Preparation For a New College Football Season

Quarterback Spencer Rattler #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Another college football season is drawing ever closer. Are you as a football bettor ready? If not, here are some simple easy to follow methods from an expert handicapper, me.

I’ve been a professional handicapper for more than 20 years and like you, a sports bettor before that. Today, my job revolves around writing articles like this, doing sports betting research for monitored picks and videos.

Having been your age and raised kids, holding down a job and all of the other life commitments, I’m not going to tell you I’d be as successful in what I do now living your life today. I could have never studied like I do, which is now my job, when I was in my 20s and 30s. However, if winning your bets in college football matters to you, let me lay out simple but still with work-involved methods to put the college football odds in your favor.

Buy Magazines and Invest in Your Winnings

There are about five really good magazines you need to buy or download for reading and intel. We are not going to mention all the names here, but if you Google it, it will be obvious which ones they are.

What you want to do is go through and before you read a thing, either on paper or an excel spreadsheet, you want to create a chart. Go through each conference, list the teams as each magazine has them to finish in the conference and or the division they are in.

Without reading a word, this gives a look at each conference and you can see the differences, which should provide you a more method of looking at the teams and trying to understand the differences.

Next, look for returning starters on offense and defense and pay special attention to those having a returning quarterback or not and the number of linemen on both sides of the ball. Having a QB with four or five O-Linemen and three or four D-Linemen typically has an upside, especially compared to rebuilding lines and finding a signal-caller.

Review the Season Win Totals

Now that you have completed this homework and have knowledge of what those following the sport think, get the sportsbooks oddsmakers take.

On the sheets you have created, you can add the win totals for easy access and this gives another perspective. Some you will agree with and others you might not. The wise thing about the ones you don’t agree with is what you should investigate. This is where right or wrong perception could cost you college football picks.

Besides possibly re-reading about particular teams, check out the schedules and attempt to make a case for what linemakers believe, which can help you week to week at OddsTrader. If it falls within the parameters of your thinking, you learned something. If it’s not, maybe the oddsmaker is wrong and let’s be truthful, they are definitely not always correct.

If You Are New to College Football Betting, Do This

Having to look over 130 teams and 60 or more games a week can feel like an insurmountable task. That would be particularly true if you are new or have limited experience.

The smartest thing you can do is what everyone that bets football has been forced to learn, become an expert at something.

If you live in the Midwest, for example, hone in the Big Ten and or maybe the Big 12. Here you are talking about 12 games a week max for conference play and some more for non-conference action. Learning everything about a more limited amount of teams generates knowledge and the workload is much easier to handle.

If you follow the same aspects, we told you to follow above, no matter where you live, you should have strong working knowledge going into the season and have the time to watch enough games and follow the box scores to know what caused teams to win or lose the week prior.

What More In-Depth Knowledge, Create This

If you have the time and maybe a job where you work, that allows some goof-off time (come on, we know this is real unless you are in the sports betting business), consider putting together power rankings. Below you can see the current power rankings at OddsTrader.

The benefit to this is you are doing what the experts are, determining a line on a game and comparing it to the actual line from books like OddsTrader has.  You will not automatically become an expert, but over the years, you will learn to fine-tune your skills to the point they are accurate enough to trust them and find errors from the oddsmakers. Again Google – Power Ratings and look for ones that can generate and differential just like a linemaker.

I can tell you, I started doing this long before I even thought about what I’m doing today and that experience is invaluable.

In closing, if you want to have more winning wagers, follow these approaches. You might not win every year, but your good years will be better and your losing years will not be as painful. is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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