Point Spreads in College Football Pick'em
This article explains how point spreads work in College Football Pick'em.
A point spread is the predicted scoring difference between a game's two opponents. If you choose the team that's favored, they must win by more than the spread number in order for you to get credit for a correct pick. If you choose the underdog team, they have to lose by less than the spread number (or win outright) in order for you to get credit for the correct pick.
So, if you pick Oregon and they are favored to beat USC by five points (Oregon -5.0), Oregon must win the game by six or more points in order for you to get credit for the win. Otherwise, if USC loses by less than five points, you would not get credit for the win. If Oregon wins by exactly five points, the game is a push, and no users get credit for a victory.
If a point spread is listed as "Off," this indicates that there is no official point spread for the game. This is most common when a FBS school plays a FCS or Division II school. When the line is "Off," you are simply picking which team will win the game.
Yahoo! Sports uses the point spreads provided by the Associated Press. These spreads will be updated each day, with Thursday's lines serving as the game's official spread.