It’s finally here. The college football betting season is upon us. I have goosebumps as I type this. Not only because the college football season is the easiest for me to handicap, but because I am a fan of the game.
Usually, I don’t even watch the games I have a financial interest in nor do I read the paper the morning after to see what went right or wrong. College football, for me, is slightly different. There is something incredibly enduring about college students and fans alike getting together in droves to watch the team play. That type of celebration represents everything that is right with the world.
The season officially kicks off Thursday as the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the unranked Marshall Thundering Herd. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. eastern standard time.
For those of you betting this game, there will be some things you should seriously consider before making your final decision and we have to lowdown, right here.
The public perception of the Buckeyes for this game is that Jim Tressel isn’t the type of coach to run up the score of the game. Also, Ohio State’s opener last year was much too close for comfort against a pedestrian Navy football team. There are legions of individuals who don’t think Terrell Pryor should be getting anywhere near the amount of Heisman trophy ‘love’ that he currently garners. Sounds like slight over hype for the Buckeye machine.
Marshall comes into the season with optimism as their new coach, Doc Holliday. Doc Holliday was a former assistant coach at West Virginia and was also an assistant to Urban Meyer at Florida. Marshall is considered a middle of the road Conference USA team with experienced receivers and a spread offense mentality. They have some solid players, and have some decent recruits as a result of their recruiting efforts in the offseason.
From a betting perspective, all of the discussion has hinged on Ohio State and their conservative coach. There hasn’t been much of any discussion on how average this Marshall team is. Let’s face it, this team sucks. They aren’t going to give a top 5 team much of a fight. When the majority of the discussion for the Thundering Herd revolves around the coaching upgrade, with little discussion on the team itself, you know you have something. And sharp bettors do, in this case.
Ohio State returns the majority of their play makers on offense and has arguably the best defense in the nation. In most cases, the defense is ready sooner than the offense. That said, both Ohio State’s offense and defense are head and shoulders above a Marshall squad who will finish in the lower half of their division this year.
On one hand, I agree that Jim Tressel isn’t the type to run the score up out of respect for his opponent. On the other hand, I believe he has enough confidence in his star quarterback to allow him to make plays.
Our selection, and as a free pick to kick off the college football betting season, is Ohio State in the first half. The Buckeyes get at it early, and often. We agree that Tressel may not be interested in scoring 45 points, but this one gets away early.
Take the Ohio State Buckeyes in the First Half.
If you lost that first sport bet with a bad beat read this article from start to finish before considering placing that second sport bet. I am now your voice of reason. No sports betting system in the world will save you from making a rash decision about the next bet you place just to recoup your losses from the game before. Don’t place that next sport bet….at least not this second anyway.
Sure, that beat was inconceivable. It happens. It comes with the sports betting territory. Did you freak out when Research In Motion’s stock price was cut in half? You didn’t, did you? Even though it chopped your 401k up a bit? Well then, chalk it up as one loss and one loss only. There will be even more losses just as there will be more wins–some of those wins you should never have won either. Consider yourself even.
Of all the sports betting systems I have created in my lifetime, the sports betting systems that have worked the best had nothing to do with the actual game and everything to do with how I would react to the result. Yes, there are mathematical systems that are designed to win you 60% of all of the bets you place within that system, but the most important sports betting systems will win more than they lose. I am always baffled by people who can’t seem to come to grips with this fact, but I digress. Take solace in the fact that tomorrow, you will probably come out a winner! Every you place should be met with this frame of mind.
Now, you didn’t think I was going to be THAT harsh on you, did you? There are some of you who can’t resist. I know who you are. Been there, done that. For those of you who are going to chase that loss no matter what I preach, here is a strategy. Take one third of your normal bet size and place it on the team you like in game two. This way, you have action on the game but it won’t destroy you. Do NOT chase like this every night or you will lose every sport bet in the long run.
should not be difficult, but they should be implemented in a manner that protects you from yourself when they need to. Overcome enough of those bad beats and you will come out on top every time. If you are not using a sports betting system and betting blind, well, good luck. You’re gonna need it. For those of you who have taken the initial first step of implementing systems remember–sometimes the most important sport bet is the one you don’t place.
Brendon Zahrndt has seen and done it all in his sports betting career. While every sport bet is important, your approach to the outcome matters more than the itself.