NCAAF futures allow you bet on events that will not be resolved until a specific future date, often the end of the season. The two most popular NCAAF futures markets are the winners of the College Football National Playoff Championship and Heisman Trophy. As per other sports and leagues, NCAAF futures are available to wager on both before and during the season.
Other futures markets available include NCAAF conference winners, as well as simply wagering on whether a team will make the playoffs in their given conference. A lot of these markets have lines that are set well ahead of the season, and this can often be advantageous. Sportsbooks are at their least accurate when they don’t have a lot of information to work with and a new season, where anything can happen, is extremely hard to predict.
The odds in NCAAF futures markets will adjust and change throughout the season, depending on the performances of certain teams and players. This means betting on them ahead of the season can be a solid strategy, as lines can move unfavorably and odds can worsen for bettors quickly.
For example, if a star player were to get injured during the first game of the season, his team’s playoff chances could nosedive from a betting perspective. If you wagered on another team with slightly less skill to win the conference, that injury to a rival player could significantly boost their chances.