With all due respect to Week Zero, this weekend is the real start to the 2022 College Football Season.
Starting Thursday, college football fans will get a five-course meal of action that lasts until Monday night.
With so many games at your fingertips, and an endless amount of college football odds for Week 1, we simplified things for you.
All you need to do is sit back, grab your remote and your phone, and enjoy.
Week 1 College Football Odds
The next five days will truly have it all. Ranked opponents clashing, rivalry games, and upset bids.
Can you bet on the second quarter total for Texas State vs. Nevada? Sure, but why not focus on the games that will be featured on national television this weekend?
Action gets underway tonight with plenty of intriguing games for bettors. The featured games kickoff at 7 p.m. ET and can take you into early Friday morning.
Michigan’s own Central Michigan looks to repeat one of its biggest upsets in program history, while a rivalry renews out East, and a Big Ten Conference game heats things up.
- Central Michigan at No. 12 Oklahoma State , 7 p.m. (FS1)
- West Virginia at No. 17 Pittsburgh , 7 p.m. (ESPN)
- Penn State at Purdue, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Just before the main course, some more exciting games take place on Friday.
Highlighting the schedule is No. 15 Michigan State opening its season against in-state foe Western Michigan. Another B1G conference clash takes place as well, while an intriguing 10 p.m. non-conference battle of proud programs.
- Western Michigan at No. 15 Michigan State , 7 p.m. (ESPN)
- Illinois at Indiana , 8 p.m. (FS1)
- TCU at Colorado, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday’s main course
Now it’s onto the good stuff.
Starting at noon and lasting into Sunday morning, you can watch college football uninterrupted.
Along with No. 8 Michigan’s season debut, three games have ranked teams colliding. The main event of the night features No. 2 Ohio State hosting No. 5 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.
Here’s the games worth keeping an eye on:
- Colorado State at No. 8 Michigan , Noon (ABC)
- No. 13 N.C. State at East Carolina, Noon (ESPN)
- No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
- UTEP at No. 9 Oklahoma , 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
- No. 23 Cincinnati at No. 19 Arkansas , 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Arizona at San Diego State , 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
- No. 7 Utah at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
- No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State , 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
- Boise State at Oregon State , 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday & Monday’s dessert
After that big meal on Saturday, make some room on Sunday and Monday night.
Sunday sees Florida State taking on LSU at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The game will take place from Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. It is Brian Kelly’s debut as the new head coach of the Tigers.
Monday will have No. 4 Clemson clashing in an ACC contest with Georgia Tech from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
How to bet on College Football in Michigan
The casual sports bettor in Michigan might get lost in the sea of numbers and different betting options for college football.
Between spreads, totals, props and parlays, college football betting in Michigan has become nearly a situation where if you can dream it, you might be able to wager on it.
Before making a wager, make sure you know the key terms and just what you are looking for.
- Point Spread: Pick the winner of a NCAA football game based on the amount of points the sportsbook is giving, or taking away, from a team. Example, a team listed at +4.5 is getting 4.5 points added to their final score. A team with -4.5 points is getting it taken away from their final score. If a team is -4.5 and wins 35-28, they cover the spread. If they won 31-28, the losing team covered.
- Moneyline: This is pretty straightforward. You are picking the outright winner. The favorite will carry a negative (–) designation, while the underdog carries a positive (+) designation. As an example, if Team A is a -150 favorite, you would need to bet $150 to win back $100. If Team B is a +125 underdog, you would need to wager $100 to win back $125.
- Total: Like a spread, oddsmakers will set a number for total points scored by both teams combined in the game. It will be listed in an over/under format. You can wager on if you believe the game will have more points (over) than the number listed, or fewer (under).
- Parlay: This is where you combine two or more bets into one overarching wager. Every bet that’s part of the parlay must be successful for you to win, but it also means a pretty significant payout if you hit. The odds get longer with each additional leg to the parlay.
- Prop Bets: Prop Bets are any other bets involved with a game other than the spread, total and moneyline. Typically these deal with team statistics or alternate spreads and totals. In Michigan, betting on college football player props is legal. So, you can find things like the odds a player will score a touchdown or an over/under for a statistic based on their position.