Teasers are one of the most popular ways to bet on college football. They are not hard to make and can help you make a losing bet a winning one. In the NFL, teaser bets account for about 1/6 of sportsbooks’ overall handle on any given Sunday. They aren’t as common in college football as they are in the professional ranks, but they are becoming more and more prevalent as college football betting becomes more popular.
What is a teaser?
A teaser is a bet that allows the bettor to move the line in their favor on two or more games. The most common type of teaser is a simple two-team teaser. In a two-team teaser, you can add 6, 6.5, or 7 points to a side or a total to get a more favorable number. Of course, you will end up laying more juice as you add more points to a teaser, so it’s a bit of a give-and-take situation. This is what online sportsbook BetDSI has to say about teasers:
Betting on Football | Football Teaser Wager
This is a wager in which 2 to 7 teams are selected together in one wager with an adjusted point spread. In a teaser you can add points to the sides or mix both sides and totals adding or subtracting to the totals. If one selection loses the teaser is considered a loss.
2 team teaser, 7 points for $100
Green Bay -7, +7 points = the teased line is now “pick”
Denver Broncos +7, +7 points = the teased line is now +14
The payout in a 2 team teaser for 7 points is 10/13. In this case you will lay $130 to win $100.
Different types of teasers and their payouts
When it comes to betting on college football teasers, you can vary the amount of points and teams involved in your wager. Bettors can increase their potential payout by adding teams to a teaser while not grabbing any extra points to help make their bet cash easier. It may be easier to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so let’s again turn to online sportsbook BetDSI for their teaser options:
Football Betting Payoffs
6 pts 6½ pts 7 pts 7½ pts 8 pts 8½ pts 9 pts
2 Teams NCAA -100 -110 -120
2 Teams NFL* -120 -130 -140 -160 -180 -190 -200
3 Teams +155 +135 +120 +105 -105 -115 -120
4 Teams +250 +225 +195 +140 +120 +110 +100
5 Teams +400 +375 +325 +235 +200 +180 +130
6 Teams +550 +500 +475 +325 +280 +230 +180
7 Teams +800 +700 +600 +445 +335 +280 +230
8 Teams +900 +800 +700
9 Teams +1100 +1000 +900
10 Teams +1300 +1200 +1100
*A tie plus a loss, is a loss*
*A tie plus a win is a No Action *
Special Football Teasers
10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13
3 Teams -120 -140 -160 -180 -190 -200 -225
13 13½ 14 14½ 15 15½ 16
4 Teams -160 -180 -200 -225 -250 -275 -300
A tie plus a loss is a LOSS. A tie plus a win is a No Action NO open spots Max 1 totals allowed
(Any loss in a 3 team or 4 team Special Teaser is a loss. Any push and a win is a No Action)
Open spots on teasers
Most sportsbooks allow you to keep an open spot on a teaser if you want to lock in a bet early or if you are waiting for CFB betting odds to be released on a future game. This is advantageous if there is a bet that you really like, and especially so if it crosses some key numbers.
The importance of key numbers
Due to football’s scoring system, there are scoring margins that are more prevalent than others. In particular, a large percentage of games are decided by 3, 4, 7, and 10 points, and that means getting on the right side of those numbers is key.
The gold standard when it comes to making a standard two-team teaser bet is to cross 3, 4, and 7. Shrewd bettors look at the CFB betting lines to see which teams that are favored by anywhere from 7 to 9.5 points or underdogs by 0.5 to 2.5 points in order to maximize the value on their teasers.
Why make a teaser bet?
Teasers can be a profitable endeavor if you are able to lock in key numbers. They move the line further in your favor, and if you can also beat a line move it’s all the better. College football teasers are not as profitable as NFL teasers, but you can find some value in them.
Who bets teasers?
Generally speaking, teasers are made by more experienced bettors. Novice bettors take a while to warm up to the idea of teasers, but eventually they see the value in them. It takes a bit of time and research to determine the appropriate NCAAF betting line to use them with, but they can quickly become a preferred option.
The yin to the teaser’s yang: The pleaser
If you’re a risk taker, or just very confident in a team, you may find the idea of a pleaser alluring. A pleaser is the exact opposite of a teaser. With a pleaser you are giving away points on the CFB betting line to increase your potential payout. Sportsbooks don’t let you add more than six teams together in one of these wagers due to the potential of a big hit. These can be very profitable as well though, particularly in games with narrow spreads but high totals. Take it away BetDSI:
Betting on Football | Football Pleaser Wager
This is a wager in which 2 to 6 teams are selected together in one wager with an adjusted six point spread in favor of the house. In a pleaser you subtract points from the sides (no totals allowed). If one selection loses the wager is considered a loss.
2 team pleaser 6 pts for $100
Green Bay -7-6 pts = the teased line is now -13
Denver Broncos +7-6 pts = the teased line is now +1
The payout in a 2 team pleaser is 6 to 1. In this case you would lay $100 to win $600.
6 Point Football
2 Teams +600
3 Teams +1700
4 Teams +4500
5 Teams +12000
6 Teams +30000
In a 2 team Pleaser, one winner and a push is a loss Only Sides, NO Totals
College Football Bowl Season Teaser
$110 to win $100
Quick Lane Bowl, Dec. 26: Georgia Tech +4.5 vs. Minnesota (from -5.5)
Camping World Bowl, Dec. 28: Syracuse +11.5 vs. West Virginia (from +1.5)
Gator Bowl, Dec. 31: Texas A&M vs. NC State (from -6.5)
Paul Johnson is retiring after the Yellow Jackets’ bowl game against Minnesota, and he’s leaving the sport after a very successful and underrated coaching career. Johnson is 189-98 in his career, including stops at Georgia Southern and Navy. His flexbone-triple-option offense is difficult to defend, and he won often at every stop in his career. Minnesota is in a bowl game in P.J. Fleck’s second season, but the Golden Gophers are running into the wrong opponent in the bowl game.
Syracuse is searching for its first 10-win season since 1992. Dino Babers has done a remarkable job turning the Orange into a winner, and a victory in the bowl game would be a noteworthy accomplishment. West Virginia will be without quarterback Will Grier, who opted to sit out for the game to prepare for the NFL Draft. The Orange should win this game outright in Orlando.
Jimbo Fisher’s first season in College Station has already been a success. The Aggies beat LSU 74-72 in seven overtimes, and it was the first time they had defeated the Tigers since joining the SEC in 2012. A 9-4 season would be a great start to Fisher’s tenure, and they’re up against a solid NC State team that will be without offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz, who took the head coaching job at Appalachian State.