Football online betting totals, also known as over/unders are the other main option in football betting in addition to pointspreads. As you look at football online betting over/unders you will want to look at many of the same handicapping factors you use when handicapping the pointspread. Let’s look at over/unders in football online betting.
Football online betting in regards to over/unders is simple to understand. You are wagering on whether or not the combined score between two teams in their game will go over or under the “total” posted by the football online betting oddsmakers. For example, you could have the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the Indianapolis Colts with an over/under of 47.5. Let’s say that Pittsburgh won the game by a score of 21-18 for a combined score/total between the teams of 39, which meant that the game was an “under” in football online betting. If you wagered on the under you would be a winner but if you wagered on the over you would have lost in football online betting. You could wager any amount you wanted from $1 up to $10,000 o more if the limits at the sportsbook were that high. You wager the same way on a total that you do on a side in the traditional 11/10 way.
Much like on pointspread side football online betting, the over/under numbers that you see posted by the oddsmakers are based on public perception and reaction as much as they are on merit. For example, you might have a high scoring game expected in football betting when Cincinnati plays Indianapolis.
Other factors that causes over/under football betting numbers to be where they don't belong are weather and injuries. For example, whenever there is a “snow game” the masses flock to bet the under, so the football online betting oddsmakers will post lower numbers than usual in response to that. If a key quarterback, running back, or receiver is out of action that will also cause lower totals to be posted by the football betting oddsmakers.