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
Teaser of the Week
$110 to win $100
Iowa PK vs. Maryland (from -10)
Kentucky -1.5 vs. Vanderbilt (from -11.5)
Missouri +1/2 vs. Memphis (from -9.5)
Kirk Ferentz is one of the best talent developers in the country, and he has another quality Iowa team this year. The Hawkeyes are 5-1, and their lone loss came against Wisconsin in a game they arguably should have won. All five of Iowa’s wins have been by double digits, and they should win comfortably against Maryland on Saturday.
Kentucky had a bye week after an overtime loss at Texas A&M, so they had some extra time to prepare for the Commodores and get past the first loss of the season. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt is coming off of a tough home loss against Florida. The Commodores led 21-3, but eventually lost 37-27. Vandy’s best chance at a breakthrough in conference play is next week when it travels to Arkansas.
Despite a 39-10 loss to Alabama, Missouri actually showed some promising signs on defense. The Tigers have been competitive in losses to Georgia and Alabama, and they’re returning home to face a Memphis team that is struggling defensively. Missouri’s offense is looking for a spark, and they’ll find it on Saturday against Memphis. Drew Lock should have a big day as his Tigers get back on track.