporting cast around him mends into a unit, this team could be one to watch in the BIG TEN!

College Football Betting Strategies

There are hundreds of ways that various handicappers and bettors alike plan how they will spend their bankroll.  College Football can either be really profitable or you can exhaust your entire bankroll in just a few weeks.  I always like to say that people don’t plan to fail, but they fail to plan.  Without a strategy on betting and without a game plan for sustainability, there is no way to remain in this industry.

You can ask 10 different professional handicappers and they will give you 10 different theories on what is the best way to be successful in College Football betting.  No one way is 100% correct and none of them are going to win every time but by tracking the overall win percentage of various theories will help you in the long run.  The one thing that we can say without a shadow of a doubt, is the fact that you can use various sportsbooks to bet the best and most favorable line in a game, to stack the deck in your favor.  I highly recommend you checking out the following articles prior to the NCAA College Football Season and freshen up on some strategies that we feel are important and beneficial for long-term sustainability in NCAA College Football Betting.

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