Canceled Spring Games and NCAAF Betting Futures

The current coronavirus outbreak has already impacted most aspects of everyday life. The need for proper social distancing to slow down its spread has shutdown collegiate athletics for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes spring ball for Division IA football.

Coaches and staff would use these spring practices to assess the overall talent level of their team. The practices were also instrumental in deciding a team’s potential starters on either side of the ball.

After everything hopefully runs its course over the spring and summer, college football should be able to pick things up in August to start the 2020 season on time.

 


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Avid college football bettors used the spring practices and annual spring game as the first steps in the handicapping process for next season. Teams that looked good in spring would often add value to any online sportsbook’s NCAAF futures betting options.

The normal wave of spring football storylines would begin to paint a picture that helped separate true contenders from obvious pretenders to win the next national championship. The lack of those insider stories leave almost every question unanswered at this time. Any useful information at this point will have to be confined to which starters will be back from last season’s roster.

Just a Minor Setback

As compared to many other major betting sports, losing spring football would be considered a minor setback as best. Yet, it is bound to have some kind of impact in the long run.

The power teams such as Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama will be just fine. The level of talent and depth on each of those teams make a coach’s job all the more easier.

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So much so that these three teams are currently at the top of the list for NCAAF futures odds to win the 2020 championship.

The ACC’s Tigers top the last list as +250 favorites after losing last season’s title game to LSU. They have quarterback Trevor Lawrence back for at least one more season and that could make all the difference in the world. Especially with former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow playing on Sundays next season.

Next on the list is the Big Ten’s Buckeyes. With second-year head coach Ryan Day building one of the deepest rosters through the team’s strong recruiting efforts, there is quite a bit of value in Ohio State’s +450 odds as a second-favorite.

 


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This is by far the class of the Big Ten with Penn State the next team from this conference on the list at +2500.

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The huge chip on Alabama’s shoulder this season after failing to even make the playoff last year automatically adds value to its +550 odds to regain the top spot in the nation.

However, the level of competition the Tide will face next season should elevate the SEC’s status back to being the ultimate power conference in college football. 

Georgia (+900), LSU (+1000) and Florida (+1200) are the next three teams on the list.

Getting a closer look at all three this spring would have shed some light on the value in those odds. Alabama is set to open its 2020 SEC schedule at home against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 19. It goes on to face LSU on the road in early November.

The Oklahoma Sooners weigh-in as the first team from the Big 12 at +2000. The eighth team on the list is the SEC’s Auburn Tigers as one of five teams with +2500 odds to win the 2020 championship.

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About the Author

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 during quite a few pretty 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 37 years later and am I still waiting patiently for my favorite team to bring home the Super Bowl title my dad never got to celebrate.