NCAAF Predictions, Picks & College Football Odds Today: A Week 5 1H Moneyline Bet for UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee

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Andrew CunninghamSeptember 30, 2022 at 05:00 AM

The college football Week 5 betting slate presents a ton of awesome betting opportunities. With that said, we have narrowed down all of the options to our favorite bet below for the NCAAF Week 5 slate of games.

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UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee Pick: UTSA First Half Moneyline | Shop for the Best Odds Below!

Friday, Sept. 29 | 7:30 p.m. ET

UTSA is likely to demolish Middle Tennessee in this game. We know they can pull off an upset (see: last week) but this isn’t an underperforming Miami (FL) team. The entire game moneyline is a bit too juiced for my liking, but I am all over this 1H moneyline.

I locked this in for -155 at DraftKings, but be sure to shop for the best line below before placing your bet!

1st Half Moneyline

Oklahoma State vs. Baylor Pick: Baylor Moneyline | Shop for the Best Odds Below!

Saturday, Oct. 1 | 12 p.m. ET

Don’t let the rankings fool you here, the loss to BYU on Sept. 10 brought Baylor’s rank down for a bit. They are every bit the better team against Oklahoma State and I look for them to take care of business.

Bonus, the books agree with me! The average odds for the Baylor moneyline are -128 and we can get it at FanDuel for -122 at time of writing. Be sure to shop for the best lines below before locking in your bet!

Moneyline

Utah State vs. BYU Pick: BYU Under 43.5 | -135 at DraftKings

Thursday, Sept. 29 | 8 p.m. ET

BYU looks to demolish Utah State in this one and there’s zero value on the moneyline. However, there’s a lot of value on the under. Every book is in agreement that the under is the solid bet here, especially the under 43.5. Lock it in and make some money this Thursday!

What is an NCAAF Prediction?

An NCAA football prediction can be viewed as the same as a bet. These can be wide-encompassing, ranging from something as simple as betting on who you think is going to win, to something a little more complicated like a prop bet. 

The terminology necessary to understand NCAA betting will be explained below, but all that is needed to know about an NCAA prediction is that it is essentially a bet on something. 

How to Bet on College Football Picks & Predictions

When betting on NCAA football, there are three main markets (spread, moneyline and total), as well as prop bets and alternate markets.

When you bet on an NCAA point spread, you’re betting on the margin of victory (or defeat) as opposed to the outright winner of the game. Let’s say you bet Alabama -3.5 vs. Clemson. This would mean that to win your bet Alabama would need to win by at least 4 points.

Conversely, if you bet Clemson +3.5 they don’t actually need to win the game, they just need to lose by fewer than 3 points or win outright. This is called covering the spread, and it is applied to both favorites (- next to the point spread, called “giving points”) and underdogs (+ sign next to the point spread, called “getting points”). If your NCAA football point spread bet wins, your team covered the spread.

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A moneyline is the most simple concept to follow in sports betting, in terms of different bet types. It is simply betting on a team to win the game outright. Your team could win by 1 point or 50 points, it could require overtime or be done in regulation — all that you are betting on is the direct outcome of the game.

The team with a – sign next to its odds is said to be the favorite and the team with the + sign next to its odds is the underdog. Speaking of odds, while the concept is simple the strategy of betting moneylines gets a little more complex. The odds directly determine how much you need to stake to win a certain amount of money. If Alabama is -275 favorites over Clemson, you would have to bet $275 to win only $100. Conversely, Clemson is +200 underdogs a $100 bet would net you a $200 profit if they were to win.

Betting an over/under or total in college football is one of the more popular types of bets you can make. A total, or over/under, is a bet on the combined total score of the game (hence being called totals) of both teams.

If the total for the Alabama vs. Clemson example above is set at 41, you are betting that at the end of the game the total of Alabama points and Clemson points would be over or under (hence being called over/under) the number of 41. If the final score is Alabama 21, Clemson 14, the game is said to have gone under (total of 35 less than 41). If the final is Alabama 28, Clemson 21 the game is said to have gone over (total of 49 > 41).

Where to Bet on NCAAF Picks & Predictions?

College football is a popular sports league in the United States. As such, all major sportsbooks accept NCAAF bets. Two of the most popular are FanDuel and DraftKings, which offer daily fantasy sports games, in addition to traditional sportsbook betting. We recommend signing up for every book you possibly can! The links below will take you directly to the sportsbooks signup page:

How to Pick the Best NCAAF Prediction Bets?

The importance of getting the best odds on your NCAAF bets cannot be overstated. Line shopping is a strategy used by bettors to find the sportsbook that is offering them the best odds on the bet they want to make. OddsJam has the best odds comparison tool on the market.

We process over 1 MILLION odds per minute from every major sportsbook in the U.S. This means we have the most up-to-date, real-time odds to help you make sure you not only get the best odds on your bet but also spot discrepancies between different sportsbooks moving their odds early or late.

In the NCAA, getting the best line can be the difference between winning and losing your money and/or your bet. Let’s say you want to bet on Alabama to beat Clemson. One sportsbook has their moneyline odds at -200, another has them at -189. One bet requires you to bet $200 to win $100, while the other only requires you to bet $189 to win $100.

To be a profitable sports bettor over time you. must get the best odds available to you. Let’s say you want to bet Alabama’s point spread against Clemson. One sportsbook has them at -3, and another has them at -3.5. If Alabama win by 3 points you would have pushed at the first sportsbook, but lost at the second.

Line shopping is important across every bet type including Totals or Over/Unders, Player Props, Game Props, Futures, and more!

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