One of the most frequently asked questions college football bettors ask is how do you pick winners? Someone long before yours truly came along wished they had come up with that answer. The best answer involves one of the most elementary of aspects in being successful not only in picking college foot games, but in life and at work, know your fundamentals.
What this means is developing as set of statistics that are reliable and can be counted on week after week. Phil Steele of Northcoast Sports uses as many as nine sets of power ratings for his college football annual. When I sat down with the boss, Ken White of Las Vegas Sports Consultants, he showed me books he uses to develop several types of power ratings.
StatFox does much the same, having free power ratings on its college football pages along with having others that are used for statistical analysis for the Foxsheets product.
Most every self-taught handicapper or sports bettor has to have a set of numbers that can help them create an initial snapshot of how a college football contest may turn out. Being able to analyze and create information is the lifeblood of sports wagering success. Renowned professional sports bettor Lem Banker lived a very comfortable life betting sports and was known to have the sharpest numbers around from his own figures.
I delved into numbers a long time ago, starting with magazine still in existence called GamePlan. In there, they had a set of numbers for every college football team (they also had NFL). Before computers, this was strictly manual labor and I started charting these numbers and over the years fine-tuned them to today’s present form.
This activity isn’t for everyone, since it is time consuming and definitely cuts into your social life, however if you are truly interested in winning at sports betting beyond just a hobby, this activity is a must.
Again I will state as I have often before, there is no one way to win betting sports, much like the stock market, it’s a series of factors that allows you to profit, not a singular entity. That’s not saying you can’t by applying just one methodology, you would have to instead narrow focus and be satisfied with fewer plays from lacking additional information, not a bad way to go.