Online Sports Betting

NCAA Football Betting Terms

Action: A bet of any kind.

Alamo Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1993. It is played in San Antonio, Texas.

ATS: Abbreviation for Above the Spread

Back-door Cover: This term refers to meaningless points scored late in the game by the underdog team to cover the spread.

BCS Championship: This is the final bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series. It was established in 2006 and is intended to determine the national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. It is played between the two highest ranked teams in the BCS at the end of the regular season.

Book: A sportsbook or a betting establishment that offers odds and accepts wagers.

Bookie: A person (or establishment) that takes bets on the outcome of sporting events.

Bowl Games: These are post-season college football games played by nearly every college team with a winning record.

Capital One Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947-1982), Florida Citrus Bowl (1983-2002). It was established in 1947 and is played in Orlando, Florida.

Champs Sports Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1990. It is played in Orlando, Florida.

Chick-fil-A Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Peach bowl. It was established in 1968 and is played in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cotton Bowl Classic: A college bowl game that was established in 1937. It is played in Dallas, Texas.

Cover: If you beat the spread by the required number of points, you’ve ‘covered’ the spread.

EagleBank Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Congressional bowl. It was established in 2008 and is played in Washington, DC.

Edge: This is the advantage in any wager.

Emerald Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2002 and is played in San Francisco, California.

Favorite: This is the team that is expected to win.

Fiesta Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1971 and is played in Tempe, Arizona. It is part of the BCS Championship Series.

Front-door Cover: This is the opposite of Back-door cover. It is used in reference to the favored team scoring meaningless points late in the game to cover the spread.

Futures bet: This refers to placing a bet on any future event in the season. For example, putting down a bet early in the football season for who will win a bowl game.

Gator Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1946 and is played in Jacksonville, Florida.

GMAC Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl. It was established in 1999 and is played in Mobile, Alabama.

Handicapper: This is a person who studies and rates sporting events.

Handicapping: This is when someone tries to predict the outcome of any given game.

Hawaii Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2002 and is played in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Home field advantage: This is the edge a team is supposed to have when they play on their home field. Since the home field is a familiar turf and in front of the home crowd, teams are expected to perform better than they would if they were travelling thus giving them an edge.

Hook: This is a half point added to football odds.

Humanitarian Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1997 and is played in Boise, Idaho.

Independence Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1976 and is played in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Insight Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Copper Bowl. It was established in 1989 and is played in Tempe, Arizona.

International Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2007 and is played in Toronto, Ontario.

Las Vegas Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the California or California Raisin Bowl. It was established in 1992 and is played in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Liberty Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1959 and is played in Memphis, Tennessee.

Line: This is the odds, points, money line, or point spread offered on football games.

Linemaker: This is someone that sets the odds, points, money lines, or point spreads for football games.

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Motor City Bowl. It was established in 1997 and is played in Detroit, Michigan.

Lock: This term is used to refer to an easy win.

Longshot: This is a term used to refer to an extreme underdog.

Meineke Car Care Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2002 and is played in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Moneyline: This refers to the amount of money a player must wager in order to win $100, or the amount of money a player wins if they put $100 on the underdog.

Music City Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1998 and is played in Nashville, Tennessee.

NCAA: This is an abbreviation for National College Athletics Association.

New Mexico Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2006 and is played in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

New Orleans Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2001 and is played in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Oddsmaker: This is another term for the Linemaker. It is the person who sets the odds, moneyline, or point spread for football games.

Orange Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1935 and is played in Miami, Florida. It is part of the BCS Championship Series.

Outback Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Independence Bowl. It was established in 1986 and is played in Tampa, Florida.

Over/Under Bets: This refers to a bet on whether the combined total of the points scored by both teams will be more or less than a set number.

Overlay: This is a term to refer to odds that are higher than they should be. These odds favor the bettor not the house.

Papa Johns Bowl: A college bowl game that was previously known as the Birmingham Bowl. It was established in 2006 and is played in Birmingham, Alabama.

Parlay: This is a wager on two or more teams or outcomes where the selections must win in order for the bettor to win.

Past performance: This refers to any given team’s results in past seasons. This is particularly important when betting on NCAA football.

Player: This is a term that refers to any person that puts down a bet on any given sports event.

Poinsettia Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2006 and is played in San Diego, California.

Point Spread: This is a number of points given to the underdog by the Linemaker in order to handicap the favorite. It can also be thought of in terms of the scoring differential between the two teams. The point spread is used to even the playing field.

Proposition Bet or Props: This is a bet placed on a specific aspect of the game, such as who will score first or how long the longest touch down pass will be.

Rose Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1902. It is the oldest college bowl game. It is part of the Tournament of Roses and follows the Rose Parade. It is played in Pasadena, California and is part of the BCS Championship Series.

Soft line: This refers to a line that has been adjusted because of the result of an action. It is not the true posted line.

St Petersburg Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2008 and is played in St Petersburg, Florida.

Sugar Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1935 and is played in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the BCS Championship Series.

Sun Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 1935 and is played in El Paso, Texas.

Texas Bowl: A college bowl game that was established in 2000 and is played in Houston, Texas.

Underdog: This is a term that refers to the team that is expected to lose.

Underlay: This is a term that refers to odds that lower than they should be. These odds favor the house and not the bettor.

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