Every sports handicapper is looking for an edge, and the obsession with making the right choice before game time can be daunting to say the least. If you’re one of the millions of people that have been trying to get closer to the big money and quit your 9 to 5, then consider the following 3 tips that will help you get the best college football picks no matter what. Before we jump in, remember that by treating the sports as more than a fan, you will have to let go of your favoritism. If you love a team so much that it pains you to bet against them, then you’re not ready to make serious money. You have to separate yourself from the fan that wants to cheer on the team over making money.
The first major tip that you need to consider is the match ups. Not just the players, but also the coaches. If you can size up the coaches and you know their backstories, you will be able to pick up the underdogs and upsets before any analyst can. For instance, former offensive coordinators turned head coaches that go to rival or different schools to coach will always have an edge against their former teams. This was highlighted most recently when the University of Washington defeated perennial favorite USC by 3 points, due in large part to a savvy new head coach for the Huskies that used to coach for USC. It’s insider information like knowing where the coach was the year before that will allow you to make serious money when others simply follow the mainstream analysis.
The second tip to consider is to always look at the odds with skepticism. There’s no true underdog that is going to lose 100 to 1 or even 10 to 1. Look for major underdogs to come out on top more often than not when it comes to the college football games. Unless a team is just outmatched in every place, you’re going to find a major upset brewing. If you get a team from the Big East playing a team from the WAC, for instance, you can always be assured that the WAC team will struggle, but be careful, upsets are not so rare in the collegiate levels. Look carefully at the favored team and make sure that they are not too confident moving forward. Confidence can be a killer as has been seen in many games where perennial underdog Boise State stomped out teams that were ranked higher than they were.
The third tip is going to catch some off guard, but it’s crucial. Look at teams that have senior quarterbacks as teams to bet on as sure things. This is a tricky one, but if can pay off big. Younger quarterbacks will make mistakes in crucial spots, but veteran players that skip the NFL are most likely to not only get the Heisman Trophy nod but also make serious moves towards a national championship. If they are in their last year of eligibility, look out for major money to be made with their big time wins.
Article by Miranda Hewitt