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Bet on the NFL at Bovada

Published on August 7, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

If you are looking for the best place to put bets down on NFL or College Football games, you should check out The NFL preseason has already started with the Hall of Fame game last week and the NCAA Football games are less than a month away.

Now I realize that betting on Preseason football games automatically means that you are a degenerate gambler; but you should at least get prepared for the busiest time of the sports betting year. Sure, some people bet on baseball games. However, this is a dedicated and small group of people. There are far more people playing fantasy baseball than betting on the games these days.

The football seasons are more popular for a couple of reasons:

1) There aren’t 162 games for each team and you only need to bet during the weekends when a lot of people are free to watch the games that they are betting on.

2) Intricate player statistics and pitching match-ups don’t factor nearly as much, so you don’t need to be an absolute expert to win money.

3) Football is America’s game now. It has been for the past 20 years since baseball went on strike. More people watching the games means more action; and more action means that the lines won’t be swayed as heavily by a few big bettors.

What bets can I make when placing wagers on Football?


This time of year is a perfect time to place bets on the Football Futures section of Bovada’s website. The two most popular by far are the “Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII” and the “Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship.” The other wagers in this section are to bet on which team will win a particular division in the NFL or conference in the NCAA.

The one thing that you must realize about a “Futures Bet” is that your money will be tied up until the wager is officially resolved. If you are betting on which team will win the Superbowl, you can lose your bet before the game takes place in Feb 2014; but you cannot win the bet until the Superbowl is finished. Likewise with the NCAA Championship Game.

One of the reasons why you would want to place a bet on the team you think will win now is that the odds will change throughout the season based upon how that particular team has played.

Let’s say you want to place a bet on the Washington Redskins because you think that RGIII will have a breakout year. You can place a $100 bet on them right now at 33 to 1 odds and possibly win $3,300 if they win the Superbowl. However, if the Redskins start off 5-0 to begin the season, the odds will drop down to between 10 to 1 or 15 to 1 and your possible winnings will be halved.

Currently, the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers are the two favorites to make it to the Superbowl at 6 to 1 odds. Unless you are a big fan of one of those two teams, I would avoid these bets because they don’t pay off well. Likewise, Alabama and Ohio State are the two favorites to win the National Championship at 5 to 2 and 6 to 1 respectively. Neither of those pay off well enough to merit a wager either.

Other Football Wagers

Of course, the Futures aren’t the only bets that you can make. Each and every NFL and NCAA Division 1 game will offer a Spread, Moneyline and Totals betting. You can go here or here to find out more about these types of bets if you are new to sports betting.

In addition to those basic types of wagers, Bovada also offers In Play betting. This is a type of wager where you can place a bet after the game has already started. Of course, the spread, moneyline and totals will change to reflect the current score of the game.

If you play fantasy football, you may be interested in hedging your bets or rooting for your guy by placing a Player Prop bet. The prop bet is a proposition where you are betting that a quarterback will throw for 300+ yards or a running back or wide receive will run or catch for 100+ yards. These are just a few of the dozens of prop bets that you can make on either an individual player or the team.

In case you are a gambling junkie and the NFL and NCAA aren’t enough for you, Bovada also offers betting lines on the CFL (Canadian Football League), AFL (Arena Football League), or the UFL (United Football League). I have often wondered what the totals would be for an AFL game. It would probably look more like an NCAA basketball line with the Over/Under being in the 120’s.

If any of this interests you, check out and you can find out more about all of the betting options that they have to offer. They also offer betting in most major sports like Basketball, Hockey, MMA, Soccer, Tennis, Golf and much more.

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