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College box scores key to wagering

By Adam Burke  (VSiN.com) 

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If a college football game is a book, the score is printed on the cover. And we’ve all heard that expression about never judging a book by its cover.

Seasoned bettors and handicappers understand the importance of taking a deep dive into the box score. To fully understand what transpired in a game, don’t look just at the surface-level results and start to make distinctions. That could negatively impact your thoughts for upcoming games.

It won’t always be the case, but final scores can lie. Sometimes that blowout can be seen clearly in the box score with huge yardage advantages. Sometimes that upset is as legit as possible with an underdog that rose up and played better than the opposition. However, games often play out a certain way because of variance, weather, turnovers, injuries or other things that “28-21” or “31-17” can’t tell you.

We have no great examples from Week 0, but you can bet we will have some in Week 1. And the purpose of this piece is to explain why you want to do everything in your power to look at the “how” and the “why” instead of just the “what.”

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