American Betting Experts College Football Challenge: We gave our writers $50 each to bet on College Football. Here’s how they got on..

Our writers compete against each other on the opening day of the College Football season to see who can win the most money from a starting balance of $50.

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The rules are simple. Each contestant is given $50 at the start of Saturday September 5 to bet on College Football. Whoever has the most money at the end of the day wins, and is crowned the AmericanBettingExperts Best Bettor.

All bets must come with receipts and the balance history will be checked (and posted) at the end of the day for transparency. Bets will be posted on Twitter, by the writers, ahead of the games in order to count. Late submissions are not accepted!

If anyone wants to join in, here are some links to Free Bets to get you started

The Contestants


Jerome Taylor @ThatGuy_Rome


  • Army -3.5 – WIN
  • SMU -6.5 1Q x Memphis -18 – LOST
  • Memphis -10.5 1H x SMU/TEXAS O1Q – LOST

Jerome is playing from Pennyslvania and started at BetAmerica with a balance of $50. His first wager is on Army -3.5.

BetAmerica is available in PA, NJ & IN.

This leaves a remaining balance of $30

With the Army up 21-0 at HT, Jerome felt confident enough to place some early bets on the later games, with a couple of parlays, which are presumably intended to give him some funds for in-play bets, if they hit……

A few losses and Jerome was more or less back to the start after Saturday’s games.

Sam Sayre @sam4413


  • Mid Tenn/Army U54.5 – WIN
  • East Kentucky/Marshall U53.5 – LOSE
  • SMU/Texas O69.5 – LOSE
  • North Texas/Memphis/UTEP Spread Parlay – LOSE

Sam is playing out of West Virginia and started with $50 at FanDuel and began with $10 bets on Under 54.5 in Tennessee vs Army, plus another $10 on Unders in East Kentucky at Marshall.

FanDuel is available in all legal betting states – NJ, PA, WV, IN, CO, IL & IO

Sam then added a bet for the SMU Mustangs game to hit the OVER.

Sam’s next bet was on a hit and hope pick parlay, which would take her into the lead if it were to hit.

The three pick parlay missed by just four points, leaving Sam down $20 after Saturday.

Kenny Ekert



Kenny is betting from New Jersey and started with $50 at bet365 and is kicking off with a ballsy $25 Money Line parlay on Army and Navy.

bet365 is currently only available in New Jersey, although expect to see more states soon. NJ bettors get $100 in Bet Credits when they open a new account

Tyler Monahan @TMon_19


  • Mid Tenn +3.5 – LOSE
  • SFA Lumberjacks ML – LOSE
  • Mid Tenn/Army U52.5 – WIN
  • SMU -14 1H – LOSE
  • Arkansas/Memphis x Houston/North Texas Parlay – LOSE

Tyler is also in New Jersey but is using William Hill. His $50 new player deposit has actually got him a $110 starting balance thanks to the code EXPERTVIP150, which gives a matched first deposit, plus $10 free.

William Hill is available in New Jersey & West Virginia and the EXPERTVIP150 bonus code is valid in both states.

Free bets are, of course, not included in the competition so his finishing balance will have $60 deducted. For now though, wish him luck with a $10 bet on the Blue Raiders +3.5 and a +200 Money Line bet on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.

A LIVE BET Under from Tyler made it $30 wagered by the halfway point of the Army game.

Next was a 1st Half Spread on the SMU Mustangs.

Before a parlay for the next two games in case that misses.

Tyler used his last $19 for a bet on the Under in the Navy game on Monday night.

Brett Boyle @b__b1229


  • Arkansas +17 x UTEP -4.5 – WIN
  • Army -14.5 – LOSE
  • Arkansas ML – WIN
  • SMU ML x Marshall ML x Army -4 – WIN

Brett is based in Pennsylvania He’s started with a $15 3 team parlay, which is based around Army -4. He’s filled it up to a +106 bet by adding Marshall and SMU.

Brett then added a second parly, but this time going for a far bigger return, but with a lower stake.

All of Brett’s bets at HT in the Army game…

The late games were kind to Brett, bringing in his morning 3 pick parlay and then a 2 team parlay on Arkansas State +17.5 & UTEP -4.5 to leave him with more than double his money after Saturday’s slate.

Daniel Wettstein @DanWettsteinII


  • Mid Tenn +3.5 – LOSE
  • Arkansas/Memphis U74.5 – WIN

Daniel Wettstein is representing Colorado, the newest legal sports betting state in America. He’s made 4 picks to start with at $10 each, BYU Cougars ML, SMU/Texas Overs, Middle Tennessee +3.5 & Arkansas/Memphis Unders.

Dan’s bets are at FanDuel Sportsbook, who have just announced that they are doubling their welcome bonus to a $1000 Risk Free Bet.

Dan has then added a 5 team parlay as he looks to use up all his balance before the first game kicks off.

Controversially, Dan made an error with the game dates and so decided to replace his bet with a Same Day Parlay…

Kevin Davis @BoogieDownPicks


  • Eastern Kentucky/Marshall Under – LOSE
  • Texas State Team Points O23.5 – WIN
  • Memphis Team Points U46.5 – WIN

Kevin Davis aka the Props Professor is betting from New Jersey and has chosen to use FOXbet. He’s placed three bets already with an Unders for Eastern Kentucky @ Marshall, and Overs in SMU @ Texas State and Unders in Arkansas State @ Memphis.

Follow Kevin’s picks by opening a FOXbet account here. New players get a $500 Risk Free Bet and a $500 Deposit Bonus

Nick Ballistreri


Arkansas/Memphis U73 – WIN

Nick Ballistreri provides Daily NBA picks for American Betting Experts, but trusts his CFB judgement as well. He’s using Golden Nugget Sportsbook for his bets today and has started with $20 on Unders in Memphis v Arkansas State.

Nick won his Unders bet and so placed his next bet for the Navy game on Monday night

Matt Curran @MCC612

Matt is playing in Pennsylvania and has opted to place his bets on the FanDuel Sportsbook app. His first bet of the day is an UNder in the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Army game.

Matt’s next bet was on the OVER in the SMU Mustangs v Texas State Bobcats.

And on the conclusion of his winning Middle Tenn/Army Under, Matt added North Texas -23.5.

Matt’s final settled bets on Saturday night looked very healthy though

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