With the Big Ten finally getting its college football season underway, things in the sport will look a little normal when it comes to college football betting. Four-fifths of the Power 5 conferences will have teams in action for the first time in the 2020 season. Even though Ohio State will be on the field doesn’t mean betting on college football will be any easier.
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The most challenging bet, if you could find somewhere to make it, was the over/under wager on total wins. The 2020 season was already posing unprecedented uncertainty when the odds were released for three conferences on Aug. 20. The lack of much offseason work combined with ongoing COVID-19 protocols made finishing the season a tough proposition.
With the announcement that the Big Ten would begin play on Oct. 24, over/under totals for its teams were released. The Big Ten will play a conference-only eight-game schedule, followed by Champions Week games. The opponents in those games will be determined by the conference standings after the first eight games.
The most surprising disappointments so far have to be LSU and Oklahoma. The defending national champions came out of the gate with a 44-41 loss to Mississippi State. After a win against lowly Vanderbilt, Missouri hung another loss on the Tigers, this one by a 45-41 score.
LSU’s over/under was seven wins, and it will have to win out to better that total. Oklahoma was picked to win the Big 12 but stands at 2-2 after losses to Kansas State and Iowa State. The over/under on the Sooners was 8.5, a figure they have no chance of reaching with only six games remaining.
On the other end of the spectrum stand the Arkansas Razorbacks. They entered the 2020 season with 19 straight SEC defeats dating back to 2017.
The over/under for first-year head coach Sam Pittman was 1.5 wins. The Razorbacks stand at 2-2 in the SEC with wins over Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
In the ACC, North Carolina State was picked to win four games the entire season. The Wolfpack already have that number of wins and should add three or more to it by Dec. 5. The Wolfpack benefit by dodging both Clemson and Notre Dame this season.
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Between COVID-19 issues and limited or no non-conference play, betting on college games is challenging. Virginia Tech, for instance, has had double-digit players sit out each of its games.
They still stand at 3-1 with the loss coming to North Carolina with their entire defensive backfield sidelined. Just how good are these teams, and can bettors trust the records of the teams they are wagering on?
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Without the benefit of much spring or fall practice, the defenses seem to be a step behind. The point totals of college games are exploding. Trying to set an over/under line is tough for oddsmakers to do and difficult for bettors to rely on.
Point spreads are crazy to analyze when teams are scoring more than 40 points a game with regularity. A three-point spread may as well be a pick ‘em, with three points virtually meaningless in a 56-49 shootout. Have some fun, make your bets, and hang on!