Does Overtime Count In NFL & College Football Betting?

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) cannot make a catch as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans defends during overtime of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, in Cincinnati.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jan 10, 2024, 3:10 PM

Overtime stats and scores absolutely count in NFL, college football, and most other sports betting markets. 

Part of the thrill of online sports betting is predicting what you think will happen in any given game. And as any seasoned bettor can tell you, there will be times where something completely unexpected will take place in a game you’ve wagered on. 

One of the most common bumps in the road can be overtime, especially for anyone who has bet on a game total. 

It’s a common rite of passage for bettors to wager on a savvy under, only to lose the bet because the game went to overtime.

Do Second-Half Bets Include Overtime?

At BetMGM, the answer is yes. As a general rule at most sportsbooks, overtime stats and scores are counted as relevant for 2H bets. 

BetMGM’s official rules read that “overtime periods are counted in the Second Half score and considered official regardless of the length or suspension of the overtime period.”

Do Fourth-Quarter Bets Include Overtime?

At BetMGM, the answer is no. While 2H bets generally do include overtime, BetMGM’s rules specifically state that “fourth quarter wagers do not include overtime periods unless otherwise stated.”

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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.