NCAA Division 1 football brings an unrivaled atmosphere of excitement to sports fans. No matter if you’re a fan of the Big Ten, SEC, ACC or just college football in general, the build up to the major bowl games is an action-packed season filled with unexpected twists and turns. Stars rise while titans fall, and it all culminates with the College Football Playoff (CFP) to determine the national champion.
Is betting on NCAA Football legal in Michigan?
Thanks to the passage of 2019’s Lawful Internet Gaming Act, online gambling in Michigan was fully legalized. Legal sportsbooks licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board are able to offer NCAA FOOTBALL betting to anyone over the age of 21 who is physically within the state’s borders.
NCCA Football + odds
As we’re sure you’re well aware, the odds and point spread on any given NCAA football game can change at any time. They are not set in stone. It is possible while visiting any of legal online sportsbooks that you will find the odds posted in one of three ways:
- American: This is the most common presentation of the odds here in the United States. If Michigan were favored over Ohio State, the odds may be posted as Michigan -150 and Ohio State +120. This would mean you would need to bet $150 to win $100 on Michigan, or if you wagered on Ohio State, a $100 bet would win $120.
- Decimal (European): This is more common in Europe and Canada, but the odds essentially work in the same fashion. Michigan State may be posted with the odds of 1.50 in a game against Stanford. In this case, a $100 bet on Michigan State would win $150. Basically, multiply your wager by the decimal number to determine your payout ($100 x 1.50 = $150).
- Fractional: Typically, you won’t see individual games listed with fractional odds. They are usually employed in horse racing, though you may hear pundits talking about a team being a 5-to-1 or 3-to-1 favorite to win the title. But if Michigan was listed as 10-1 to win the CFP, with a $100 bet, you would win $1,000 if Michigan won the national championship.
There is more to successful NCAA FOOTBALL betting than just picking the winner. Always shop around when looking at the odds prior to making a wager. Because they fluctuate and because no two sportsbooks will post the exact same odds on every game, value can be found with a little work. Half of the sports betting battle is getting your money down on the right number.
Most common betting markets
The fun of NCAA FOOTBALL betting is that there are several ways to play. You don’t even have to pick a team to get in on the action. Legal betting in Michigan allows you to wager on college football games in several ways. These are the main betting markets available:
- Point spread: The point spread was developed as a way to level the playing field for bettors. If Michigan State was playing Illinois, Michigan State may be listed as a -7 favorite with odds accompanying that bet. In this case, MI State would need to win by 8 points or more for you to win your bet. If you bet on IL, then you would win if Illinois won outright or merely lost by 6 or fewer points. If MI State won by exactly 7 points, it would be a push and you get your money back.
- Moneyline: The simplest bet to make. Pick the winning team. If you’re right, you win at the odds posted.
- Totals (Over/Under): Don’t like either team? Think the game is going to be an offensive explosion or a defensive struggle? Then perhaps you should bet on the over/under. With this bet, you are wagering on the total number of points scored in the game. So, either you bet on the “over” of the listed number – say 52 total points – or on the “under.” If both teams combine to score more than 52 points in the game, the “over” wins. Less than 52, and the “under” is the winner. Your only rooting interest is how many points each team scores.
- Props: A prop (short for “proposition”) bet is typically more of an “exotic” wager on some in-game event. It may be a bet on the distance of the longest field goal, or if a two-point conversion is scored, or if the star QB throws for more than 300 yards in the game. Depending on the sportsbook, several of these types of wagers may be offered for a game. Make sure to look for them as these can be some of the most fun bets to make.
- Futures: Most sportsbooks will offer odds on certain future outcomes. In college football, you can often bet on which team will win their respective conference as well as on which team will win the national championship. Some outlets will also let you bet on which player will win the Heisman Trophy as well as on other similar events.
- Parlay: Feel confident in a number of bets you placed? Then perhaps you should tie those wagers together in a parlay bet. Simply put, you can combine three or more wagers of any type – moneyline, point spread, totals, etc – into a parlay play. The more bets (called “legs” in a parlay) you combine, the higher your odds will become and the more you can potentially win. However, every leg of your parlay play needs to win for you to win your bet. Get just one wrong, and your parlay bet will be a loser.
Don’t forget that moneyline, point spread and totals bets can be made for both the first and second half of each game. And some sportsbooks will allow you to create your own point spread or totals number with alternative odds if you are interested. Look around at all the NCAA FOOTBALL betting options available to you prior to making any wager.
NCAA Football live Betting
Missed the opening kick-off? Don’t worry. You can still get in on all of the NCAA FOOTBALL betting action thanks to live betting. Most sportsbooks offer you the ability to bet on each game even after it has started. Simply look for the “live” section at your favorite online sportsbook. The in-game odds will fluctuate as the game advances, but you will still be able to get money down if you so choose.
NCAA Football Betting Strategy & Tips
What’s the best NCAA FOOTBALL betting strategy? Depends on who you ask. There are many approaches to take when handicapping this sport, and while many claim to be experts in the field, no one has all the answers. We certainly won’t say we know it all, but we hope by incorporating these tips into your NCAA FOOTBALL betting strategy, you will be more successful than expected.
Money management: This holds true for all types of sports betting. Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose. But more than just that clichéd tidbit, money management is about breaking your overall bankroll into units so that you can last the entire NCAA football season. By effectively managing your wager size, you can limit losses while hopefully maximizing your wins. It doesn’t mean you should just bet one unit (be it $5, $25 or $50) every game, but this stratagem should help you exploit value plays when they arise.
Load management: Modern professional athletes have begun practicing load management during the season, and you should, too. You don’t need to bet on every game or even on every week of the season. Bet when you see value. And if it’s not there, don’t make a play. At the same time, be smart enough not to chase your losses. If you should lose on an early game, don’t just wildly bet on a late-night game to “make your money back.” Bet when the time is right and with a level head.
Watch the line movements: As you should be aware, both the odds and the point spreads change during the week prior to kick-off. If a game you were going to bet on features an unexpected line movement, you better find out why it occurred. Maybe there was a significant injury or the weather forecast changed or late bettors are loading up on one side. Whatever the cause may be, examine these changes prior to putting your money down on the game.
Teams looking forwards/backwards: When the schedule is announced, every coach and team circles certain “must win” games. In doing so, they sometimes overlook the game just before these prime matchups. That can be good for you, and value can be had when teams overlook weaker opponents in expectation of playing better teams the following week. The reverse can be true, too. Sometimes a team coming off a major upset can be caught basking in its own glory as opposed to preparing for its next game. Look for these sorts of situations to potentially exploit.
Weaknesses/Strengths: Unlike the NFL, NCAA football teams usually do just one or two things really well. Some teams are running teams. Others have strong defensive lines that carry the day. Whatever that strength may be, there is usually an equal but opposite weak spot that opposing teams can take advantage of. Where these strengths and weaknesses collide, you can find value. Is a strong passing team up against a team designed to stop the run? That’s something you should know, and certainly worth examining in-depth before placing your bet.
Use your head. You’re betting to win, so you should do as much as you can before placing your money down in order to succeed. You can’t win ‘em all – no one does – but you can play smart, look for value, and pace yourself to ensure that you not only have fun, but you add to your bankroll at the end of the day. Good luck!
The NCAA Football in Michigan
Michigan boasts five Division 1 NCAA football programs. Two teams play in the Big Ten while the other three compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
Michigan Wolverines: Housed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines have the most victories in college football history. They have won 11 national championships, the last of which came in 1997, and three Wolverines have won the Heisman Trophy: Tom Harmon, Desmond Howard, and Charles Woodson. Two of the football team’s biggest rivals are the in-state Michigan State Spartans which it battles against for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers which it routinely plays for the fabled Little Brown Jug.
Michigan State Spartans: Spartan Stadium is located in East Lansing which the Spartans have called home since 1923. The football team has won/shared the national championship six times and has won the Rose Bowl four times, most recently in 2014. In 2015, MSU was the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff, but lost to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Other than playing the Michigan Wolverines for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, the Spartans have traditionally battled Notre Dame for the rights to the Megaphone Trophy.
Central Michigan Chippewas: Originally a NCAA Division II school, the Chippewas won its last national championship at that level in 1974. Now part of the Mid-American Conference, the team has twice won the MAC Championship, once in 2006 over Ohio and again in 2007 by beating Miami University.
Eastern Michigan Eagles: Calling Ypsilanti home, the Eagles were at one point in danger of losing their Division 1 standing. However, the school’s football program was resurrected in the late 1980s and has made two recent bowl appearances in 2016 and 2018.
Western Michigan Broncos: The Kalamazoo-based Broncos can trace its football history back more than 100 years, playing its first games in 1906. The team has had a string of recent successes, including a win in the 2015 Bahamas Bowl over Middle Tennessee. In 2017, it became the first MAC team to play in the Cotton Bowl after finishing the season undefeated at 13-0. Their biggest rival is the in-state Central Michigan Chippewas which they compete against for the WMU-CMU Rivalry Trophy.
The 20-21 NCAA Football Season
The cliché “a season unlike any other” really left its mark on the 2020-21 NCAA football season. Thanks to the pandemic, no one was even certain a single game would be played. Then, due to state and travel restrictions, most of the conferences curtailed their schedules, creating a unique football season which will (hopefully) never be repeated.
Covid took its toll on both Michigan and Michigan State’s 2020 season. The Wolverines played just six total games, all against Big Ten opponents. They won only two, including a wild 3 OT game over Rutgers 48-42, and finished with a 2-4 record. Michigan State didn’t fare any better as the Spartans wrapped up their season with a 2-5 record. However, they beat the Big Ten’s eventual West Division champions Northwestern 29-20, handing the Wildcats their only conference loss of the season.
The game of the year came in early November when #4 Notre Dame upset #1 Clemson in a 47-40 shootout. However, neither team could manage to win its College Football Playoff game, losing to Alabama and Ohio State respectively. Alabama ultimately won its 18th national championship while being led by Heisman Trophy winning WR DeVonta Smith and Heisman nominee QB Mac Jones.
The 21-22 NCAA Football Season
The 152nd college football season will kick off on August 28, 2021, returning to its normal schedule as covid restrictions are lifted nationwide. The postseason is scheduled to begin December 18th with a total of 44 bowl games planned. The eighth College Football Playoff National Championship Game is set to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on January 22, 2022. As it stands, the odds-on favorites to win the national championship are Alabama (+225), Clemson (+300), Ohio State (+400) and Georgia (+600).
The biggest rule change that bettors should be aware of comes with the altering of overtime play. Teams will now be required to attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown in the second overtime as opposed to the third, and starting with the third overtime, teams will be required to attempt alternating two-point conversions.
The Michigan Wolverines season starts with four consecutive home games, including the opener against the Western Michigan Broncos. The season will conclude with a home game against the formidable Ohio State Buckeyes. As for the Michigan State Spartans, they play host to their in-state rival Wolverines in late October after opening the season against the Northwestern Wildcats who are certainly eyeing revenge for their loss to the Spartans in 2020. Neither Michigan team is expected to be playing for the national title, but fans may want to put a little money down on them as the Wolverines are +8000 and the Spartans +50000 to win it all.
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