The first big weekend of the 2021 college football season is here, and Illinois online sportsbooks are making it quite enticing to get in on the action.
From no-brainer promotions to risk-free bets to no juice lines, there’s something for everyone this Labor Day weekend. That is unless you’d like to place a legal wager on Illinois vs. Nebraska or Northwestern vs. Michigan State, as that is still not allowed in the Land of Lincoln.
But there are plenty of big games on the NCAAF schedule to wager on. Georgia vs. Clemson and Notre Dame vs. Florida State are a few of the headliners.
Here are the best college football promotions at sportsbooks in Illinois.
College football sports betting offers in Illinois
At DraftKings in Illinois, you can take advantage of a “Hammer the Over” promotion for the Georgia vs. Clemson game.
For every 2,500 people that bet on the over, DraftKings will reduce the point total by half a point. Right now, the over/under is 12. By game time, it will likely be zero.
The maximum bet is $25 at even odds, meaning you can win $25 if the bet cashes.
Georgia vs. Clemson kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, and all bets for this promotion must be placed before then.
DraftKings is also offering a 33% profit boost on any three-plus leg college football parlay this weekend. The maximum bet is $50.
PointsBet Illinois, as is becoming the norm, is offering “no juice lines” this college football weekend for any game featuring a top 25 team. That means spreads will be listed at +100.
Usually, sportsbooks list spreads at -110 juice, give or take. So, while this is not a no-brainer promotion, if you’re looking to spray the board this Saturday, you can maximize potential winnings by using PointsBet.
With that said, PointsBet isn’t stopping there — it is also offering a $20 risk-free college football bet.
For a maximum bet of $20, you can wager on any spread. If your bet wins, you keep the profit. If it loses, you will be refunded $20 in free bets.
Simple but effective: FanDuel Sportsbook in Illinois is offering customers a $10 risk-free bet on any college football game.
The wager must have -200 odds or shorter. If the bet wins, it’s like any other winning bet; if it loses, you’ll be issued a $10 refund in site credit.
Finally, the BetRivers Illinois book has boosted the Georgia vs. Clemson total touchdown “over 6.5” from -106 to +150.
The consensus over/under is 51, so if the over hits, this booster likely will as well. At +150 odds, there is some value for a bettor who thinks there will be plenty of points scored between the Bulldogs and Tigers.
The maximum bet for this “House Special” is $25.
How can you sign up for online sportsbooks in Illinois?
Right now, the law does not allow you to register for a sportsbook account online. Instead, you must visit a participating retail sportsbook in order to create a mobile account.
If you’re looking to bet on sports in Chicago, BetRivers and PointsBet have the most convenient sign-up hubs. Rivers Casino is in Des Plaines, while PointsBet is partners with Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney and off-track betting sites in Prospect Heights and Crestwood.
You can sign up for DraftKings in East St. Louis, FanDuel in Collinsville, Caesars by William Hill in Elgin and Barstool in Aurora.
Week 1 college football lines
Here are the best college football odds at Illinois sportsbooks this weekend: