August marks the start of the official countdown to a new season of sports betting in college football. The offshore sportsbooks taking action online from US players are gearing up for one of the biggest betting seasons ever with a wide array of betting options on the board.
Let the handicapping for college football begin. The first games of the 2019 season are on the slate for Saturday, Aug. 24 highlighted by an in-state battle between the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes and the SEC’s Florida Gators in Orlando. Florida is listed as a seven-point favorite for that game. Thursday’s betting action on Aug. 29 offers a number of great matchups, including the ACC opener for Clemson at home against Georgia Tech. The early betting line for that game has the Tigers favored by a hefty 34 points with the total set at 59 points.
Most of the remaining teams in Division IA (FBS) start their new season on Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 as the highlight of the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Alabama will open its 2019 schedule on Saturday afternoon as a heavy 33-point home favorite against the ACC’s Duke Blue Devils.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the ACC’s Louisville Cardinals on Labor Day to close things out in Week 1. The Irish have been opened as 20.5-point road favorites in that matchup.
2019 College Football Betting Futures
Following last season’s stunning 44-16 romp over Alabama in the national title game as a 5.5-point underdog, Clemson is listed as a +180 favorite to win its third college football championship in four seasons. The Tide is second on the list at +220 betting odds to reclaim the top spot in the nation this year.
This season is shaping up as a two-team race to the College Football Championship Game in early January with the SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs third on the futures list at +700 betting odds. The Big Ten’s Ohio Buckeyes (+800) and the Big 12’s Oklahoma Sooners (+1000) round out the Top 5 teams.
When it comes to the futures odds to win a conference title, Clemson is a prohibitive favorite in the ACC at -400. Miami is next on that list as a +700 second-favorite. The top team on the list to win the Big Ten is Ohio State at +100 with the Michigan Wolverines a close second at +200 betting odds. The battle to win the Big 12 is another two-team battle between Oklahoma as a -125 favorite followed by the Texas Longhorns, who are set as +300 second-favorites.
The futures odds to win the Pac-12 has the Washington Huskies at the top of the board as +180 favorites, but the Oregon Ducks should keep things interesting at +200 odds to win this conference. Finally in the SEC as the final major conference, Alabama is set at -150 odds to successfully defend last year’s conference title with Georgia second on that list at +250.
The top two teams in the nation also have the top two players. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is set as a +250 favorite to win this season’s Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player. Next on the list at +300 betting odds is Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The odds drop off from there with Oklahoma’s new quarterback Jalen Hurts listed as a +800 third-favorite. Hurts started his college career with the Tide.
A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites. I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.