NCAAF Picks – Our Expert College Football Picks

Our seasoned handicappers provide high-quality college football picks throughout the season. You will find predictions and insight on all the biggest games taking place in the Power Five conferences on this page.

Our picks can give you a vital edge when betting on NCAAF games. We have also provided our top futures picks and highlighted the best college football betting sites in the business.

The Latest College Football Picks Today

This section is updated each week with our best college football betting picks. Bookmark this page and return to this section regularly to gain an edge on your fellow bettors.

2022 College Football National Championship Favorites

Alabama has won the College Football Playoff National Championship four times in the past decade. It lost to Georgia in last season’s CFP National Championship Game, but it is the favorite to make amends this time around.

Team BetOnline Xbet MyBookie BetUS Bovada Sportsbetting.ag
Alabama +4000 +177 +177 +10000 +20000 +4000
Ohio State +250 +275 +275 +250 +250 +250
Georgia -140 +164 +164 -140 -140 -140
Clemson +2000 +1125 +1125 +2000 +2000 +2000
USC +2500 +1125 +1125 +2500 +2500 +2500
Texas A&M +10000 +9500 +9500 +12500 +40000 +10000
Notre Dame +5000 +36000 +36000 +50000 +40000 +5000
Michigan +1000 +1900 +1900 +1000 +1000 +1000
Oklahoma +7500 +9000 +9000 +10000 +100000 +7500
Texas +6600 +9000 +9000 +25000 +15000 +6600

The Sport Daily’s College Football Expert Tips & Predictions

The usual suspects dominate the futures betting for this season’s CFP National Championship Game. However, there are some intriguing long shots in contention too. Read on for our futures NCAAF picks.

National Championship Winner

Alabama deserves its status as the clear favorite to win the National Championship. It has been the strongest program in the business over the past decade, and it reached the national title game last season. Key players are returning, including the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Bryce Young, and the depth chart has improved considerably in the transfer portal.

However, odds of just +200 do not look particularly appealing. There is a lot more value to be had in betting on Ohio State at +400. The Buckeyes’ offense looks terrific, led by Heisman favorite C.J. Stroud, All-American running TreVeyon Henderson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the best receiver in college football.

There are question marks over the defense, but coordinator Jim Knowles has rebuilt it this off-season, and it should be stouter in 2022. There are lots of tough veterans returning, including Matthew Jones, Taron Vincent, Jerron Cage, Cam Brown, Josh Proctor, Tanner McCallister, and Noah Ruggles, and this could be the year that OSU goes all the way.

ACC Conference Winner

Clemson’s six-year reign as ACC Conference champion came to an unceremonious end when they failed to reach the championship game last season. However, the Tigers should come roaring back in 2022.

They are unlikely to win the National Championship following offseason upheaval. Head coach Dabo Swinney lost both top coordinators, pushing unproven coaches into the roles. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has not yet lived up to his reputation either, so there are question marks over this team, but they should be too strong for the conference rivals.

SEC Conference Winner

The Alabama Crimson Tide will aim for a third consecutive SEC Conference Championship in 2022. They head into the new season as red-hot favorites for the National Championship, and they are priced at just -125 to win the SEC.

AU lost a lot of big players in the NFL Draft, but reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is back. He will need to shoulder a lot of responsibility in the absence of Jameson Williams and John Metchie, but he looks up to the task. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs looks like an exciting talent.

Linebacker Will Anderson Jr. is also returning after he led college football for sacks and TFLs last year. Bama will still be licking its wounds following its CFP National Championship Game, but head coach Nick Saban and the players can use that as fuel for 2022. They should get the better of Georgia and Texas A&M and win the SEC.

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Big Ten Conference Winner

Ohio State is priced at just -250 to win the Big Ten this year. That is a lot of juice, but it is still worth the squeeze, as none of its conference rivals come close to matching the quality that lies within OSU’s ranks.

The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten Championship in four of the last five years, and last season could be viewed as an aberration. They were superb when winning the Rose Bowl, and they look well-placed to return to the ascendancy in the Big Ten.

Big 12 Conference Winner

Most college football picks have declared that the Sooners will justify their status as favorites by winning the Big 12 this year. Their closest contenders appear to be Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and TCU. Very few college football picks have even mentioned the Kansas State Wildcats.

However, KSU looks like a very interesting sleeper bet at +1800 to win the Big 12. All-purpose running back Deuce Vaughn will lead the charge, having racked up 1,872 combined rushing and receiving yards and 22 touchdowns last season. The addition of Adrian Martinez from Nebraska also looks intriguing.

The offense is an unknown quantity, but a very stingy defense is returning. It allowed just 5.4 yards per snap last season, and 18 points per game in its final seven-game stretch. Five starters are returning, including Felix Anudike-Uzomah. If defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman can rebuild the secondary effectively, and if Martinez hits the ground running, KSU could spring a surprise.

Pac-12 Conference Winner

USC is the favorite to win the Pac-12, but Utah is the best team in this conference and it should prevail in 2022. The Utes made a sluggish start last season, but they rallied to end with a 10-4 record to win the Pac-12. They also gave Ohio State a tough battle in the Rose Bowl, despite missing many players.

QB Cameron Rising was on fire towards the end of his sophomore season, and he should maintain his upward curve. Star back Tavion Thomas returns, the revamped defense looks stout, and Utah looks like an interesting long-shot for the College Football Playoff. You will not find it listed in many college football picks, as the Utes are +8000 outsiders, but they could make a mockery of those odds.

What are College Football Picks?

College football picks are predictions on individual games or futures markets, such as the CFP National Championship winner. Professional handicappers deliver college football picks based on a combination of advanced statistical analysis and their own gut instinct.

Most college football picks focus on the point spread. However, you will often find college football picks on the over/under line, and sometimes on the moneyline, while there are occasionally college football picks on props.

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College Football Picks Against the Spread

College football picks against the spread are predictions on which team will cover the point spread in a game. The sportsbooks will determine which team is the favorite and then hand that team a handicap. That creates a point spread, giving the betting sites a chance to offer similar odds on either team covering it.

This is an example of a college football point spread:

  • San Diego State -4.5 (-110)
  • Arizona +4.5 (-110)

College football picks will predict that either San Diego or Arizona will cover. A bet on San Diego would require it to win by 5 or more points. Any bets on Arizona would pay off if the Wildcats won or lost by up to 4 points.

Handicappers will assess the offensive and defensive strengths of both teams before delivering college football picks against the spread. You can check out each team’s ATS (against the spread) record during a season for inspiration.

College Football Picks and Parlays

Parlays combine multiple predictions for a single bet. For example, you might like three teams to cover the spread:

  • Army +3.5 vs. Coastal Carolina (-110)
  • Houston -4.5 vs. UTSA (-110)
  • LSU -2.5 vs. Florida State (-110)

If you have $30, you could bet $10 on each of them. That would give you a $27.27 profit if all three teams covered. Alternatively, you could combine them for a three-leg parlay, which would pay $178.74 if you wagered $30 on it.

The higher profit arises due to the compounding nature of a parlay. The winnings from one leg roll over to the next leg, and so on, resulting in a large payout. However, each leg needs to pay off for the bet to succeed.

College football predictions rarely focus on parlays. However, you can select your favorite college football picks and combine them for a parlay, a teaser or a round robin.

Best College Football Betting Sites

We left no stone unturned in our bid to find the best college football betting sites in the country. Our experts reviewed hundreds of sportsbooks, and they ultimately whittled it down to this list of the best college football sportsbooks:

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Where to Find College Football Expert Picks

You will find college football picks throughout the season at The Sports Daily. However, we understand that you may want a second opinion.

One excellent source for college football picks is the local or regional newspaper site for each team. The reporters are often the first to learn of team news, which is useful. However, they may be a little biased towards their local teams, so keep that in mind.

Some sportsbooks also provide college football picks. For example, if you head to the BetUS TV section, you can watch videos in which handicappers share their college football picks each week.

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How we Make College Football Picks and Predictions

We have been delivering successful college football picks and predictions for several years. These are the key areas we focus on:

Pay Close Attention to Each Conference

We have experts on every conference within our ranks. They boast an in-depth knowledge of the various teams within the conference, and they stay on top of the latest team news.

Our handicappers watch non-stop college football action throughout the season, and they regularly compare notes. They are experts in their field, and this helps them filter through a sea of data to pick out meaningful stats and deliver astute college football picks.

Use Advanced Analytics

It is easy to look at each team’s ATS and straight-up record, its home and away results, and the number of points it scores and allows per game. If you stick to those basic stats, you are not going to gain an edge over the sportsbooks or your fellow bettors.

Football cappers must use advanced analytics to predict how games will unfold. This is easier when it comes to pro football, as there is more continuity, whereas rosters are regularly overhauled in college football for obvious reasons. Yet analytics can play a more prominent role in devising college football picks as the season wears on and key trends emerge.

Look for Valuable Betting Lines

Half the battle is finding the most valuable betting lines. You will often get the best lines when they open, before public sentiment moves them. Valuable lines often appear just before the game begins too, as opportunities to fade the public arise.

If you pay close attention to line movements and discrepancies in the odds at rival sportsbooks, you can spot arbitrage and middling opportunities. Our handicappers quickly seize upon weak lines, and they explain to our readers where the value lies when betting on NCAA football games.

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