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Early 2022 College Football Season Betting Guide

By Hank Blaine

The 2022 College Football Season doesn’t kick off until August 27. But just because the season doesn’t kick off until then, it doesn’t mean we should rest on our laurels. It’s best to prepare for the new season as soon as possible. Check out four things to consider for early season college football betting success.

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Consider backing teams with a home field edge

Teams with home field advantage always have an edge. Home field means a lot in college ball. It means more in NCAAF contests than it does in NFL games. When a team is at home and is the underdog, more often than not in the early weeks, the team covers the spread.

Purdue is a +3.5 dog in their first game at home against Penn State. The Boilermakers could be an excellent moneyline play. Circle games like Purdue versus Penn State. Handicap games like Boilermakers – Nittany Lions to see if the home dog is worth backing the moneyline.

Give teams with experienced offensive lines an edge to cover

Teams with experienced offensive lines cover more than inexperienced lines. Ohio State will start two seniors on the right side of the line, a sophomore center, a freshman left guard, and a junior left tackle.

Alabama will start a senior transfer at left tackle, a junior at left guard, a sophomore center, a senior right guard, and a sophomore right tackle. Georgia will start sophomores at left tackle, left guard, and center, a senior right guard, and a junior right tackle.

All three teams appear to have enough experience to cover games. If lines are fair, always remember that we want to back overlay spread lines, the Buckeyes, Bulldogs, and Crimson Tide figure to cover in their first month games.

Beware backing Power 5 Conference teams with new head coaches

New head coaches have a tendency to require at least a few games to get everybody on the same page.

Notre Dame’s new head coach, Marcus Freeman, was the Fighting Irish’s defensive coordinator. The players know Freeman’s philosophy and system, at least they do on the defensive side. So we should expect Notre Dame to play well right away. But LSU, Miami, and Oregon may not. Oregon wanted Mario Cristobal to sign an extension. Cristobal decided to go to Miami.

Cristobal may not get the Hurricanes playing the way he wants until after Miami’s fourth matchup. Dan Lanning at Oregon will take three to four games to get the Ducks on the same page and LSU coach Brian Kelly may also have to take time for the Tigers to play the way he wants. It doesn’t mean the Ducks, Hurricanes, and Tigers lose. But all three could find it difficult to cover spreads.

Don’t forget that neutral field doesn’t always mean neutral field

In their first game, LSU plays Florida State on a neutral field. The game takes place in New Orleans. So although a neutral field, LSU is home for their game versus the Seminoles. Week 1, Georgia Tech plays Clemson on a neutral field. Just like LSU, the Yellow Jackets don’t play on their field, but they do play in Atlanta, where their stadium is located. So G-Tech takes on Clemson at home.

Neutral doesn’t always mean neutral. LSU and Georgia Tech have an edge because even though they play on a neutral field, they’re playing in their home state. In Georgia Tech’s case, they’re playing a couple of miles away from their field.

So when you handicap games where you see neutral field listed as the venue, don’t be fooled. The Texas Longhorns playing at AT&T Stadium near Dallas instead of in Austin gives the Horns an edge even though the Longhorns are playing on a neutral field.

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