College football is one of the greatest sports to watch as a fan and for some, business. If you are in the business of watching the games and placing wagers on the outcomes, you are most likely starting to gear up for the upcoming season. The perennial favorites are already listed in the top 25 poles and are starting to gain steam in the media. Banking in on NCAA football picks is not easy, it’s a matter of not only looking ahead at the matchups, but learning why certain players will rise to the ranks on a Saturday night and some will flounder. Even the best plans can go awry, and teams that are pre-ranked at #1 before the season start could end up losing big key match ups and that means your money goes down with them. In college, upsets are not rare, which is why a handicapper can’t just be a casual football fan.
If you are new at sports betting or you just don’t know where to find the best options before the games start rolling through, then it’s important to look into a few locations that will promise you the best advice. The first place to find advice is through a newsletter that is sent out by the teams that you’re watching and placing money on. For instance, if you’re going to place some serious money on the Pac-12 you need to look at the team’s newsletter. Inside the information you will receive from the source, you will find gems of information as to what the team is working on in practice, what’s not working, what is highlighting and what to expect from the key match ups that the team will have to face on the weekend. You’ll get updated rosters, key problems, and best of all, injury reports from the source, rather than staying up late for news reporting on cable. If the team doesn’t have an official newsletter, look for a source that does and that only deals with the teams you’re betting on.
After you’ve done your homework online, it’s time to see what’s going on at your local watering hole. Go to a neutral sports bar where there’s a lot of people talking about the teams that are going to play. Finding where the fans of any given sport is as easy as making a few calls, looking online for information, and getting to the right place. This only works if you’re of age, if you’re under 21, then you will have to find another route. However, if you’re 21 years old, check out your local sports bar and listen closely for insider information about the teams you’re watching. You’ll get a good sense of what’s happening since diehard fans will always want to talk about their favorite teams and give insider information, it’s just how fans act.
The last place to look is sports magazines. Look for mainstream magazines, but try to find local and underground items that will allow you to get information that no one else is publishing. The magazine world can be cutthroat and getting an exclusive means the world to them, so look out for that. Find the exclusive interviews, find the information that will give you an edge, and then place your money down right before the deadline and win big.
Article by Miranda Hewitt