Maryland faces the No. 2 college football team in the country this Saturday. But before you lock in your bets on the Ohio State Buckeyes to pummel the Terrapins, cover the massive spread, and go to 11-0, remember:
- These two teams are Big Ten rivals
- Rivalry games often play closer than oddsmakers think
- Maryland is at home
Whichever side you bet on, you can take advantage of several different welcome bonus promos from top online sportsbooks.
Bet $5, Get $200 + up to $1,050 bonus at DraftKings
The fact it’s a conference rivalry road game for the Buckeyes is the only reason to think they won’t literally pound Maryland into submission.
When a team is this heavily favored, there’s some real risk involved in betting on them. Either you have to lay a lot of points or lay a lot of money to win just a little.
That’s why a smaller and lower-risk wager might be the play with the welcome package you get over at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Bet the $50 you get for free on either side of the Ohio-State Maryland spread and you’ll get $45.45 if you get it right. The rest of the bonus is released at $1 for every $25 bet.
Get up to $1,250 free-bet refund at Caesars Sportsbook
New players can claim their Caesars bonus immediately on signing up. That means you can bet on Maryland vs. Ohio State and either win or get a free bet refund that covers your loss.
A $1,250 bet on Maryland at the +1400 moneyline odds at Caesars would pay out $18,750 if Maryland can pull off the unlikely upset. Granted, it’s very unlikely Maryland will win.
However, you’ll still get up to $1,250 back as a free bet even if they don’t get it done.
Up to $1,000 Risk-Free Bet at BetMGM
At BetMGM you’ll get a $1,000 risk-free bet when you sign up for a new account.
A $1,000 bet on Maryland’s current +1400 moneyline over at BetMGM would pay out $15,000 if Maryland shocks the college football world. If they don’t, you’ll get that $1,000 back as a free bet.
The real-world odds of Maryland beating Ohio State aren’t great, but it is a home game against a Big East rival for Maryland.
If you take the 27.5 points you can get at BetMGM for $1,000 at -110 odds, you’d win $1,910 if Maryland can keep it a half-point closer than that. Again, you’ll get your $1,000 back as a free bet if they can’t.
$1,000 No Sweat Bet at FanDuel
FanDuel’s up to $1,000 No Sweat First Bet for new sign-ups pays out in free bets you don’t have to use all at once.
The Ohio State-Maryland spread is 27.5 points at FanDuel, and the Maryland +1400 moneyline is just as unlikely to pay out.
Ohio State is undefeated and averaging over 50 points per game. Maryland is 6-4 and scored just 10 combined points in back-to-back losses to Wisconsin and Penn State.
A $1,000 bet on Ohio State -27.5 (-110) at FanDuel will return $1,910 if Ohio State wins by 28 points or more. You’ll still get $1,000 in free bets even if the Buckeyes can’t cover.
Pre-Launch Welcome Bonuses at Maryland Online Sportsbooks
That doesn’t include Maryland yet, where the state’s first legal online sportsbooks go live next Wednesday, Nov. 23. In the meantime, there are early Maryland sign-up offers available from some of these sportsbooks brands, including:
- DraftKings Sportsbook giving up $200 in free bets and free entry into a $100K Free Bet Sweepstakes
- BetMGM Sportsbook giving up $200 in free bets
- FanDuel Sportsbook giving up $100 in free bets and a free month’s subscription to NBA League Pass