# Can you bet on football with an Excel spreadsheet?

Excel spreadsheets in sports betting win two out of every three football games in the NFL. Picking straight winners yields a larger percentage than point spread betting ATS. When identifying straight winners, the winning rate is better than when applying point spread betting ATS. There are several reasons why this happens: first, there are more total points in a football game than in other sports; second, the average score is close to zero in both cases so it has little impact on who will win; and third, the number of minutes in a football game is very long which allows for many changes in momentum during the course of the game.

In general, people think that math is boring and difficult to understand. This is not true at all! In fact, math is one of the most interesting subjects there is because everything around us can be explained by using numbers and mathematical formulas.

For example, when someone says that football is a team sport because there are 11 players on the field at any given time, they mean that different people on the field make the team work together to achieve success. The key element here is "make the team work together". If one person tries to do too much alone, then he or she will fail. But if everyone works together, then no single player can stop the team from winning games. This is how sports like football, basketball, and baseball work.

## What are the key numbers for NFL point spreads?

There are key numbers for NFL totals, although they are less common than key numbers for point spreads. According to the Wizard of Odds' study, final score totals fall on a range of figures. Some crucial numbers to watch for when betting on totals are 43, 44, 41, and 37. These are the number of points scored by the favorite in each case.

Totals of 43 or more usually indicate a good bet while totals of 37 or less are worth checking out from time to time. Sometimes a team will be so sure they're going to win that they'll go over 40 even if the line is against them. If you see a total this high, check to make sure your team can cover the point spread before you hit the wager.

In other cases, a team might need some help to reach the maximum point total. This is where a goal line stand or two would come in handy. A game-winning touchdown with just seconds left on the clock is called a "game-ending drive." The ball is placed at the one yard line and whoever has the better chance of scoring wins!

These are the most common key numbers for totals. There are others, but they tend to show up more on college football games. Totals won't change every time you look at them, so if you see something interesting, check back later.

## How accurate are NFL spreads?

Nonetheless, according to Spreadapedia, since 2002, approximately 60% of NFL games have been decided by more than seven points of the spread. More than 28 percent of NFL games decided by more than 14 scores during the previous ten seasons. Furthermore, just 5.5 percent of games ended exactly on the final point spread.

In other words, most NFL games feature close finishes, and there's a good chance that no matter who you pick as your winner, someone will come out on top.

The point spread is used to determine how much money will be taken at the door. The house always takes a percentage of the spread, which means if the line is 3 points one way or another, the bookmaker must take a charge of \$10,000 to make his money back. If the game ends in a tie, they'll call it a push. But even with those exceptions, the point spread is very effective at determining who will win most games.

Here's how: Say team A is favored by 7 points over team B. That means B is -7 against team A. In other words, if B wins the toss, they should go for it on fourth down because they'll get better odds of winning if they're on offense instead of defense.

If B chooses not to kick, team A will get the ball first in overtime.

## What is a full-game spread bet?

The most common type of sports betting is point spread betting. A game's favorite is denoted by a negative (-) sign next to the point spread. The worst of the teams in the game is referred to as the underdog. The bettor wins if this team wins outright or loses by a margin less than the point spread. If they lose, the bettor keeps their money.

Some bookmakers will also offer full-game spreads. These are identical to standard spread bets except that the total points scored by both sides are included in the wager. For example, if a football game has an average point score of 40/20, a bet on that game would be considered a half-point spread (\$100 stake). But if the game has an average point score of 45/25, then it's a three-quarter point spread (\$150 stake). Full-game spreads are useful for games with no clear-cut favorite or loser. In that case, books use statistics to determine who they think will win.

For example, if you picked Nebraska to beat Ohio State and the lines moved accordingly, you'd expect one of these teams to cover the point spread. However, neither team was particularly good last season (Nebraska ranked 70th, while OSU ranked 94th), so there's a good chance that won't happen. If that game had been played after week 9, then it would have been a half-point spread because then statistical models would have predicted which team would win.

## Do you want to bet on both sides of a football game?

A solid point spread should entice gamblers from both sides of the game. While sportsbooks do not always want equal money on both sides, they also do not want all of the money on one side for every football game. When there is a major difference in payouts, that means either the favored team has an extreme advantage or the underdog has a chance at winning.

It's important to remember that gambling on sports is a business first and a love second. The companies that control the majority of sports betting have no interest in making sure games are played fairly by either team. They will take all of the money placed on one side of the equation no matter what and hope to profit even more by taking advantage of any weak links in the system. For example, if many teams are using home field advantage to play in their own stadium then odds makers would likely raise the price of those games to reflect this new information.

In the end, gambling on sports is a double-edged sword. It can be fun and exciting when your team wins but it can also be frustrating and depressing when your favorite player(s) lose. Just make sure you know who controls the sports books and find some way to hedge your bets if you want to keep your emotions in check.

## How much can you bet at a sportsbook?

Limits differ greatly from sport to sport and from bet type to wager type. And even from one day to the next. On Monday, a bookmaker may accept a maximum wager of \$2,500 on an NFL game. However, if more bettors weigh in and the betting market becomes more liquid by Friday, they may boost it to \$50,000. These are just examples; limits change daily based on demand.

The maximum bet amount that a bookmaker is willing to take on a single event is called the limit. Most events have a limit higher than what you'll find at most bookies, because they want to encourage gamblers to cross-shop across books. If you ask ten people who follow football how much they think Joe Football's favorite team will win, you're likely to get eleven different answers. By setting a limit, books make sure there's enough action in any given game to be worth their while. They also protect themselves against losses - if no one bets anything on a game, then nobody gets hurt if the games don't finish as expected.

In general, the higher the limit, the more competitive the bookmaking industry will be. Higher limits mean that books can afford to take on more risk, which means better odds for consumers. It also means bigger profits when your team wins!

But the highest limit set by a book isn't always the best choice for everyone.

##### John Compton

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