# How Does a Spread Work in Football Betting?

You’ve probably heard of a spread game or a game where the oddsmaker sets the point spreads. Well, this kind of game is also known as a parlay race or a pick ‘n’ mix. Basically, you’re picking teams to win before the game even starts, and then once the teams are lined up you’re mixing and matching games to create one big winning bet.

## What Are The Odds In A Spread Game?

To begin, we’ll discuss the odds in general for a spread game. Basically, the odds are against you in a spread game because the house always wins. This means you’ll always lose money unless you beat the spread. Let’s look at some general odds for a spread game before we proceed.

## The Money Line

The money line odds are also known as the goal line odds. The house always wins the money line, so to speak, as the banker always gets paid. When you see the words ‘goal’ or ‘match’ in reference to a sports event, you’re usually looking at the money line. For example, if a football team is playing against the spread, but they’re favored by 3 points, the money line would be +3 (for the home team). On the flip side, if the underdog is favored by 3 points, the money line would be –3 (against the spread).

## The Total Points For

Another way of looking at the odds in a football bet is to consider the total points for the game. Essentially, this is the total number of points that will be scored by both teams combined. For example, if a team is playing against the spread and they’re currently favored by 3 points, the total points for the game would be 12. This could be any number of points, but a safe bet would be 2 points or more.

## Which Is Better, Even Or Oudh Or Doguatcts?

Here’s a tough one. You’re probably wondering which is better, even odds or odd odds? Even odds are when the same number of bets are placed on both sides of the bet, with the exact amount of payouts based on what the booksies say will happen in the game. For example, if a football team is playing against the spread and the line moves in favor of the home team, you’d have an even bet. If the point spread moves in favor of the visiting team, you’d have an odd bet. Even and odd always refer to the amount of wagers placed on each side of the bet.

The point spread, as we’ve discussed, is the amount by which the visiting team is favored over the home team. The point spread can be expressed in the form of +X or –X. For example, when you see +3 in reference to a point spread, this means that the team that’s been given 3 points is favored over the other team. When you see a minus sign in front of a point spread, this indicates that the team that’s been given that amount of points is handicapped (in this case, they’re favored over the other team).

## The Over Under

The over under is used a lot in sports to determine the total combined score of two teams. This is also known as the ultimate over/under or simply the over under. Essentially, the over under is set by adding up the points of one team and then subtracting the points of the other. For example, if a football team is playing against the spread and they’re currently favored by 3 points, the over under for that game would be 6. This means that if the game ends up being a tie, you’d have won your bet. If the game ends up being a home win, you’d have covered your wager. The over under is always expressed as an even number followed by an over or under suffix.

## When Do You Have To Bet On Football?

The answer to this is actually pretty easy. You need to bet on football whenever one of the following happens:

• There’s more than one game going on between the same two teams (this is how parlay and pick ‘n’ mix games work).
• One team is playing against the spread and the other isn’t (this is how you’d bet on the total points for the game).
• One team is playing at a neutral site (most notably, in the case of the Super Bowl).
• There’s more than one week until the next game (this is how you can get odds for a game that’s still upcoming).
• The line moves in favor of the underdog (this is how you’d handicap a game).
• You want to take a chance on a game that’s currently being held by the favorites (this is how you’d place a ‘dog’ in reference to the NFL).
• The total combined score of one team is more than 10 points higher than that of the other (this is how you’d place a ‘long shot’ in reference to a game involving college teams).

These are just some of the most common situations where you’d want to bet on football. Don’t worry – there’s more than one way to make money betting on sports, and this article isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list. You just have to know where to look.