There are 130 teams competing in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, which is more than four times the number of franchises in the NFL. Each of those teams has to play between 10 and 13 games per season. These teams are competing in their own conferences before the best ones get to play additional matches in the Playoff.
What this means is that there are plenty of games you can bet on throughout the season. Unfortunately, not all sportsbooks have each division in their offer. And those that do, usually don't offer too many different betting markets.
Usual Football Betting Markets
You can be sure that sportsbooks that have NCAA football in their offer will have the money-line market, as well as point spreads. However, there are some books that have additional game markets you can bet on, including the following:
- Winning margin
- Total points
- Total points by each team
- Half time-full time
- Highest scoring half
Although it's rare, some sportsbooks do have player betting in their offer. These bets are usually only available during the College Football Playoff, which decides the champion of NCAA football division. In those matches, you can bet on things like who's going to score a touchdown, who's going to make the touchdown pass, how many yards a certain player is going to run, and so on.
College Football Futures Bets
Apart from betting on individual college football matches, you can also bet on the so-called futures or outrights. For example, you can bet on which team is going to win the Championship.
Or, you can bet which teams are going to make it to the Playoffs. Some sportsbooks will also let you pick the winner of each individual conference, e.g. Atlantic Coast Conference winner or Big 10 Conference winner.
You can also find some books that have player futures in their betting offer. For instance, you may find outrights for which player is going to win the Heisman Trophy, an award given every December to the most valuable college football player.
And there are also some books that let you bet on NFL drafts, that is, to pick a player who you think is going to be drafted by a certain NFL franchise. Finally, there are some books that will let you pick your own futures bet. If you can find such a sportsbook, the sky is the limit for your college football betting adventures!