# How does the point spread work in college football?

## How does the point spread work in college football?

A point spread is a bet on the margin of victory in a game. The stronger team or player will be favored by a certain number of points, depending on the perceived gap in ability between the two teams. A minus sign (-) means that team is the favorite. A plus sign (+) means that team is the underdog.

### What does +3 spread mean in football?

In a spread bet, the odds are usually set at -110 on both sides, depending on the sportsbook and state. That means whether you bet the Colts -3 or Texans +3, you’ll win the same amount of money if you win the bet.

#### What does +1.5 spread mean in betting?

Betting odds and lines from a sportsbook can be confusing at first, but they aren’t that hard to understand. In order to help you understand betting odds, we will use +1.5 as an example. When you see a +1.5 in front of a team’s name, that means that they are 1.5-point underdogs in that matchup.

What does +7 mean in betting spread?

If the spread is seven points for a game, it means the underdog is getting seven points, noted as +7 on the odds. A team posted at -7 is the favorite and is laying seven points.

What if point spread is a tie?

Yes, ties can happen when point spread betting. If the point spread is an even number and the difference in the competition’s result falls directly on that number such that the teams are then evenly scored, it is a tie. In the case of a push, all bets are returned to the bettor.

## What does a 5 point spread mean?

For example, if a spread is (-7.5) points, your team needs to win by eight or more. If you bet on an underdog, they can lose by fewer than the assigned spread or win outright for you to win. For example, if a spread is (+5.5) points, your team can lose by 5 or fewer or win outright.

### What does over 2.5 mean in football betting?

Over 2.5 Goals Betting Market The over 2.5 goals market means that you are betting that the total number of goals scored during the match plus stoppage time will be over 2.5. You will win only if there are three or more goals during the game. You will win if the number of total goals is three or above.

#### What does minus 3.5 mean in betting?

This appears as Vikings (-3.5). The Vikings need to win by 4 or more points to cover the spread. Likewise, the Bears are 3.5 point underdogs. This appears as Bears (+3.5). That means the Bears would need to win the game outright or not lose the contest by 4 points or more.

How do you win a point spread?

In order for a point spread bet to be declared a winner, the side wagered on must “cover” the point spread. The favorite, which is the side with the minus number as the point spread, must win by more than the point spread dictates.