Top NCAAF Betting Experts
Between the FBS (130) and FCS (127), there are over 250 college football teams featured in betting markets at U.S. online sportsbooks. If that sounds overwhelming, don't worry: The Action Network's college football betting experts are here to provide picks and analysis to narrow down the pool of potential bets to the most advantageous spots.
They analyze every game on each loaded slate, diving into recent form, injuries, news, home-field advantage, player values, betting market movement, advanced analytics, and much more. There's a lot to keep up with given the massive volume of games, but our NCAAF experts live and breathe college football betting.
On this page you'll find our top experts, as well as their current picks for the upcoming college football slates and their recent betting record. You can follow them directly from this page if you sign up for a free Action account, which syncs up to our industry-best app. From there, you can find your friends to see their bets, see live win probability on your bets, and more.
The Action Network's College Football Betting Experts
- All sports: 1835-1722-94, +25.85 units
- College football: 756-669-35, +32.39 units
One of the brightest college football minds in the industry, Wilson has been handicapping and creating power ratings for NCAAF for years. He provides extensive analysis throughout the season on every slate, and you can also find him on The Action Network's college football podcast.
- All sports: 3863-3517-162, +74.96 units
- College football: 768-685-34, +21.39 units
There are few sports Stuckey doesn't cover and bet on, but his specialty is in the college domain. He has over a decade of betting experience and dives into every minute detail of college football teams to provide the best content and analysis for Action users. You can also find him on the Action NCAAF podcast every week with Collin.
- College football: 153-125-3, +32.87 units
Staff writer for The Action Network, Cunningham primarily covers college sports, soccer, and baseball. He builds his own betting models and is a data-driven bettor who can quickly spot edges across big slates.
- All sports: 320-258-9, +31.61 units
- College football: 113-80-4, +22.69 units
The Action Network's guru of betting markets and data, Walsh provides invaluable analysis through our PRO subscription. For every college football game, you'll be able to find how sharp bettors are wagering, where the money is trending, our proprietary projections, and more.
- All sports: 1183-1064-69, +330.89 units
- College football: 24-21-1, +5.09 units
Writer for The Action Network, Anderson covers a wide range of sports, including college, the NBA, and the NFL. He specializes in analyzing player performance and has a solid betting record across a ton of markets.
- All sports: 1755-1654-106, +163.18 units
- College football: 103-91-3, +0.89 units
Dabbundo is a contributor at The Action Network and has experience betting on almost every major U.S. sport, including college football.
How to Bet on College Football
There are a myriad of different ways to bet on a college football game or on the performance of a team or player for the entire season. The three biggest markets for any given game are the spread, total, and moneyline.
Spread bets are wagers on the margin of victory in a game. Say the LSU Tigers are playing the Ohio State Buckeyes. The spread might look like this:
- LSU +6.5
- Ohio State -6.5
In this instance, LSU is the underdog, as evidenced by the plus sign next to it. The number is the expected margin of victory or defeat. Since the Tigers are predicted to lose, they just need to "cover the spread," which they can accomplish by winning the game outright or by losing by fewer than seven points. The favored Buckeyes, indicated by the minus sign, would win the spread bet if they beat LSU by a touchdown or more.
Moneyline bets make things a bit simpler, as they're just wagers on which team will win the game; the margin of victory doesn't matter. The American odds, which is what you'll see at U.S. online sportsbooks, can be a little confusing to read and calculate at first, however. Let's use the LSU vs. Ohio State example again:
- LSU +235
- Ohio State -275
These odds are best thought of in terms of payouts on $100 bets. LSU is less likely to win according to oddsmakers, so the payout on the Tigers is boosted. If you bet $100 and they beat Ohio State, you would profit $235. The Buckeyes are likely to win, which means you have to pay more: A $275 bet at the above odds would return $100.
Totals, also called over/unders, are wagers on how many points will be scored in a game by both teams. There's also team totals, which are bets on just how many points a single team will score in the game. With these bets, it doesn't matter who wins or by how much -- just the points.
Say LSU vs. Ohio has a total of 51.5 points. Bettors can take either side of that bet, and those who take the over would win if the teams combined for 52 or more points. Under bettors would profit at 50 or fewer points.
Betting doesn't just stop there for college football, though, as there are many more markets like props and futures. The latter market is particularly popular for NCAAF betting, as it includes any bet that is more season-long than focused on a single game. Some examples include odds to win the national title, odds to win the Heisman Trophy, and more.