Chris Welsh and Thor Nystrom look ahead to this week’s college football slate and break down the potential market movements of the early lines.
- Conference USA Championship: North Texas vs. UTSA – 0:04:48
- PAC 12 Championship: USC vs. Utah – 0:07:06
- Big 12 ChampionshipTexas Christian University vs. Kansas State – 0:12:18
- MACC Championship: Toledo vs. Ohio – 0:16:49
- Sun Belt Championship: Coastal Carolina vs. Troy – 0:20:03
- SEC Championship: Georgia vs. LSU – 0:27:04
- Athletic American Championship: UCF vs. Tulane – 0:31:27
- Mountain West Championship: Fresno State vs. Boise State – 0:37:44
- ACC Championship: Clemson vs. North Carolina – 0:42:38
- Big 10 Championship: Michigan vs. Purdue – 0:47:24
What is Betting Against the Spread?
Betting “against the spread” refers to the act of choosing the winning team based on a numeric handicap placed on the team that oddsmakers believe is superior, rather than picking the outright winner. For example, if the Rams face the Bengals, and oddsmakers set the spread at Rams -3.5, you would need Los Angeles to win by 4 or more points in order to cash your Rams bet.
What is an Over/Under Bet?
Over/Under is a wager based on how many points you think will be scored in a specific game. Oddsmakers set the total, and bettors decide whether the final score will be higher or lower than that number. If an Over/Under is set at 44.5 points and you bet Over, you will need the combined score of both teams to be 45 points or higher to win your bet.
What is a Moneyline Bet?
A moneyline bet involves choosing which team you believe will win a specific matchup. The moneyline favorite carries a minus designation, like -130. This means that you need to wager $130 to earn a $100 profit. Conversely, the underdog carries a plus designation, like +110. This means that you win $110 in profit on a $100 bet.
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