Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 02:36 AM
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BETTING COLLEGE AND PRO FOOTBALL
By Wayne Allyn Root
The factors that separate college football betting from NFL betting need to be understood as one moves from Saturday's to Sunday's action. It is a fact that betting action on college football is much more likely to come from professional handicappers and sophisticated bettors. These individuals are known as "sharps" or "wiseguys," who often possess strong insights and inside information that provides them with a huge edge when betting college football. Sportsbooks are always on the lookout for these "wiseguys." Las Vegas bookmakers know not to treat heavy betting activity on an obscure game, such as South Florida playing Boise, as casually as they might deal with increased wagering interest on a marquee NFL game such as a NY Giants-NY Jets confrontation.
First of all, it's harder to balance the betting action on an obscure game and the sportsbook operators usually know "something is up" or there is "unnatural line movement" on an obscure game- so they take appropriate actions. Bookmakers are quick to move betting lines as much as one to two full points (or more) at a time in college football. When the public grabs a hold of the number,the public bets it until the value resurfaces on the opposite side. And then those same "sharps" start betting the other side (this move makes then "real sharp"). Generally speaking, it takes more money to move an NFL betting line and, when it is moved... [More]