College Football Week 0 Odds: How And Where To Bet On Weekend Slate

Written By Brett Gibbons on August 28, 2021 - Last Updated on August 29, 2021
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For bettors, college football Week 0 odds mark the official start to their college football season. For most, it’s a precursor to the real season itself. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, Saturday offers us the first look at FBS football with full stadiums since 2019.

Below, we’ll look at College Football Week 0 odds and where money is landing on the weekend’s four games with betting markets. Also, we’ve provided a crash course on how to bet on college football, what to expect, and how it differs from betting on the NFL.

College Football Week 0 Odds

DateGameLine (Click To Bet)
8/28Nebraska @ IllinoisNEB
8/28UConn @ Fresno StateFRES
8/28Hawaii @ UCLAUCLA
8/28UTEP @ New Mexico StateUTEP
8/28Southern Utah @ San Jose StateSJSU

Note: Southern Utah at San Jose State does not carry a betting market at major US sportsbooks.

College Football Week 0 market report

According to Johnny Avello, Head of Race and Sportsbook Operations at DraftKings, gave TheLines some insight on what kind of handle Week 0 is garnering:

“Out of the four matchups for Week 0, it appears the two that will write the most money are Nebraska-Illinois and Hawaii-UCLA. I believe that all four games will do quite well as far as handle is concerned and it’s conceivable that all four could be the top offerings of the day.”

The total handle likely won’t be as large as Week 1 marquee matchups like Georgia-Clemson, but bettors are paying attention to the first FBS action of the year.

Where to bet on college football

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You can also find in which states sports betting is legal. Be sure you are located in a state where sports gambling has been legalized before trying to place your college football bet.

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How college football betting differs from NFL betting

For prices, process, and other basic betting mechanics, college football operates just the same as the NFL. However, several factors exist within college football that affect betting that don’t exist outside of the league.

The first difference of note is point spreads. In the NFL, a typical point spread is 3.5 points with spreads exceeding 8.5 points being unusual. However, with larger talent gaps in college football, typical point spreads can range from 7.5 points to 30 or more points. Sometimes, games featuring Alabama or Clemson and a lesser opponent like Southern Miss or UConn can feature point spreads around 35 or more points.

Similar to point spreads, college over/under totals usually exceed those set in NFL games. When an NFL game results in 60 or more points, it usually comes near the top of lists in high-scoring affairs. Two of the four Week 0 games with betting markets have over/unders already set above 60– UConn at Fresno State () and Hawaii at UCLA ().

Don’t expect to bet on many college football player props, though. Rarely are game props set, but you can find odds on season-long awards like the Heisman Trophy.

Home field advantage has been studied and recorded, with a home team typically receiving a 2.5-point boost on the point spread. College football environments, however, present a much bigger home field boost. Traditions not allowed in the NFL like cowbells at Mississippi State make college football stadiums among the loudest venues in sports. Teams like Penn State, Texas A&M, and LSU may receive a larger boost when playing at home due to their notorious noise levels.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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