When approaching college football betting season, a preparation period of one month minimum is a smart idea for the serious gambler.
The best college football betting season gamblers stay in touch with recruiting and spring drills on the internet through the winter and spring and then do serious homework beginning around the Fourth of July Holiday right through the rest of the summer until kickoff of college football betting season on Labor Day weekend.
The first thing that a college football betting fan should consider is an individual programs’ history. As Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel would say, “There is a reason programs continually win or lose.” And getting at the root of that reason is of paramount importance for a college football betting fan.
Once you establish traditional winners and losers of previous college football betting seasons you should next look for a sudden change in the norm, such as when tradition laden Notre Dame began losing regularly and when other traditional powers such as Penn State, Oklahoma, Alabama, and more recently Nebraska began losing. You should then also analyze losing programs that began to win the college football betting seasons such as Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota and Oregon State.
Those are programs that merit close scrutiny, as history would indicate that they could slide back into the abyss easily. Just as those traditional powers that hit hard times won’t take much to rebound back into prominence, such as what USC has done in college football betting.
Next it is important to get a grasp on the coach of each program. How long has he been there, what is his background, his philosophy, what are the expectations for the following college football betting season, what did he inherit, (if he is new), and can he recruit? Do his team play disciplined football, (like Charlie Weiss of Notre Dame), or make a lot of stupid mistakes, (like Ron Zook’s Florida teams).
Next, you should closely monitor the experience of each team. Do they have a lot of quality veterans and upper classmen returning or were they decimated by graduation and rebuilding with freshmen and sophomores?
Also evaluate how the team finished in the previous college football betting season. Did they finish strong with momentum heading into the new season or collapse down the stretch and leave with bad feelings?
After you check into such factors, put all of your answers together and group similar teams together such as favorites, sleepers, and teams that look down.