Sports Betting On The Michigan Wolverines

While Michiganders have been waiting for college football’s triumphant return, the Michigan Wolverines have been diligently preparing for it. Wolverines defensive coordinator, Don Brown is praising his players for how well they’ve handled isolation.

We are, too.

As the Wolverines band together, they will be the subject of new bets from sportsbooks. (Hopefully, with great odds.) Here’s what Michigan bettors need to know about betting on the Wolverines when the casinos reopen.

Can Bettors Wager On The Wolverines At Michigan’s Legal Sportsbook?

Yes. Michiganders can not only bet on the Wolverines, but they can also bet on all college games sportsbooks offer lines on. Michigan’s sports betting legislation doesn’t restrict bets on college games like other states’ rules. In fact, Michigan ensured in-person sports betting was ready to go for March Madness. The Wolverines may not have had a new industry launch in time for its next season. However, they can look forward to their own exciting return when sports leagues start back up again.

See our comprehensive Guide To Online Sports Betting In Michigan

What Are Popular Bets To Place On The Wolverines?

College football is full of straightforward bets on the winner and point spread. However, the prop bets are the fun bets. Prop bets are wagers on random events related to the game. Some of them are in-game occurrences, like the first team to score a field goal. Others are completely unrelated to game play, like the length of the national anthem.

If bettors are interested in game play bets–which seems reasonable–then they can make high-risk parlay bets. Parlay bets are made up of multiple bets that must occur in sequence. Bettors who think the Wolverines will win their first three games could make a parlay bet on it. However, bettors won’t win unless the Wolverines come through on all three games. One loss and the bet’s lost.

No matter a bettor’s risk tolerance, there are plenty of bets to suit them.

Do The Wolverines Have Any Partnerships With Michigan’s Sportsbooks?

The Wolverines don’t have any sportsbook partnerships and they may never have one. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is so opposed to sports betting that it took New Jersey to the Supreme Court over its attempt to legalize sports betting. The NCAA lost, but its rules limit the sports betting’s influence on its members and students. While the average bettor can place bets on the Wolverines at Michigan’s sportsbooks, Wolverine athletes and NCAA members cannot.

How Popular Are The Wolverines In Michigan?

The Wolverines are the most popular Michigan team listed on YouGov’s sports team rankings. (Don’t even ask how far down the Spartans are.) The Wolverines are far more popular than the Lions, but the Tigers are about as popular as the Lions. However, they’re both more than ten spots lower than the Wolverines. Michigan is also unique in its hockey fanbase. Hockey is less popular than football and baseball, but it’s way more popular than professional basketball. Unless March Madness is particularly frenzied, no other sports team matches the Wolverines’ popularity.

Do All Sportsbooks Offer Lines On The Wolverines?

Yes. As a sanctioned sport under Michigan’s sports betting rules, the Wolverines are fair game for sportsbooks. And no sportsbook in its right mind would pass up betting lines on college football. College football lines will be a staple across Michigan.

Where Can Bettors Wager At Sportsbooks?

Michigan’s sports betting law requires casinos to receive a sports betting license, either from the State of Michigan or from the relevant tribal authorities. Additionally, sportsbook companies like FanDuel must partner with Michigan casinos to operate in Michigan. Here are Michigan’s casinos and their current partnerships:

Commercial CasinosPartnered Sportsbooks
MGM Grand - DetroitRoar Digital
GreekTown CasinoPenn National Gaming, Inc.
MotorCity Casino HotelFanDuel Sportsbook
Tribal CasinosPartnered Sportsbooks
Bay Mills Resort & Casino, BrimleyN/A
FireKeepers Casino & Hotel, Battle CreekScientific Games
Four Winds DowagiacN/A
Four Winds HartfordN/A
Four Winds New BuffaloN/A
Gun Lake Casino, WaylandRush Street Interactive
Island Resort & Casino, Bark RiverN/A
Kewadin Casino ChristmasGAN plc
Kewadin Casino HesselGAN plc
Kewadin Casino ManistiqueGAN plc
Kewadin Casino, Hotel & Convention Center, Sault Sainte MarieGAN plc
Kewadin Shores Casino, St. IgnaceN/A
Kings Club Casino, BrimleyN/A
Leelanau Sands Casino, Suttons BayWilliam Hill
Little River Casino & Resort, ManisteeN/A
Northern Waters Casino Resort, WatersmeetPointsBet
Odawa Casino, MackinawThe Stars Group
Odawa Casino Resort, PetoskeyThe Stars Group
Ojibwa Casino, BaragaN/A
Ojibwa Casino, MarquetteN/A
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, StandishN/A
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. PleasantN/A
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, WilliamsburgWilliam Hill

Some of these companies, like William Hill, are sportsbook companies. Others, like The Stars Group, offer sportsbook services from a wide portfolio of gaming products. However, if bettors want to bet at sportsbooks, they’ll have to check to make sure their casino of choice offers one. It’d be a shame to drive halfway up the state only to find the closest sportsbook is a half-hour away.

In the future, when sports return and online sportsbooks launch, expect to bet on the Wolverines on various sports betting apps.

3 Key Takeaways For Betting On The Wolverines

Sports betting is brand new in Michigan, and it’ll feel even newer when sportsbooks reopen. If bettors are interested in getting in sports betting when isolation ends, they should know:

  1. The Wolverines will be one of the most popular teams to bet on in Michigan.
  2. There are bets available for all risk-tolerances.
  3. Not all casinos offer sportsbooks–bettors must check their casino before attending.

The Wolverines are a popular team, and they’re anxious to get back into the stadium. Hopefully, their next season will offer a season full of strong wins and fantastic odds. See more about college sports betting and what Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden says about the future of college betting.

About the Author

Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a writer tucked into the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado.