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College football futures are an increasingly popular way to add a boost of excitement to the entire NCAAF season — even months before it begins.
NCAA football futures offer fans the chance to show off their knowledge by betting on season-long events like the winner of the NCAA football championship, the winner of the Heisman trophy, or the winner of the SEC weeks or months before the games actually take place. Some sportsbooks even allow players to bet on whether a certain team will reach a certain amount of wins or whether a team will qualify for the College Football Playoff.
NCAAF futures can be great for fans with the ability to predict underdog runs before they occur but they can also tie up your bankroll since futures bets can take months to resolve. Below is a short introduction to college football futures bets offered by New Jersey sportsbooks.
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How to Bet on NCAAF Futures
Sportsbooks will typically offer a separate page for futures bets and list each bet with a moneyline. The moneyline simply denotes the ratio between your initial wager and the potential payout.
In the case of bets like who will win the NCAA football championship, sportsbooks will provide a long list featuring each team’s odds. Here is an except of what you may find:
Ohio State +900
In this case, Alabama is the presumptive favorite to win the championship again so the payout is the lowest if they win. A $100 bet would net you $240 in winnings. If you bet $100 on Auburn and they make a championship run, however, you would walk away with a cool $5,000.
The odds will change as the season moves along, based on each team’s performance as well as other factors like injuries and adjusted strength of schedule. That could open more betting opportunities, since a short losing skid could knock Alabama down a few notches and make them a much more favorable betting option than their preseason odds. Different sportsbooks offer different odds so you can even shop around to find the odds that are most favorable for your pick.
NCAA Football Futures
There are numerous other NCAAF futures bets available beyond just who will win the NCAA football title. Sportsbooks also allow you to bet on who will win each conference, which player will win the Heisman trophy, and other unique wagers.
You can bet on whether a certain team will win a certain amount of games. For example:
Over +10.5 (-175)
Under +10.5 (+125)
To win this bet, Alabama would need to win 11 or more games. Since they are favored to do so, you would have to bet $175 to win $100. On the other hand, a $100 bet would win $125 if they win 10 or fewer games.
Other bets are in the form of a question, like this:
Will Georgia qualify for the College Football Playoff?
Since Georgia is likely to qualify for the four-team playoff, you would have to bet $230 to win $100. On the other hand, your $100 bet would win $170 if they don’t.