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Point Spreads And What They Mean

Mar 19, 2008
All sports that people bet on have a point spread or line associated with them.

People who are new to betting and college football spreads may not necessarily know what these numbers mean. Point spreads are interesting because many sports analysts will talk about these point spreads on television, although there are limited areas in the US where you are allowed to gamble.

If you want to add a little spice to your understanding of the game and to your betting enjoyment then a good understanding of point spreads will certainly help.

Understanding college football spreads means that you have to understand sports betting in general. All sports have a point spread or line associated with them. These are determined on a game-by-game basis between the two teams that are playing each other.

Let me give you an example, if the University of Oklahoma is playing the University of Texas then there will be a point spread associated with that game.

The two teams are rarely exactly matched in skill, so you are going to find that one will have a better chance of winning the game. In college football spreads this can be a very large number depending on who the two teams are.

In a game between UT and OU, then the point spread will not be a large number because the 2 teams are comparable in skills and experience.

It is usually pretty clear that one team is going to be better than the other, that is why we have point spreads if it was just a matter of betting on a game on the better team then on average 50% of bettors would win. The point spread changes the odds and means that a team has to win by a certain amount of points.

For example, if OU is favored by 7 over UT, then they will have to win by 8. If they win by 7 then it is considered a push. You would neither win nor lose your money if they won by 7.
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