4 Ways to Make Money Betting on College Football Underdogs

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 1, 2019 in

Everyone loves an underdog story! With college football over/under win total bets having been set, we can now see what teams will be considered as “underdogs” for the 2019 season. Bettors love to find teams that they think will surpass the win totals set by the Vegas oddsmakers to win some easy money. Let’s take a look at four of this year’s “underdog” teams that should surpass the win totals set by the oddsmakers.

4 Ways to Make Money Betting on College Football Underdogs

Illinois Fighting Illini: Over/Under 3 Wins

The Fighting Illini haven’t had a winning season since 2011. Lovie Smith enters his fourth year in Champaign looking to finally turn the corner and make the Illini relevant again. Coming off of a four-win season, the Illini are looking to improve on that number and ultimately play in a bowl game. The Illini offense showed flashes last season.

The biggest question mark will be who will start at quarterback? Right now it looks like Isaiah “Juice” Williams, an elusive runner with a big arm, will be under center for the Illini. With a solid running back, and an offensive line returning four starters, the Illini offense looks to be in good shape. The defense was awful last year. Smith will now also serve as the defensive coordinator to try to right the ship.

The Illini’s defensive line should be a strength, and between transfers and new recruits, Illinois has made improvements to its largest weakness. The schedule is set up for the Illini to win some early games. They have Akron, Eastern Michigan, and UConn as their non-conference opponents. Rutgers and Minnesota are winnable games on their Big 10 schedule. With the weakness of their non-conference schedule and the Illini having a good shot of defeating Rutgers, we’re going with the OVER here!

Syracuse Orange: Over/Under 5 Wins

This team was just a few plays away from upsetting Clemson last season. Coach Dino Babers has resurrected the Syracuse program, leading them to 10 wins last season. With the huge loss of Quarterback Eric Dungey, oddsmakers seem to be down on Syracuse. Offensively, Tommy DeVito will take over. He’s more of a traditional passer than Dungey was, so changes will be made to the offense.

With a strong running game and a very strong group of receivers, DeVito should have a large arsenal of weapons. If the offensive line can patch up some holes, the Orange offense should be a good unit.  The defensive unit is very experienced upfront and in the secondary. The biggest question mark will be in the middle, as the linebackers are very inexperienced. If Syracuse can find some linebackers to step up, this should be a formidable unit.

The ACC isn’t a very strong conference. With non-conference games against Maryland, Liberty, Western Michigan, and Holy Cross, and some winnable ACC games, the Orange should easily surpass the 5 win mark and make someone some easy money.

Missouri Tigers: Over/Under 6.5 Wins

The Tigers are banned from postseason play in 2019, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be successful. Kelly Bryant, the transfer quarterback from Clemson, will lead a stacked Tiger offense. With a veteran group of receivers, a very good tight end, and a strong running game, Bryant should have all of the tools to succeed.

The defense returns six starters from last year’s With a strong rush defense, and a strong linebacking group, the Missouri defense should be a formidable group. With a weak non-conference schedule and some winnable games in the SEC, we’re looking for good things from the Tigers. The overlooks like a money-winning proposition.

Virginia Cavaliers: Over/Under 6.5 Wins

Coming off of an eight-win season, the Cavaliers are looking for big things this season. With a lot of starters returning, Virginia will look to make some noise in the ACC. With quarterback Bryce Perkins returning, the Cavaliers have a huge weapon. They’ve lost some key linemen from last season, but if they can patch up the offensive line issues, Perkins and his skill guys should be able to put up some points.

The strength of the Cavaliers will be their defense. With a loaded linebacking unit and secondary, the Virginia defense will be tough to score on. If they can fill some of the holes upfront, this unit will be one of the best in the ACC.  With a weak Coastal division schedule, and a non-conference schedule consisting of William and Mary, Old Dominion, and Liberty, we’re looking for the Cavaliers to get at least seven wins and hit the over.