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The first weekend of the NFL season brings many chances for sports watching and betting in Michigan. Three big home football games will be on tap: both the Wolverines and Spartans will play at home on Saturday, and the Detroit Lions will be at home on Sunday to start their season. BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan has a fantastic offer to celebrate this time of year: a $50 free bet in addition to their popular $1,000 risk-free bet for new registrants.

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Best Michigan Sports Bets for Sept. 8-12

Each of the three most popular football teams in Michigan will be playing at home this weekend. The Detroit Tigers are winding down their season with action at Comerica Park starting Monday, Sept. 12.

Akron Zips at Michigan State Spartans — Saturday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. ET

It wouldn’t be early September without the requisite blowout college football games. This one serves as a money maker for Akron, which gets more than $1.5 million for playing the part of the patsy against MSU in East Lansing.

Coach Mel Tucker can’t be happy with how listless his offense appeared last week in the first half against Western Michigan. The oddsmakers at BetMGM have the Spartans as -34.5 favorites and -10,000 on the moneyline.

Our Pick: Take MSU and give the points. Call it Tucker’s redemption.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Michigan Wolverines — Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 p.m. ET

Remember when Jim Harbaugh was on the hot seat? Now the Michigan head coach is a khaki-wearing darling once more. But, games like this no-doubt win against Hawaii are not what matters in Ann Arbor. It’s all about beating Ohio State. Harbaugh and the Wolverines will need to do it again, and get to 10 wins, to keep the naysayers away.

Our Pick: The Wolverines are -51.5 against the Rainbow Warriors. As crazy as it sounds, we just can’t see a college football team losing by 51+. Take the points and cautiously wager on Hawaii to beat the spread.

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. ET

BetMGM has the Lions at +4 at home against the Eagles. The moneyline is +165 for Detroit and -200 for Philly, a playoff team last season.

What to expect of the Lions in year two of the Dan Campbell Era? There are some, including Campbell himself, who think the Lions are poised to break out. “The 2022 Detroit Lions will be the team that can — and will,” Campbell said in the HBO series “Hard Knocks.”

But talk is cheap, and Lions fans have heard it before. Still, Campbell feels like a different guy than you typically see on the Detroit sideline. He has some Mike Ditka in him. Not wimpy like Daryl Rogers, false-confident like Jim Schwartz, or just plain fake like Matt Patricia. No, Campbell seems legit.

But are the Lions legit? It will take a strong, mistake-free season from QB Jared Goff, who hasn’t endeared himself to Detroit fans. But the good news is this: in LA, Goff already proved he could manage an offense and limit miscues. If Detroit’s defensive front four is as ferocious as it appears, Goff may only need to get into field goal range often enough for the Lions to double their three wins of a year ago.

Our Pick: Take the Lions and the four points.

Detroit Tigers Trudge On

Here’s the narrative from the Detroit Tigers front office right now: “Let’s play the kids.” That means this frustrating franchise is promoting several young players and slotting them into the lineup for the last five weeks of the season. That may seem exciting and promising to some, but it’s really a smokescreen. The team is flailing, and you can see it in the postgame press conferences by manager A.J. Hinch, who looks like the architect of the HMS Titanic trying to explain that yes, the collision with the iceberg is catastrophic, but hey FREE ICE!

You’ll have chances to see great players play against the Tigers in the final weeks of the season. On Monday, the Houston Astros, the best team in the American League, visit Comerica Park for the start of a three-game series. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, and Framber Valdez will be on hand to show off and probably irritate former Astros manager Hinch.

Our Pick: Go UNDER on the total for the Tigers against the Astros series Sept. 12-14.

AP Photo/Rick Osentoski

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is a writer and contributor for Michigan Sharp. He is an accomplished author, who has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He isn't far from the Michigan action, residing near Lake Michigan, where he lives with his daughters.