Betting Football Over/Unders Can Be a Snap

We have stated many times that the single most overrated statistic when it comes to picking spread winners is straight up won-loss record. So what it the most underrated? That’s a lot tougher inquiry because there are many. But when it comes specifically to picking winners on football totals, offensive snaps per game would top the list.

Our Golden Rule of handicapping totals in football and basketball is that it is much more about pace than offensive or defensive competence. By no means whatsoever does this mean one should blindly bet high snaps over or low snaps under.default

Baylor for example is well established as a high-powered team, so it is tough to get value betting the over. But a well-researched handicapper knows finding a disconnect between the likely number of plays and the posted total is a big edge in sports betting links

Entering games of October 2, here the top five teams in terms of offensive snaps. Over-under record listed in parenthesis with overs listed first.

  1. Western Kentucky 92.2 (3-1)
  2. Baylor 90.7 (3-1)
  3. Bowling Green 90.5 (4-1)
  4. Colorado 90  (2-3)
  5. Tulsa 89.8 (4-0)

Do not expect many fireworks with the following teams. Here are the squads with the fewest number of offensive plays.

  1. Vanderbilt 57.8 (2-3)
  2. South Florida 59.2 (2-3)
  3. Eastern Michigan 60.7 (2-1)
  4. Central Michigan 61.8 (2-3)
  5. Florida Atlantic 62.2 (3-2)

Of course we have warned about using inductive reasoning in sports handicapping. Yes the fact that only three of the five slower paced teams are “under” teams is a mild surprise at 12 under to 11 overs. The most up-tempo squads have gone over at a sweet 16-6 rate.

The disclaimer about inductive reasoning acknowledged, there is little debate knowing the pace of each team is the number one foreteller in making handicapping a “snap.”

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About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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