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NCAAF is the National College Athletic Association of Football, which is an Amateur competition of the great American Gridiron game played in Universities and Colleges all across the United States of America.

Better known as College Football, the NCAA is a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The NCAAF is made up of 11 conferences with a total of 130 teams that compete for for their respective teams. Players typically play for three to four years of the collegiate competition and then declare (if gifted enough) for the professional drafting into the NFL. The NFL Draft which is held every spring has 256 players selected annually, even those not selected can still attempt to land an NFL roster spot as an undrafted free agent.

Widely consider to be the second tier of American and Canadian football; one step ahead of high school competition, and one step below professional competition. In some areas of the US, especially the South and the Midwest, college football is more popular than professional football, and for much of the 20th century was seen to be more prestigious.

College Football Playoffs National Championship Trophy

Awarded to the winning team of the annual College Football Playoffs.

History of the Game

College Football had much in common with the traditional “mob football” played in Great Britain. The games remained largely un-organized until the 19th century, when intramural games of football began to be played on college campuses. Each school played it’s own variety or style of football though all share certain commonalities. The mob style games were played hard, with injury and violence being a common occurrence which lead to widespread protests thus leading to changes with the rules or rather rules committee’s being formed to police the game and stop the violence and injuries. 

Walter Camp is widely considered to be the most important figure in the development of American football, with the suggestion of a reduction of players from 15 to 11, this being passed in 1880. The effect was to open up the game and emphasize speed over strength. Camp’s most famous change, the establishment of the line of scrimmage and the snap from center to quarterback, was also passed in 1880., with other rules being implemented paved the way to the great game we know today.

College football expanded greatly during the last two decades of the 19th century. Several major rivalries date from this time period.

November 1890 was an active time in the sport. In Baldwin City, Kansas, on November 22, 1890, college football was first played in the state of Kansas. Baker beat Kansas 22–9.] On the 27th, Vanderbilt played Nashville (Peabody) at Athletic Park and won 40–0. It was the first time organized football played in the state of Tennessee. The 29th also saw the first instance of the Army–Navy Game. Navy won 24–0.

As professional football became a national television phenomenon, college football did as well.In 1952, the NCAA claimed all television broadcasting rights for the games of its member institutions, and it alone negotiated television rights. Today schools are now free to negotiate their own television deals. The sport has become just as popular as any other sport in the USA.


Betting or gambling on College Football is one of the most interesting sports to bet on. With more than 50 Div 1 games held weekly each with usually more than 100 markets, offers punters over 5000 outcomes to chose from each week. There are also many very high spreads (or lines) every single week, as stronger teams face what would be considered average competition. Meaning Head to Head betting can be extremely low value unless you successfully couple multiple head to head wins together. Equally as challenging is the over/under total game points. Where you can see over/under totals north of 70 points and that can be with 2 teams ranked in the Top 25. 

This tends to suggest that for the most part defence is not college football teams strengths. Take the two College Football Playoff results of 2023. TCU beat Michigan 51 – 44 (95 point total) and Georgia beat Ohio State 42-41 (83 point total). While thats just two results in the year finding teams that can score points can offer some real value even with Alternate Line selections. Also depending on the conference you may find some teams really struggling to score points against other tougher top to bottom conferences. 

The other big advantage college football offers gamblers is the schedule of the games, where there are many opportunities to potentially recover from say an early upset in the morning, as the Saturday Schedule sees games starting at 10:00 am ET and running all the way though until sometimes after 12:00 pm ET, thats a lot of football. 

Our best advice is to look for the tried and tested bashers vs bums, or in other words, teams that score points vs teams that cant score at all, and dont be afraid of the spreads in these outcomes. One area to watch out for in College Football is teams that get out to large leads in the 1st half can tend to give up points in the 2nd half as they try and slow the game down or worse remove their best places and coast home to win, just not enough to cover, so when reviewing your outcomes, have a look at 1st half points in large spread games.

There really are many outcomes required to be successful winning money on college football, and with so many games on offer it can sometimes be daunting to figure out where to best place your bet. Be patient and work on All Up Carry Over strategies with a trim after 3 outcomes, this should give you the best chance at striking real gold during a long season.