Revisiting the Montana State FCS Championship Bet

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jan 05, 2022, 12:28 PM

Hey, remember that time I told you to go look up the FCS college football championship odds and bet on Montana State to win the title?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up on yesterday’s news here.

However, if you did tail me on the two futures to set up the hedge, then this weekend’s FCS title game is nothing but good news. We’ve created a solid position to make guaranteed money on the FCS Championship Game. 

Now comes the easy part.

The 2021 FCS Championship Odds

Football betting can be complicated, but a solid futures position makes everything easier. Back at the beginning of the FCS Playoffs, I recommended two FCS championship futures investments: Villanova at +1600 and Montana State at +2000.

Now, before Bobcat Twitter tries to give me a key to the city of Bozeman for believing in its team, it’s worth pointing out that the main reason I did this was their playoff path. 

The right side of the bracket had both JMU and North Dakota State, alongside other notable contenders like Montana and Eastern Washington. The left side, by comparison, had a Sam Houston team that felt underwhelming all season, as well as an unseeded South Dakota State team that had to play game after game on the road. 

Montana State was undefeated until the final week of the regular season; if the Bobcats had scored a rivalry win against the Griz, they likely would have been given home-field advantage over the Bison. And much like the North Dakota State team they will see in Frisco, they play a brand of football that’s traditionally successful in November and December.

Thus, at +2000, the Bobcats were a perfect marriage of marketplace value, scheduling luck and sound analysis. 

So, now that we’ve said all these nice things about Montana State… it’s time to bet against it.

FCS Championship Odds for North Dakota State


If you read the original futures article when I wrote it, you know that the Montana State bet was always intended as a hedge position. If Montana State reached the championship game, we would be able to bet the money line from the other side and hold tickets for both sides of the game.

Now that we’ve been successful in that endeavor, it’s time to pull out your hedge calculators. 

North Dakota State is currently priced at -350 on the money line, meaning you need to bet $350 to win $100. 

I personally bet $30 on each of the original futures, meaning I have a $60 total stake right now and a $600 payout (not counting my principle) if Montana State wins. 

Given NDSU’s price, and the fact that the current NCAAF odds have the Bison as a touchdown favorite to win their ninth championship in 12 years, I’m tilting my hedge toward the heavier side. 

I’m betting $500 on NDSU at -350 to win $142.86, guaranteeing myself a net profit no matter who wins.

If Montana State wins, I’ll pocket a net profit of $70.

If North Dakota State wins, I’ll pocket $82.86.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.