College Football Betting Promos: Week 1 Brings Big Matchups, Bigger Bonuses

Written By Danny Lawhon on September 1, 2021 - Last Updated on September 2, 2021

It’s a little hard to believe since Michigan sports betting has been live online for almost eight months now, but nobody has been able to bet college football here on their phones before. That’s all about to change this weekend, though, and Michigan sportsbooks are bringing the football betting promos to prove it.

That’s right: Enough with that Week 0 nonsense. The NCAA football season begins in earnest this week and throughout Labor Day weekend. Of local interest, the season truly kicks off Friday night with Michigan State playing a Big Ten Conference game at Northwestern.

The Michigan Wolverines start their campaign on the more traditional Saturday date, with Jim Harbaugh’s bunch hosting in-state foe Western Michigan.

Both around these games and across the board, here are some of the special college football betting promos on tap for this weekend. (And all season long, you can follow us for the best football betting promo codes available in Michigan.)

PointsBet Sportsbook promotes a point — literally, any point

It’s not always the wisest move to bet with your heart and put financial stakes on your alma mater. But PointsBet Sportsbook is trying to make such a proposition as stress-free as can be.

Through the Australia-based operator, fans of either the Wolverines and Spartans can wager up to $20 on either of those teams to score in their openers and win at +100 odds.

Just one point is all you need. Any way, any time during that first game. In theory, that’s a cinch, especially against Michigan’s opponent in the Mid-American Conference’s Broncos. Michigan State ought to score against Northwestern, but Pat Fitzgerald usually trots out a disciplined defense. So choose wisely, we suppose.

Simultaneously, PointsBet is also offering a risk-free parlay option for all Week 1 NCAAF games. You can wager any amount on a parlay of 4 legs or more (with total minimum odds of +100), and if you lose, you can receive up to $20 refunded in the form of a free bet. Note that if you wager less than $20 on the parlay, the refund will be equal to the betting amount.

If you’re looking for more on either Michigan vs. Western Michigan, or Michigan State at Northwestern, follow our links in this sentence.

Fox Bet focusing on marquee matchups

Over at FoxBet Sportsbook, the operator is focusing on the highest level matchups to provide some intriguing money-multiplier “Super Boost” opportunities.

Fox airs a significant umber of high-volume regular season games and is pairing that TV perception with sportsbook offers.

Under the “specials” section on its college betting subpage, an impressive array of football prop bets exist:

  • Ohio State at Minnesota: “Double Your Money” if Ohio State scores at least one touchdown and one field goal (+100, max bet $10)
  • Alabama vs. Miami (Fla.): “Triple Your Money” if Alabama scores a touchdown in every quarter (+200, max bet $10)
  • Georgia vs. Clemson: “6x Your Money” if both teams score in each quarter (+500; max bet $50)
  • Notre Dame at Florida State: “Double Your Money” if Notre Dame scores in each quarter (+200; max bet $25)

Michigan State- and Michigan-focused specials arrived Thursday.

  • Michigan State at Northwestern: “Triple Your Money” if Michigan State wins (+200, up from +135; max bet $10)
  • Michigan vs. Western Michigan: “Double Your Money” if Michigan score in each quarter (+100; max bet $10)

BetMGM offering season-long parlay rewards

The possibilities of football betting promos over at BetMGM Sportsbook aren’t exactly plentiful, but they’ll be regular.

This week, and each week of the college football season, any Michigan sports bettor who places a $25 one-game parlay bet will receive a corresponding $10 free bet to use on a live event in any sport.

The free bet must then be used within seven days upon receipt.

FanDuel football betting promos offer blanket protection

They’re keeping things simple over at FanDuel Sportsbook. The current Michigan market leader has a promotion where your first college football wager (after opting in) will be refunded with up to a $10 free bet if you lose. Like other operators’ free bets, this one will be good for a week if you receive it.

Caesars aiming to capture gameday audience

Caesars Sportsbook isn’t currently offering much in terms of lookahead wagers. But the former William Hill brand has been regularly focusing its promotions on same-day offers for its established user base.

In practice, this means that the best offers it has for Week 1 properly won’t appear until closer to the majority of Saturday kickoffs. But there’s already a plan in place for Thursday’s Big Ten Conference game between Ohio State and Minnesota.

If bettors place a $25 or more wager on the spread in that game (which is around -14 in Ohio State’s favor at most books as of Wednesday evening), they’ll receive $1 in free bets for every point scored by their side in the first half, whether their original bet cashes or not.

We’ll update this space if in-state offers come down the pike in the coming days.

DraftKings’ familiar variety drives college football betting promos

DraftKings Sportsbook is among the Michigan sports betting and nationwide leaders for a reason. Variety is often … well, king, for the daily fantasy giant.

And DraftKings is playing both the long game and the short one with its immediate Week 1 offers.

The narrow: Its popular “Hammer the Over” series returns, with set thresholds of 2,500 new bets on the Georgia-Clemson showdown Saturday night dropping the total by 0.5 points at +100 odds on a maximum $25 wager.

As of Wednesday evening, the over was already down to 15 points, so … you know a win will be coming by the weekend.

The wide: New users can bet on either the first weekend of college football or NFL games with their first bet post-deposit. When that bet occurs, they’ll receive $200 in free bet credits (eight $25 free bets). Like many other sportsbooks’ offerings, those free bets must be used within seven days.

On Thursday, DK also dropped a new promotion for Big Ten bettors. Upon opt-in, bettors can receive three 10% profit boosts that can be used on the weekend’s B1G slate.

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Danny has more than a decade of reporting experience in three states, including nearly 10 years with the Des Moines Register. He's covered college and professional sports, the NCAA Tournament and the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours. Danny is a professional musician in his spare time and plays the piano and pipe organ (seriously). He now covers the online gambling industry in Michigan.

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