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College Football: Who is the Public Betting On?

Who is the public betting on today in NCAA College Football? BetVega.com provides daily public betting trends from a collection of online sportsbooks providing betting public consensus picks percentages.


TIMEMATCHUPBETTING%ACTION
2:00pmIllinois St vs New Hampshire (FCS Playoffs - Semifinals)(ESPNU)
Expert Picks
New Hampshire 97.30%
Illinois St 2.70%
444 Bets
4:00pmColorado St-Pueblo vs Minnesota St (Division II Championship)(ESPN2)
Expert Picks
Colorado St-Pueblo 33.33%
Minnesota St 66.67%
72 Bets
2:20pmUtep vs Utah St (New Mexico Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Utah St 85.60%
Utep 14.40%
4668 Bets
3:30pmUtah vs Colorado St (Las Vegas Bowl)(ABC)
Expert Picks
Colorado St 29.24%
Utah 70.76%
3324 Bets
5:45pmW Michigan vs Air Force (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)(ESPN2)
Expert Picks
W Michigan 28.57%
Air Force 71.43%
2352 Bets
9:15pmS Alabama vs Bowling Green (Camellia Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Bowling Green 24.90%
S Alabama 75.10%
2940 Bets
12/22 2:00pmBYU vs Memphis (Miami Beach Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
BYU 63.83%
Memphis 36.17%
564 Bets
12/23 6:00pmN Illinois vs Marshall (Boca Raton Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Marshall 38.46%
N Illinois 61.54%
624 Bets
12/23 9:30pmNavy vs San Diego St (Poinsettia Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
San Diego St 96.15%
Navy 3.85%
1560 Bets
12/24 12:00pmC Michigan vs W Kentucky (Bahamas Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
C Michigan 10.60%
W Kentucky 89.40%
1812 Bets
12/24 8:00pmFresno St vs Rice (Hawaii Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Fresno St 26.92%
Rice 73.08%
312 Bets
12/26 1:00pmIllinois vs Louisiana Tech (Heart of Dallas Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Louisiana Tech 30.00%
Illinois 70.00%
240 Bets
12/26 4:30pmRutgers vs N Carolina (Quick Lane Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
N Carolina 55.56%
Rutgers 44.44%
324 Bets
12/26 8:00pmNC State vs C Florida (St. Petersburg Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
C Florida 60.61%
NC State 39.39%
396 Bets
12/27 1:00pmVirginia Tech vs Cincinnati U (Military Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Virginia Tech 48.57%
Cincinnati U 51.43%
420 Bets
12/27 2:00pmDuke vs Arizona St (Sun Bowl)(CBS)
Expert Picks
Arizona St 47.92%
Duke 52.08%
576 Bets
12/27 3:30pmMiami Florida vs S Carolina (Independence Bowl)(ABC)
Expert Picks
S Carolina 26.67%
Miami Florida 73.33%
540 Bets
12/27 4:30pmPenn St vs Boston College (Pinstripe Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Penn St 13.64%
Boston College 86.36%
264 Bets
12/27 8:00pmNebraska vs USC (Holiday Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Nebraska 5.26%
USC 94.74%
684 Bets
12/29 2:00pmW Virginia vs Texas A&M (Liberty Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Texas A&M 61.90%
W Virginia 38.10%
252 Bets
12/29 5:30pmClemson vs Oklahoma (Russell Athletic Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Oklahoma 92.86%
Clemson 7.14%
336 Bets
12/29 9:00pmTexas vs Arkansas (Texas Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Arkansas 54.55%
Texas 45.45%
660 Bets
12/30 3:00pmNotre Dame vs LSU (Music City Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Notre Dame 39.34%
LSU 60.66%
732 Bets
12/30 6:30pmLouisville vs Georgia (Belk Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Louisville 35.48%
Georgia 64.52%
372 Bets
12/30 10:00pmMaryland vs Stanford (Foster Farms Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Stanford 87.65%
Maryland 12.35%
972 Bets
12/31 12:30pmMississippi vs TCU (Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
TCU 95.12%
Mississippi 4.88%
984 Bets
12/31 4:00pmBoise St vs Arizona U (Fiesta Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Arizona U 62.79%
Boise St 37.21%
516 Bets
12/31 8:00pmGeorgia Tech vs Mississippi St (Orange Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Georgia Tech 47.06%
Mississippi St 52.94%
408 Bets
01/01 12:00pmWisconsin vs Auburn (Outback Bowl)(ESPN2)
Expert Picks
Auburn 80.00%
Wisconsin 20.00%
480 Bets
01/01 12:30pmMichigan St vs Baylor (Cotton Bowl Classic)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Michigan St 29.41%
Baylor 70.59%
816 Bets
01/01 1:00pmMinnesota U vs Missouri (Citrus Bowl)(ABC)
Expert Picks
Missouri 42.31%
Minnesota U 57.69%
312 Bets
01/01 5:00pmFlorida St vs Oregon (Rose Bowl)(CF Playoffs)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Oregon 88.03%
Florida St 11.97%
3408 Bets
01/01 8:30pmOhio St vs Alabama (Sugar Bowl)(CF Playoffs)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Alabama 67.82%
Ohio St 32.18%
2088 Bets
01/02 12:00pmPittsburgh U vs Houston U (Armed Forces Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Pittsburgh U 61.54%
Houston U 38.46%
156 Bets
01/02 3:20pmIowa vs Tennessee U (Taxslayer Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Tennessee U 64.71%
Iowa 35.29%
408 Bets
01/02 6:45pmUCLA vs Kansas St (Alamo Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
UCLA 11.11%
Kansas St 88.89%
540 Bets
01/02 10:15pmOklahoma St vs Washington U (Cactus Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Oklahoma St 83.33%
Washington U 16.67%
144 Bets
01/03 12:00pmE Carolina vs Florida (Birmingham Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
E Carolina 37.93%
Florida 62.07%
348 Bets
01/04 9:00pmToledo vs Arkansas St (Go Daddy.com Bowl)(ESPN)
Expert Picks
Toledo 75.00%
Arkansas St 25.00%
48 Bets
4:05pmCoyotes vs Kings
Expert Picks
Coyotes 0.00%
Kings 100.00%
144 Bets
7:05pmSenators vs Canadiens
Expert Picks
Canadiens 100.00%
Senators 0.00%
48 Bets
7:05pmCapitals vs Devils
Expert Picks
Devils 50.00%
Capitals 50.00%
24 Bets
7:05pmFlyers vs Maple Leafs
Expert Picks
Flyers 0.00%
Maple Leafs 100.00%
24 Bets
7:05pmRangers vs Hurricanes
Expert Picks
Rangers 100.00%
Hurricanes 0.00%
24 Bets
7:05pmLightning vs Islanders
Expert Picks
Islanders 0.00%
Lightning 100.00%
24 Bets
7:05pmPanthers vs Penguins
Expert Picks
Panthers 0.00%
Penguins 100.00%
60 Bets
7:05pmBlackhawks vs Blue Jackets
Expert Picks
Blackhawks 75.00%
Blue Jackets 25.00%
48 Bets
8:05pmPredators vs Wild
Expert Picks
Predators 100.00%
Wild 0.00%
24 Bets
10:05pmFlames vs Canucks
Expert Picks
Flames 50.00%
Canucks 50.00%
24 Bets
10:35pmBlues vs Sharks
Expert Picks
Blues 0.00%
Sharks 100.00%
12 Bets
7:05pmT-Blazers vs Pelicans
Expert Picks
T-Blazers 44.44%
Pelicans 55.56%
108 Bets
7:05pmJazz vs Hornets
Expert Picks
Hornets 75.00%
Jazz 25.00%
48 Bets
8:05pmHawks vs Rockets
Expert Picks
Hawks 31.25%
Rockets 68.75%
192 Bets
8:35pmSpurs vs Mavericks
Expert Picks
Mavericks 75.00%
Spurs 25.00%
144 Bets
9:05pmPacers vs Nuggets
Expert Picks
Pacers 33.33%
Nuggets 66.67%
108 Bets
10:35pmBucks vs Clippers
Expert Picks
Bucks 11.11%
Clippers 88.89%
216 Bets
2:00pmMissouri vs Illinois (ESPN2)
Expert Picks
Illinois 78.95%
Missouri 21.05%
456 Bets
2:00pmPenn St vs Drexel
Expert Picks
Penn St 85.71%
Drexel 14.29%
252 Bets
2:00pmVanderbilt vs Georgia Tech
Expert Picks
Georgia Tech 58.33%
Vanderbilt 41.67%
288 Bets
2:00pmS Florida vs Florida St
Expert Picks
Florida St 88.24%
S Florida 11.76%
204 Bets
2:30pmIndiana U vs Butler (FS1)
Expert Picks
Indiana U 16.00%
Butler 84.00%
300 Bets
3:00pmMarshall vs Arkansas St
Expert Picks
Marshall 37.50%
Arkansas St 62.50%
96 Bets
3:00pmW Michigan vs Northwestern (B10)
Expert Picks
W Michigan 14.29%
Northwestern 85.71%
168 Bets
3:30pmUCLA vs Kentucky (CBS)
Expert Picks
Kentucky 96.49%
UCLA 3.51%
684 Bets
4:00pmOakland vs Pittsburgh
Expert Picks
Pittsburgh 100.00%
Oakland 0.00%
324 Bets
4:00pmDetroit U vs Rhode Island
Expert Picks
Rhode Island 90.00%
Detroit U 10.00%
120 Bets
4:00pmUC Davis vs Air Force
Expert Picks
Air Force 55.56%
UC Davis 44.44%
108 Bets
4:00pmDavidson vs Coll Charleston
Expert Picks
Davidson 100.00%
Coll Charleston 0.00%
108 Bets
5:00pmNortheastern vs Santa Clara
Expert Picks
Northeastern 0.00%
Santa Clara 100.00%
12 Bets
5:00pmWake Forest vs Florida (FSN)
Expert Picks
Wake Forest 4.00%
Florida 96.00%
300 Bets
5:00pmIowa St vs Drake
Expert Picks
Iowa St 83.33%
Drake 16.67%
72 Bets
5:15pmPurdue vs Notre Dame (B10)
Expert Picks
Purdue 4.55%
Notre Dame 95.45%
264 Bets
6:00pmXavier vs Auburn (SEC)
Expert Picks
Auburn 0.00%
Xavier 100.00%
204 Bets
7:00pmRichmond vs Pepperdine
Expert Picks
Richmond 0.00%
Pepperdine 100.00%
12 Bets
7:00pmLa Salle vs Towson
Expert Picks
La Salle 100.00%
Towson 0.00%
48 Bets
7:00pmTexas A&M vs Kansas St (ESPNU)
Expert Picks
Texas A&M 0.00%
Kansas St 100.00%
72 Bets
7:00pmHofstra vs Columbia
Expert Picks
Columbia 40.00%
Hofstra 60.00%
60 Bets
7:30pmN Iowa vs Iowa (B10)
Expert Picks
Iowa 55.56%
N Iowa 44.44%
108 Bets
3:00pmEastern Michigan vs Missouri St
Expert Picks
Eastern Michigan 75.00%
Missouri St 25.00%
96 Bets
8:00pmTexas San Antonio vs TCU
Expert Picks
TCU 100.00%
Texas San Antonio 0.00%
252 Bets
8:00pmLong Beach St vs Texas
Expert Picks
Texas 100.00%
Long Beach St 0.00%
288 Bets
9:00pmWashington U vs Oklahoma
Expert Picks
Washington U 18.75%
Oklahoma 81.25%
192 Bets
9:30pmW Virginia vs NC State
Expert Picks
NC State 12.50%
W Virginia 87.50%
96 Bets
10:00pmCal Poly Slo vs Gonzaga
Expert Picks
Cal Poly Slo 16.67%
Gonzaga 83.33%
72 Bets
10:00pmBall St vs San Diego St
Expert Picks
Ball St 0.00%
San Diego St 100.00%
24 Bets
10:00pmFresno St vs Pacific
Expert Picks
Fresno St 25.00%
Pacific 75.00%
48 Bets
11:00pmStanford vs BYU
Expert Picks
Stanford 50.00%
BYU 50.00%
24 Bets
11:30pmUtah U vs UNLV
Expert Picks
UNLV 0.00%
Utah U 100.00%
48 Bets
10:00pmS Dakota St vs Utah St
Expert Picks
Utah St 50.00%
S Dakota St 50.00%
24 Bets
1:30pmBelmont vs Fairfield
Expert Picks
Belmont 100.00%
Fairfield 0.00%
408 Bets
2:00pmE Illinois vs Indiana St
Expert Picks
E Illinois 0.00%
Indiana St 100.00%
168 Bets
2:00pmElon vs NC Greensboro
Expert Picks
Elon 77.78%
NC Greensboro 22.22%
108 Bets
3:00pmOral Roberts vs Memphis U
Expert Picks
Memphis U 85.71%
Oral Roberts 14.29%
252 Bets
4:00pmIllinois St vs Murray St
Expert Picks
Illinois St 100.00%
Murray St 0.00%
24 Bets
7:00pmValparaiso vs IPFW
Expert Picks
IPFW 0.00%
Valparaiso 100.00%
96 Bets
7:00pmIona vs George Mason
Expert Picks
George Mason 0.00%
Iona 100.00%
24 Bets
7:00pmSt Josephs vs Marist
Expert Picks
Marist 16.67%
St Josephs 83.33%
72 Bets
7:30pmWisc Milwaukee vs SIU Edwardsville
Expert Picks
Wisc Milwaukee 100.00%
SIU Edwardsville 0.00%
60 Bets
8:30pmSE Missouri St. vs Arkansas
Expert Picks
SE Missouri St. 40.00%
Arkansas 60.00%
60 Bets
9:00pmJacksonville St vs N Colorado
Expert Picks
Jacksonville St 0.00%
N Colorado 100.00%
24 Bets
10:00pmMontana St vs Portland U
Expert Picks
Montana St 0.00%
Portland U 100.00%
132 Bets








In the NFL, using public betting percentages can tell you a whole heck of a lot about a game, and seemingly more often than not, if you’re on the right side of those plays, you’re going to be a winner. In college football, the game is a little bit different, and using college football betting percentages is a much trickier game.

The reason that there is so much trickery in using the college football public betting percentages is because far too often, bettors just assume that a team that has so much betting action on it must end up being the better side to wager on. Often times that does end up being true in spite of the fact that it is contrary to the thoughts of conventional wagering which suggests that you want to be going against the public. However, line movement is the key item that you really have to look at.

The oddsmakers can’t possibly put as much time into handicapping out their college football odds as they do their NFL odds. The simple reason is that it comes down to quantities. There are 32 NFL teams, and on a week where no one is on bye, there are only 16 games to line. In college football, there are 126 teams at the FBS level as of 2014, and there could be 70 games per week to handicap, including the games between FBS and FCS teams. On top of that, oddsmakers have also been releasing betting lines for FCS vs. FCS games too, and that adds another several dozens of games to try to handicap on a weekly basis.

However, assuming we’re just sticking with the FBS vs. FBS games, college football public betting percentages don’t tell the whole story. The Florida State Seminoles, who won the National Championship in 2013, have become a popular team to bet against in 2014. They were -23.5 at one point against the NC State Wolfpack in the middle of the season, but by the time the game kicked off, that line was down to -16.5.

Just using the college football betting percentages, you’d see that around 60 percent of the betting action was on NC State, and one would assume right away that the Wolfpack were sharp. In this case, you’d be right. In fact, even if that number was up in the 70 percent range, we would still think that the oddsmakers just got that line wrong and all of the betting action, both sharp and square, was on the right side with NC State.

However, you have to stay true to looking at both the college football public betting percentages and the line movement. Had that FSU/NC State line not moved a full touchdown, the Seminoles would have been sharp, as the line would have not moved, and yet only 40 percent of the action would have been on the garnet and gold. You’ll often see this where unranked teams are favored over ranked teams or where perceived better teams are only short favorites on the road over perceived worse teams. Often times, you’ll see that the perceived better team is getting 70 percent of the betting action, yet the line isn’t going anywhere. That’s how you know that the perceived lesser team is one that is sharp, and then, you’ve mastered the art of using college football public betting percentages.


Trev Rogers

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CEO of BetVega.com
Trev Rogers founded BetVega in 2004 and has grown the site into one of the largest sports information and handicapping web sites on the internet today. Trev and his team of writers covers the latest news in the world of sports, specializing in the NFL, NBA, MLB baseball, college football and college basketball. BetVega employs sports writers and handicappers that specialize in different sports, ensuring that our articles are well-written and offer a unique take on the betting odds for these events. Follow Trev on Twitter and Google+ . You can also see Trev Rogers Picks here on BetVega.com.
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Trev Rogers founded BetVega in 2004 and has grown the site into one of the largest sports information and handicapping web sites on the internet today. Trev and his team of writers covers the latest news in the world of sports, specializing in the NFL, NBA, MLB baseball, college football and college basketball. BetVega employs sports writers and handicappers that specialize in different sports, ensuring that our articles are well-written and offer a unique take on the betting odds for these events. Follow Trev on Twitter and Google+ . You can also see Trev Rogers Picks here on BetVega.com.
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