Spreads or point-spreads are the numbers next to the teams. The lying points of the teams are denoted by a negative (-) symbol. The underdog team is gaining points, which is symbolized by the plus (+) sign, which is not shown on the board but is represented by **the following team** on **your betting ticket** or slip. If you have any questions about what these symbols mean, check out our betting terms page.

American football uses **different symbols** than other sports. In college football, there is a spread between two opposing teams' odds. If one team is given 30 points, then its opponent is given **0 points**. A minus sign is used to indicate an underdog while a positive sign is used for an overdog.

In addition to this, there are three types of players on a football field: quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Each type of player is given a number to identify them easily on the field. Quarterbacks are numbered 1 through 9 while running backs and wide receivers are numbered 10 through 17. These numbers do not indicate how many yards each player can run the ball or catch passes; only their position on the field is important for that purpose.

College football uses a complex formula to determine who will receive the ball first during each time out.

When a player is first allocated a number, the numbers used correspond to **their primary position**. For example, if a player is assigned the number 10, then he or she is a left guard. If a player is assigned the number 93, then he or she is a wide receiver.

However, players can change positions during **their career**. A player who starts out as a cornerback but later moves to safety would switch out his or her numbers with those of a player at the other end of the field (for example, from corner **to field** goal kicker). This is why it's important to look at a player's roster spot on your team when determining his or her number.

For example, let's say that player A has been assigned the number 30 and player B has been assigned the number 92. A guards left while B goes right. Now, both A and B are guards and they will be given numbers in the 40s or 50s. They cannot change this fact by switching positions again after they have been assigned numbers.

Players are also allowed to use **their name** as their uniform number. For example, quarterback Troy Davis could choose to wear number 4 because it was the number he wore at Arkansas.

In order of significance, the most common total points scored in college football, and hence the essential numbers for **point total betting**, are: 55, 51, 45, 59, 58, 52, and 41. These scores have all been kicked off by traditionalist teams from **Middle Tennessee State University** and Eastern Michigan University.

Since these totals were first set in the early 1950s, they have been reached many times - the latest being last weekend when Youngstown State beat Central Michigan 56-52 in overtime. This was followed by a game between North Carolina and Virginia that finished in **a 3-3 tie**. The Tar Heels and Heels had **the same point** total (55) racked up by Middle Tennessee and EMU respectively back in the early '50s.

Through all time, there have been more than 100 games with scores between 40 and 49. That's more than half the total number of games played over the past 90 years!

The next highest total scores over this period are: 24, 20, 17, 15, 13, and 11. All but one of these scores (11) came from military schools during World War II. The exception was a game between Fordham and Manhattan played in 1945 which ended in a 9-9 tie. They agreed to play another game the following year which was also a 9-9 tie.

An opponent's opponent rank indicates how well a player's next NFL opponent plays at that position. Low numbers indicate a difficult opponent; high numbers indicate an easier opponent. The Start Percentage displays the number of fantasy leagues in which a player has begun divided by the number of leagues in which he is eligible. This number can be used as a measure of consensus opinion on whether it makes sense to start him or not.

Players are ranked within their positions. For example, if there are 10 quarterbacks in the league, then each quarterback would have a number from 1 to 10. These numbers would be based on who people think will have **the best season** from this group.

There are several ways to determine who your opponents will be in any given week. You can use ESPN's FPI (Football Power Index), which estimates the strength of **every team** in football using multiple factors including game script, coaching change, injury report, etc. ; Automated Fantasy Sports (AFS) picks up where ESPN leaves off and uses computer algorithms to generate **its weekly top 250 players list**; or you can just guess and see what happens. If you want to get fancy, there are statistical methods for determining expected win/loss records too.