WE went 17-9 against the spread with our week 10 college football picks, which included 5-3 against the spread with our best bets/strong plays. Our total seasonal record is now an incredible 172-127-3 against the spread.Now on to week 11 and our free picks which we wanted to provide to you as an informative way for you to see what goes into a professional handicapper’s line of thinking when making selections. Enjoy and good luck with everything.Boston College (-5.5) VS. MARYLAND: Boston College is in a bad spot here as they possibly will letdown after seeing their national championship aspirations fall by the wayside. They now have to go out on the road to take on a Maryland team that has played tough all year long and who could catch BC sleeping. THE PICK: Maryland (+5.5)WEST VIRGINIA (-17) VS. Louisville: There is no love lost between these two teams and West Virginia will be all out to avenge last season’s loss to Louisville. Thursday night home teams giving more than 2 points are also on a great roll lately as they have now gone 39-16-2 ATS. Also West Virginia is always a good bet when facing a team that defeated them last time out as they are now 9-1 ATS in revenge games. THE PICK: West Virginia (-17)Arizona State (-7) VS. UCLA: Arizona State is in a letdown spot here after seeing their undefeated season go up in smoke against Oregon. The Bruins have been a dissapointment this year but they have a strong defense that will keep this one close. THE PICK: UCLA (+7)The following games are our BEST BETS and STRONG PLAYS for the week.BEST BETSAIR FORCE (-3) VS. Notre DameVIRGINIA TECH (-6) VS. Florida StateSOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (-15.5) VS. MemphisFlorida (-6.5) VS. SOUTH CAROLINATULSA (pick) VS. HoustonRUTGERS (-19) VS. ArmySTRONG OPINIONSTENNESSEE (pick) VS. ArkansasAlabama (-4.5) VS. MISSISSIPPI STATESo all in all we have eight BEST BETS/STRONG OPINIONS for the week for our subscribers. Good luck.
At one time, it was impossible for those wishing to wager on football to do so with out heading to the casinos. Thanks to the advent of online gaming, access of a legal and legitimate football sportsbook (a gaming “house” for sport wagering) is now possible.However, there is more to it then just picking the winner of the game and collecting your winnings. There is a bit more to the process. Football bets do not payout based a straight bet, a bet with no modifications to the final score. Instead, spreads and odds play a role in the wagering process. This is where a sportsbook comes into play. A solid, reliable sportsbook will set equitable betting lines that provide a fair playing field for the player and the house.Why are straight bets not employed? Basically, some teams are better than other and if a team with a 12 – 0 record were to play a team with a 1 – 11 record, 99% of the wagers would be on the favorite. This would break the bank of the house if the favorite were to win. This is an unsustainable business model which necessitates the concept of odds and lines.Basically, a sportsbook will offer a line where a handicap is placed on the favorite. A certain amount of points will be taken away from the favorite and given to the underdog. This is why you will see a numerical figure and a minus sign next to the favorite team. This figure is factored into the final result of the game.For example, if the Eagles are (-2) against the Cowboys, the Eagle must win by three for anyone betting on them to collect. Similarly, if someone were to get on the Cowboys, it would be possible to win the wager if the Cowboys lose by 1. If the tallied end result is a tie, then the game would be a push.Another bet is offered within football betting that entails an over and under bet. As the name implies, you would wager on whether the combined final score is higher or lower than a predicted number. So, if the over and under is 30, you can wager on whether or not the tally will be above/below 30. If you betted on the over, and the final score was 21 – 14, you would win since the combined tally was 35.This means it is possible to place bets on both the game itself and on the over/under. Some may opt to use the over/under as a hedge although many look to “clean up” and win both bets. In some instances, this is the actual outcome.No, the figures of the odds are not randomly pulled out of thin air. They are based on careful research in the teams’ lineups, win-loss record, injury reports, and other factor.Of course, different sportsbooks will have different lines. However, the numerical range will not be too significantly different. Again, the lines are based on legitimate factors and not on unempirical data. As long as you are signing on with a legitimate sportbook, you should not have these problems.Finding a reputable sportsbook can be at times like looking for a needle in a haystack. Yet with a little research on the interenet you will be in the game before you know it.