- Week 1 of the college football season sees Notre Dame vs Florida State in Tallahassee on Sunday (Sep. 5th)
- The Irish are seven-point road favorites over the Seminoles
- See the online betting promotions available for the heavyweight tilt
The penultimate game of Week 1 of the college football season sees two name-brands colliding at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. Sunday, the #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish visit the unranked Florida State Seminoles at 7:30 pm ET.
The odds, which opened at Notre Dame -6.5, now favor the Fighting Irish by seven points.
Best Notre Dame vs Florida State Betting Promotions
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How to Signup for a Sportsbook
In order to claim any of the above promos, you will need to be registered at the applicable sportsbook. While the process differs slightly from site to site, the essential elements tend to be identical. You will need to provide the following: name, address, government-issued ID, email, and telephone. Once you provide the necessary information, you will be ready to make your first deposit.
As a rule, sportsbooks require new customers to make a deposit before granting any bonuses. The minimum deposit amount varies.
Online sports betting has still not been legalized in the majority of states, and not all of the sportsbooks listed above are operational in the states where betting is legalized. Only residents of states where the sportsbooks are in operation will be allowed to make wagers (and thus use the promos).
How to Claim the Promotions/Bonuses
Again, the process is different depending on the site. For the Barstool $1,000 RFB, no opt-in is required. If you signup through the link above and make a deposit, you will be eligible for the risk-free bet. The same goes for the BetMGM risk-free bet and FanDuel risk-free bet.
The PointsBet promotions do not require opting in, either. But customers must place a qualifying college football wager in order to be eligible.
Customers do have to opt into the DraftKings “bet $1, win $200” promo offer, which they can do via the DraftKings homepage.
Best Ways to Use the Promos
If you are going to take advantage of one of the risk-free bets, the first rule is to make sure you do not waste it on a bet that could push. In almost all cases, these risk-free promos apply to the first real-money wager a new customer makes, and they cannot be used twice. The bonus is only awarded if the applicable wager is graded as a loss. For those new to sports betting, some types of wagers can “push” (which basically means tie).
For instance, the point spread for Notre Dame vs Virginia is currently at Notre Dame -7.0. If the game ends 35-28 for the Irish, all bets against the spread would push, meaning bettors get their stake back. But if you used your risk-free bet on the spread, you would have wasted your opportunity.
Similarly, the game total for Notre Dame vs FSU is currently at 55.0. If the game ends 28-27, the total landed right on 55 and all over/under bets would push.
In college football, there are no ties, so any moneyline bet is a safe way to use a risk-free bet. As long as the spread and total are on half-points – e.g. Notre Dame -6.5 or over/under 54.5 – then ATS and O/U bets cannot push either.
Betting Stats and Trends
While the line has moved in favor of Notre Dame, the majority of the bets at this stage have been on the Seminoles’ moneyline, the Seminoles plus the points, and the under.
This would seem to indicate that the public is on Florida State while the sharp money – which tends to move the odds to a greater extent – is on Notre Dame. But there is still over 24 hours for the betting trends and odds to change further.
High roster turnover means that last year’s stats and trends are not nearly as relevant in college football as they are in the NFL, but in 2020, Notre Dame was 6-6 against the spread and 6-6 over/under. FSU, on the other hand was a lowly 3-6 ATS and 6-3 over/under in their shortened season.
That included an absolute beatdown (52-10) at the hands of archrival Miami as 12-point underdogs, failing to cover by a full 30 points.