Fans of college football REALLY like college football. There are fewer casual college football fans than there are for other leagues, like the NBA and NFL. Their passion is often rooted in a deep connection to their favorite school, which also includes a deep dislike of rival schools. This is great, but it also can lead to some, ahem, irrational wagering.
How else does one explain UMass being listed by all five major sportsbooks in the National Championship futures category? Sure, the Minutemen are 50,000/1 long-shots (is there a term for a longer shot than a long-shot?), but there they are, a woeful 1-11 team in 2022, with odds to win the 2023 title. Who on earth would make that wager? While some sportsbooks do list every single team in their futures markets, it’s also very possible that a few UMass fans put a few bucks down on their team just for fun.
NCAA College Football Odds
Sportsbooks offer a robust futures market for NCAA football. Major operators list the following futures categories, which are tracked in real-time by SAO:
- Heisman Trophy Winner (best college football player)
- National Championship Winner
- Total Wins by Team
- AAC Winner
- ACC Winner
- Big 10 Winner
- Big 12 Winner
- C-USA Winner
- MAC Winner
- MWC Winner
- Pac-12 Winner
- SEC Winner
- SEC East Winner
- SEC West Winner
- MAC East Winner
- MAC West Winner
- Big 10 East Winner
- Big 10 West Winner
That’s a lot of different markets to track. The best part of the SAO NCAAF Futures Odds Comparison tool is that it tracks markets that are only available on one or two sportsbooks. For example, while all the sportsbooks currently offer odds on the biggest teams like Alabama or Ohio State to win the National Championship, some sportsbooks go a little deeper and offer futures odds on division titles.
In fact, only FanDuel offered odds on the Big 10 East Division Championship in late June. Additionally, also in late June, DraftKings was the only sportsbook to offer MAC East Division and West Division championship futures along with Sun Belt championship odds. Add to that the dozens of teams that have Total Win futures and Championship futures offered by some sportsbooks and not others, and it would be a full-time job just to keep all the information updated. Luckily for you, SAO already did the work. All you have to do is navigate the above table and find the odds on your favorite (or least favorite) team.
Finding Value In NCAAF Futures Bets
Let’s just get this out of the way. There is no value in taking Georgia to win the National Championship. Betting a team +220 to win the title with the season still months away is a questionable strategy. You’re tying up your bankroll until January for a 2.2/1 wager that is far from a sure thing.
However, there are plenty of reasons to bet on NCAAF futures, most of which have to do with picking someone other than Alabama. For example, Utah has generated a lot of buzz in the 2023 offseason. Someone thinking they may make a run at the playoff could find a ton of value by picking them to win it all. One quick check of the tracker in late June 2023 showed that the price on a Utah future varied from 50/1 to 66/1. That’s $1600 of extra profit on a $100 bet! At +6600, PointsBet was/is the place to go for a Utah future. In fact, PointsBet has the best value on a lot of the top teams, as you can see in the table above.
Expert College Football Predictions 2022
Looking at the SAO NCAAF Futures tracker can cause confusion and angst. Where is the value? Are conference futures a better bet than team totals? Should you lock up your funds for several months? It’s enough to make you want to lie down. Consider SAO Premium your antidote to futures betting anxiety. The SAO team does all the hard work, breaking down each team’s roster and schedule to find the betting value that lies in the futures tracker.
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