College Football Handicapping - College Football Handicappers
by Doc's Sports
Here at Doc's Sports, college football is King. Our college football handicapping methods have been honed and carefully crafted since the early 1970s when Doc started his service with a pad, pen, telephone and a dream. Here we are almost four decades later and Doc's Sports is known as one of the most trusted and well-respected college football handicappers in the nation.
College football handicapping, along with college basketball handicapping, have proven year after year to be the most fruitful of all the major betting sports for those searching for consistent profits. There are so many teams out there and so many games every week that the oddsmakers are going to make mistakes. Every week there is a slew of games that offer great value and many of them come from the smaller conferences and mid-majors. These teams and conferences don't see as much action as the made-for-TV conferences do, therefore the bookies don't spend as much time setting the lines for their games (during football season they have so much going on and the already overworked bookies just don't have the resources to set solid numbers for all games).
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Over the years Doc's college football handicapping team has built a vast network of contacts around the nation that gives us access to some of the best exclusive information of any college football handicapper in the nation. Whether it's sending scouts to practices or getting a tip from one of our nationwide media contacts, one tidbit of strong information can turn an average pick into a Game of the Week or Game of the Month situation. Our top plays are what really put us on the map in the college football handicapping world. In fact, Doc's record streak of 19-straight wins for his 8-Unit Big Ten Game of the Year (our strongest pick we will release for the entire season in any sport) moved the Las Vegas line as much as a touchdown soon after he released his pick towards the end of the famous streak.
Doc's has been lucky enough to join forces with some of the nation's best college football handicappers: Robert Ferringo, Strike Point Sports, Vegas Sports Informer and Allen Eastman. Each of these handicappers brings their own unique style and approach. Click the links below to view each individual handicapper page for all the latest information about past and current records, hot streaks and free picks. Click Here for more information on football picks pricing.
Doc's home page is one of the best sources on the Internet for the best daily exclusive college football handicapping content. While a lot of what goes into being a successful college football handicapper is experience and learning from your mistakes, we give you all the information you need to become an expert handicapper yourself every day on our site. If you took the time to check our homepage every day and read through our archives you could probably earn the knowledge to become a successful handicapper yourself. We strive to provide the best sports betting content on the Internet and we truly believe we have achieved that feat.
We understand that not everyone has months to spend studying the craft. For those people we offer our expert college football handicapping advice in one week, one month and full season increments. We offer all packages at a fair price and when you buy a package you get all of our picks for that week - there is no price tier for different picks like some of the unscrupulous college football "handicappers" in our business do.
Our goal during the college football handicapping season is to earn a 60% profit over the course of the college football season. We have earned much more than that and also less - but we are always honest about our losing streaks at Doc's. There is no such thing as "locks" or "sure things" and we always try to convey that to our clients. Picks range from one to eight units and we encourage our clients to practice strict money management with their betting budgets. Many Web sites will make outrageous claims of 70-90% and higher for their college footballs seasons but they are lying - straight up. Anything above 75% over the course of a whole season when making a substantial amount of picks is going to be something that is probably going to happen to maybe a couple of guys in the world in our lifetime. It's nearly impossible. However, winning 60% over the course of the season equals a great deal of profits and that is our goal every season.
All of our college football handicapping picks come with a rotation number, units (Click Here to read more about our Unit System for the best money management), time and detailed analysis. Here is an example of a 6-Unit pick from Doc's Sports:
6 Unit Play. #60 Take Indiana +2 ½ over Purdue (Saturday 3:30 pm Big Ten Network) This game will likely feature the winner going bowling, while the loser stays home. Hoosiers seniors want this game bad in order to prove that the program has turned the corner. This team has suffered through adversity all season long with Coach Hoeppner's tragic death before the season started. The reports have been good coming from practice and the 1967 Rose Bowl team will be on hand. Indiana will shutdown the passing attack of the Boilers and Purdue has not recovered from last week's home loss to Michigan State . Sky high Hoosiers get it done and complete a remarkable season. Indiana 38, Purdue 23.
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7 tips for college football handicapping from a professional handicapper:
1. Money management is crucial.
Regardless of sport, money management is the key to successful sports betting. You should generally not be betting more than three or four percent of your stack on any one given game, with the exception of those rare situations that warrant slightly more. Even then you shouldn’t commit more than seven percent on any one situation.
So if you have $2,000 in your account you should be betting around $60-$80 per game. I know, I know: that’s not as sexy as betting $200 or $300 per play. But “sexy” is for amateurs and tourists. Bet within your means and you’ll stay in the game a lot longer. And if you do that then you can eventually turn that $2,000 into $4,000, $5,000 or $10,000 and then be the high roller you always wanted to be!
2. Have a plan.
Professional handicappers like myself spend countless hundreds of hours readying for a college football season. You’re busy. You don’t have that kind of time. I get it. But if you’re going to be wagering hard-earned dollars on the gridiron you need to be somewhat prepared. Every hour that you spend doing work before the regular season begins will save you two hours once the footballs start flying.
Put in time before the season starts. Figure out which teams you like and which ones you don’t. Determine whom you think is underrated and who is overrated. Check out coaching changes and look at which teams lost the most talent from last year’s squad. Most importantly, scan over teams’ schedules in order to target some games where you think a team will be ripe to bet on or against. This way when mid-October rolls around you already have a few upset specials or high value situations in your sights and you won’t be swayed by peripheral factors.
3. Learn to make and read the lines.
One of the biggest mistakes bettors make is they believe because they know a lot about a sport they will be good at betting that sport. This isn’t true, just like eating a lot of food doesn’t make you an expert chef.
To ignore or underestimate the oddsmakers is to seal your own fate. Trap lines, reverse line movements, false line moves – the sportsbooks have a lot of tricks up their sleeves. And you need to understand what these concepts are and how to spot them. The best bettors are also usually solid oddsmakers themselves. And they know which teams the books want to take action on and which games are vulnerable.
Before looking at the spreads each week you should jot down what you think the odds will be on each game. Compare your numbers with the pros’ and then try to figure out the discrepancies. Throughout the week you should check to see if a spread is moving and how those movements reflect the betting patterns for that game. Compare those movements to the actual results and over time you’ll start to see patterns emerge. And all of that can be done with the same amount of time someone may spend fumbling through an injury report mid-week, and the long-term benefits will be much more significant.
4. Emotion is one of the biggest factors.
There is no more important factor when handicapping college football games than emotion. After all, these are 18 to 22-year old kids that we’re dealing with. (Unless we’re talking about Utah, whose players are like 28.) These kids are erratic and unpredictable. But these are also capable of doing incredible things when they get caught up in the emotion of a specific situation.
Rivalry games, injuries to star players, and the revenge factor are all key handicapping components each week. Look Ahead Games – when a team overlooks its current opponent because they are focused on next week’s game – are a very real phenomenon. Let Down Games – when a team plays poorly in the game following a peak emotional effort – are just as common. You need to be able to pinpoint both and bet on teams accordingly.
5. Continuity counts.
Constant roster turnover is a unique feature to college football handicapping. Graduation, transfers, injuries, and freshmen are all constantly reshuffling the deck of the 130 teams in the FBS. There are thousands of players to keep track of and it can be overwhelming.
That also makes continuity a key factor in performance. Teams with a high number of returning starters – at least 15 or more – and teams with upperclassmen-heavy rosters are generally worth keeping an eye on, especially at the beginning of the season. Conversely, even the top tier programs aren’t immune to rebuilding seasons or regression when they lose a good portion of their starters.
Also, offensive and defensive coordinators are always changing. New schemes and systems can have a dramatic impact on performance, and there is usually an adjustment period. On the flip side, teams with proven systems – think about Chris Peterson at Boise State or the Quack Attack in Oregon – can be counted on year-in and year-out. And their coaching infrastructure can more easily offset personnel losses.
6. Use the Top 25 in your favor.
Nothing ropes in square money for the sportsbooks like the Top 25. Common bettors see those rankings and think that those little numbers by the team name somehow ascribe magical powers to the teams they adorn. When the reality is that the college football rankings system is one of the biggest farces in all of sports. And that flawed, subjective system has only a fleeting basis in reality and little tangible impact as to what happens on the field.
Sportsbook love the Top 25 because they help foster a sort of herd mentality about teams. Oddsmakers adjust the spreads because of their rankings, knowing that square bettors will blindly pour money into these top rated teams.
But the Top 25 could be a sharp bettor’s best friend. By targeting which teams are grossly overrated and underrated you can stay ahead of the general betting public in finding line value. Also, little tricks like spotting an unranked team that is favored over a ranked team or understanding that road ranked teams laying big points are usually sucker plays can help a novice college football bettor keep some cash.
7. Keep a long-term perspective and do what works for YOU.
If you want to survive the highs and lows of gambling through a full college football season you need to be prepared for the highs and lows of a full college football gambling season. That is why money management is so critical. But it is also important to set a reasonable goal for yourself for the season and then keep your focus on attaining that.
One of the worst things that bettors can do is listen to other gamblers. I know it always seems like someone out there is winning more than you or making more money than you or doing things a better way than you are. But usually the exact opposite is true. The
The best method is the one that keeps you playing and that steadily earns you money over the long term. Not everyone can have a 68-percent winning system like I do with my KING College Football Betting System. But that is OK. If you have a method that works then stick with it. If you make money just betting on the ACC then don’t try to branch out and bet on the MAC. Keep it simple and do what works for you. Don’t overwhelm yourself and don’t get greedy. Keep those long-term goals in mind and remember that slow and steady is the way to go.
College football betting is a challenge for even the most seasoned gamblers. But the sport is beatable. My associates at Doc’s Sports and I have been doing it for over 40 years and this is the stuff that we live for. Hopefully this article has given you some tools to use against the sportsbooks. You can try to bet like the pros or you can sign up and sit back and let the pros do all the work. Either way, as long as you are making money and having a great time doing it you are already way ahead in this game.
Robert Ferringo is a professional handicapper and a member of the Football Writer’s Association of America. He has been one of the best long-term earners in the industry, with nearly $13,000 in profit for his $100-per-Unit bettors over the last 16 football months. Also, you can get $60 worth of free Robert Ferringo member picks (no salesman, no credit card, no obligation!) by clicking here for more info.