There are going to be two early NCAA football matchups that have been heavily touted. Oregon at Stanford and Oklahoma at Baylor. The lines at the Bitcoin sportsbook I use most frequently now1 lists the following action on those games.
What this means for betting on American football is that often money on betting lines disproportionately favors one team over the other when they in reality seem rather evenly matched. Oregon is definitely a national team and Baylor, once they started winning under RGIII, has for the moment the characteristics of a national team.2 A person simply has to remember that a sports betting line though is rather than being an actual odds of winning a reflection of how bet money on the outcome was allocated.
Thusly I was able to place two bets and if either game ends in an upset I make some money. If both games end in upsets I make quite a bit of money. If the favorites win both games I am out a bit of money. Expecting to win money is a poor reason to bet sports though. I'm betting because Thursday night television is shit and putting some skin in the game makes this shit almost interesting enough to watch.
National teams aren't necessarily fixed. Alabama perennially has these characteristics, but Boise State is an example of a team that for a while had characteristics of a national team and then faded. ↩