Throughout Michigan, you can find college football moneylines, point spreads, over/unders, parlays and futures with no local school game betting restrictions. That means Michigan sportsbooks allow NCAA football betting throughout the offseason, regular season, bowl season and through the College Football Playoff and national championship game.
Here’s a detailed look at how to bet on college football in Michigan, including live NCAAF football odds direct from Michigan online sportsbooks, more on the best Michigan betting apps and all NCAA bets available across the state.
Below is a snapshot of today’s NCAA football odds at MI online sportsbooks. During the season, you’ll find daily point spreads, moneylines and totals odds for every NCAA football game. Year-round, you’ll find futures odds for conference champions, the next Heisman Trophy winner and the next national champion. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and open a new account. If you don’t see the team you want to bet on, check the full live sports odds board under “NCAAF.”
You can wager on NCAA football with a smartphone or tablet through some of the best Michigan sports betting apps. This is the most convenient way to bet on college football in Michigan, since you can use the apps to place bets from wherever you are inside state lines and see the most up-to-date odds.
Placing NCAA football bets with a Michigan mobile sportsbook app is a straightforward four-step process:
When you visit a legal online sportsbook, you’ll see upcoming games listed in order by start time. For each game, there will be odds for the three most popular pregame bets: point spread, totals and moneyline.
If you click the game listing, you’ll find the other available options for the game, such as props and alternative lines. There are also usually separate tabs for college football futures and live betting.
Here’s a look at the main ways to get in on the action of betting on NCAAF in Michigan, along with examples for each bet type.
This one’s simple: Pick the winner of any NCAA football game. You can take the bet at the currently posted odds and get paid if your team wins. Moneyline favorites are booked at negative (-) moneyline odds, indicating how much you have to bet to win $100, plus get back your initial wager. Underdogs are booked at positive (+) moneyline odds, indicating how much you stand to win for every $100 bet. For example:
Betting $150 on Michigan to win in this example would net $100, plus your $150 back. Betting $100 on Indiana to win would net $125, plus your $100 back.
You can pick the winner of an NCAAF game with a sportsbook’s point spread that factors in the final score of the game. Book the bet at the currently posted odds and get paid if your team covers the spread. In another example:
Michigan State covers a -4.5 spread if it wins by at least five points. Illinois covers a +4.5 spread if it wins the game outright, or loses by four points or fewer.
Decided whether the combined total points scored by both teams will be over or under an oddsmaker-set line. Book the bet at the currently posted odds, and get paid if you are right.
Parlays pool two or more football 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.
Example Two-team NCAAF moneyline parlay:
Bet on games within the game, such as statistical milestones teams or players may achieve.
For example: How many total passing yards for Michigan in Saturday’s game?
You can bet on which team will win the College Football Playoff national championship before playoffs. Futures markets are available before the regular season starts. You can book the bet anytime and lock in the odds even though they will be adjusted for future betting as the season goes on.
Eg. Total regular season wins for Michigan:
You can also bet on NCAA football games that are already underway. Be aware, though, that odds quickly shift based on what’s going on in the game. The fast nature of live betting, and the speed at which odds can change, make it perfect for an online sports betting audience.
For example: Which side will have more rushing yards at the half?
College football can be that much more exciting with a crowd. There are a number of awesome retail sportsbooks open for business across Michigan. Don’t worry; you’ll find the latest odds here as well. Here are some that you’ll want to visit.
Barstool Sportsbook is in the upper level of the casino. You’ll find five betting windows, and 40 self-serve kiosks throughout the casino to place your bets. Plus, the sportsbook area is also a full-service food area with pub fare.
FanDuel was one of the first retail betting locations to open up in March 2020. Following statewide coronavirus closures, the site has developed into a consistent hit. Visitors will find a dedicated sports ticker, dozens of HDTVs, six betting windows and 54 self-serve kiosks as they kick back and enjoy the action.
What if you could bet while getting a bite to eat at a cool sports bar? That dream scenario is a reality at River Rock. You’ll find betting windows inside the restaurant, plenty of screens and 24-hour betting kiosks on standby.
There are several other options to explore as you get set to watch and wager on NCAA football. There’s the 131 Sportsbook & Lounge at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, and Dacey’s Sportsbook at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, for example.
NCAA football’s top tier is called the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. There are 10 conferences with 130 FBS programs throughout the country. These schools compete for one of four spots in the College Football Playoff — and ultimately, a shot at the national title — plus invites to key college bowl games.
The College Football Playoff system has determined the rankings of teams since 2014. An NCAA committee ranks the top four teams at the end of the regular season. These teams play in two premier bowl games that act as semifinals. The winners go on to play for the title in the College Football Playoff national championship game.
The semifinal games are a part of a regular rotation of six bowl games:
More than 30 other bowl games that are not part of the College Football Playoff are also scheduled from late December through early January.
NCAA football games are broadcast on major US TV networks and cable sports stations and live-streamed over the internet.
Most conferences have a deal with specific TV networks and cable stations to broadcast games.
Michigan and Michigan State both play in the Big Ten Conference, which has broadcast deals with ABC/ESPN and FOX that are among the richest in college football. Other less-marquee games are shown on the separate Big Ten Network cable and streaming channel.
Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan are all in the Mid-American Conference, which has a broadcast deal with ESPN.
Look for streams of these networks and cable stations on the internet to watch local NCAA football games online.
The Michigan Wolverines play in the Big Ten Conference. The team has played home games at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, which has a capacity of 107,601, since 1927.
The Wolverines have been named national champions 11 times. They won the Rose Bowl and the national championship while going undefeated in 1997. The Michigan defense allowed just 9.5 points per game throughout the year, led by cornerback Charles Woodson, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy. It was Michigan’s first NCAA football title since 1948. The Wolverines are currently coached by Jim Harbaugh.
Check the latest Michigan Wolverine football odds here:
The Michigan State Spartans also play in the Big Ten Conference. The team has played at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, which has a capacity of 75,005, since 1923.
The Spartans have won six national titles but were not really a part of the recent NCAA football national championship picture until 2015. The 2015 team put together a 12–2 record, won the Big Ten championship game over Iowa and finished No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Spartans lost to No. 2 Alabama in the CFP semifinal Cotton Bowl Classic. Michigan State is currently coached by Mel Tucker.
Check the latest Michigan St. Spartans football odds here:
The Central Michigan Chippewas play in the Mid-American Conference. The team plays home games at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant is also home to the state’s largest tribal casino, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles play in the Mid-American Conference. The team plays home games at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti.
The Western Michigan Broncos play in the Mid-American Conference. The team plays home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo.
Here are three NCAA football betting tips that may help ground your wagering decisions:
Learn to take advantage of the artificial movements in a line caused by public betting. Oddsmakers haven’t changed the way they think a game might end up, but heavy betting on one side or the other can force sportsbooks to move the line to reduce coverage. To benefit from this, you can think about sticking to the oddsmakers’ original predictions.
Typically, the home team will get around three points on a football spread just because they’re at home. Some squads don’t deserve it. Look to capitalize on sportsbooks that are lax with home-field advantage.
The NCAA football regular season schedule is filled with valuable betting opportunities. Once the postseason and bowl schedule rolls around, value is a little scarcer because oddsmakers have fewer teams to focus on. The regular season is where you’re more likely to find an edge.
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Yes. As long as you’re not connected to the team or the NCAA in any way, you can legally bet on local NCAA football teams and games in Michigan.
However, you must be 21 or older, be inside state lines and must bet through a licensed Michigan sportsbook.
Alabama has won the most national championships among current FBS programs. The Crimson Tide have won 18 national titles through a combination of playoffs and final poll rankings.
However, Princeton has 28 national titles and Yale has 27. Neither school, however, competes at the FBS level now, and neither has won a title since 1950.
Yes. Although many other states have limits on what kinds of college football betting options are available, there are no such restrictions in Michigan. That means options such as in-game betting and player props on college games should be available to you.
NCAA football games that are tied at the end of regulation go to overtime.
Each team gets at least one possession starting at the 25-yard line. If the teams remain tied after two overtime possessions, they alternate two-point conversion attempts until one team wins.