Knowing Which College Football Conferences to Bet On

The college football offseason is an excellent time of the year to first, assess your betting results from the previous season and next, start formulating your betting strategy for the upcoming season.

If your recent returns were rather bleak, it is probably time to come up with a brand new strategy for betting college football.

Even if your overall return was in the black, further analysis will probably uncover some bad betting habits that should be corrected.

A good starting point is taking a closer look at individual wins and individual losses.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did you pick the games you bet on?

Do you mirror the betting public by only going with the marquee matchups between top-ranked teams?

Do you only bet on games broadcast by ESPN?

Do you only bet on high-profile night games?

The general idea in answering all of these questions is to find a pattern in the bets you placed. You can then determine where most of the wins came from, as well as most of the losses.

Professional handicappers get paid to come up with winning picks. Professional bettors have the extra time to scan the entire betting board in search of value. As a recreational bettor looking for some weekend action on the games, you should think about narrowing your search for the games you bet on.

Betting college football by an individual conference is a very viable betting strategy.

By limiting your bets to the teams you follow the most, you will automatically increase your chances to win every bet you place. The concept is known as being a “subject matter expert”.


Unless you are betting college football as a living, it would be next to impossible to become a subject matter expert for all five of the major conferences and the five Mid Majors. By focusing most of your attention on a conference from each category, you will be much more informed when it comes to betting on the games.

Become a "Subject Matter Expert"

Many bettors will rely on geography when it comes to finding the right conferences to focus on. If you live on the East Coast, the ACC would be a good choice and possibly the AAC as a Mid-Major. Moving to the Southeast, the SEC and Sun Belt make a good fit. Out on the West Coast, the Pac-12 and the Mountain West are a natural pair.

The whole idea is to find one or two college football conferences that appeal to you the most. Starting in early spring, try and find as much information on the conferences you choose.


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Find out which players have moved on and which one are back from last year. Track each team’s recruiting class and prospects for the 2020 season. Read team reports from spring ball. Get a really good feel for their upcoming schedule.

The general idea is to gather as much information as possible on every team from that particular conference. This is the first step towards becoming a subject matter expert. It is also the first step towards developing a college football betting strategy that revolves around this concept.

One of the main reasons for using local geography to pick your conferences is local media. Most of the national news during the college football offseason toplines the biggest stories. Local media digs much deeper into the teams that are located in your own backyard.

Another good source of information are sites that only cover that conference’s sports teams. Even better are conference sites that only cover football. These sites are always looking for something to write about during the offseason. They are bound to dig up some information that never made it to the national level of coverage.

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.