Michigan will look to stay perfect early Saturday afternoon when it hosts Northern Illinois, but the day’s big game comes Saturday night when No.10 Penn State hosts No. 22 Auburn. With plenty of betting odds and ways to win and wager, FOX Bet will be a go-to destination for college football bettors in both Michigan, Pennsylvania, and other top legal betting markets.

Happy Valley will be rocking Saturday night throughout this highly anticipated Top 25 matchup as Penn State will welcome Auburn with a “White Out” game. Given the high profiles of both schools, a great deal of betting action is expected on this Big Ten vs. SEC matchup featuring a pair of 2-0 teams.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines will also look to move to 3-0 when they host Northern Illinois as a big home favorite at the Big House.

Let’s get set for both matchups with a look at how to bet on all of the action with FOX Bet.

Betting 101 Week 3: How to Bet at FOX Bet

First, let’s look at where FOX Bet is currently available.

Bettors in states such as Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Colorado all feature the app. With creative betting markets, including unique game and player props markets, FOX Bet has emerged as a preferred sports wagering destination for both novice and seasoned bettors.

Backed by the familiar FOX Sports brand and endorsed by some of its top personalities, the app receives a boost from its natural in-game advertisements during its sports telecasts, but it holds up well enough to keep players coming back.

New players who sign up this week can take advantage of a number of boosts in addition to a $500 risk-free first bet.

How to Get FOX Bet

  • First, register and grab the FOX Bet app by clicking right here.
  • Following registration, make a first deposit by using any of its safe and efficient funding methods.
  • After the deposit is made, place a risk-free bet of up to $500 with the first-real money bet.

The $500 Risk-Free Bet

Before we jump into the Week 3 slate, let’s first talk about the FOX Bet new user promo. New players can kick off the wagering experience with an opportunity to bet big (up to $500), entirely free of risk.

Make a first deposit and wager that amount to lock in the RFB. Bettors are free to deposit wager as little as $10 to grab this incentive, but they can achieve maximum value with $500+ deposits.

If that first bet wins, players will immediately cash in on profits once the wager settles. If it doesn’t, FOX Bet will refund the bet amount in site credit, providing players with an additional opportunities to kick off the wagering experience with a win.

As an example, let’s say that Penn State bettors want to back the Nittany Lions at -4 to cover against the Tigers. Standard point spread prices are listed at -110 on each side.

So, if a bettor risks $220 to win $200 ($420 return) at -110 odds, a winning bet will pay that out $200 in profit. A losing bet will return the $220 risked in site credit.

Betting Against the Spread at FOX Bet

Let’s quickly cover how to make a spread bet at FOX Bet by using this week’s Northern Illinois vs. Michigan and Auburn vs. Penn State matchups.

Currently, Michigan is a 27-point favorite against Northern Illinois in what oddsmakers believe will be a lopsided affair. Meanwhile, Penn State is a 4-point favorite over Auburn.

In the case of Michigan, someone who makes a spread bet on the Wolverines will need them to win by 28 or more points to cover the spread.

Those who take the Huskies will need an outright win or a loss by 26 points or less to cover the spread. If the game is decided by exactly 27 points, it is considered a “push,” meaning neither side wins and bettors will be refunded the amount wagered.

Similarly, those who back Penn State to cover will win if the Nittany Lions win by five points or more. Those backing Auburn will need the Tigers to lose by no more than three points — or pull off the road upset.

Making a Moneyline Wager

Of course, bettors can throw out the point spread entirely by placing what is called a moneyline wager.

Here’s the short version of how this bet type works:

Bettors must simply select the winning team to win the bet. The plus side of such a wager is that it makes the proposition less complicated. Pick the winning team, win the bet. Pick the loser, lose the bet. That said, because one team is expected by oddsmakers to win, those who want to back the favorite have to pay extra (in some cases, quite a bit extra) to do it. Those who want take the underdog will receive a payout larger than their wager for taking a team not expected to win.

This week, oddsmakers have installed Penn State as a -188 moneyline favorite.

At -188 moneyline odds, a bettor would have to risk $188 to win $100 on an outright Penn State victory.  Meanwhile, a bettor could also back Auburn at +160, meaning a $100 bet pays $160.

As for the Michigan game, bettors who back the Wolverines to win outright at -3300 odds will have to risk a substantial $3,300 to win $100 (frankly, we don’t recommend this). Those thinking upset can back Northern Illinois with a $100 wager that pays out a huge $1,400 profit.

Making a Parlay Pick

If you’re looking to reduce the cost of backing some big money line favorites or maximize the potential payouts of a ranger, a parlay is worth considering. This multi-bet wager requires all individual bets involved to win. By rule, parlays create longer odds — and better payouts. Of course, the downside is that a parlay bet is harder to hit because multiple things must go right to cash in a victory.

As an example, bettors can take Penn State -4 and Michigan -27 in a two-leg parlay that pays +264 odds, meaning a $100 wager turns a $264 profit. That, however, is just one example. Bettors can use any combination of the point spreads, moneylines, or game totals to build parlays.

Making a Pick for Auburn vs. Penn State at FOX Bet

Penn State has already pulled off one big Top 25 victory this season with its win over Wisconsin and will now look for another against a tough SEC opponent.

The Nittany Lions are 32-1o at home under James Franklin and they are 31-4 at home under him when they’re favored. In fact, Penn State is even better during the month of September at home, going 14-2 overall at home and 14-1 at home as a favorite during the month.

After Penn State slumped to an 0-5 start out of the gates at home last season, we will bank on them to get to 3-0 by surviving Auburn. However, four points is a lot in what figures to be an evenly matched game, so we will pay the moneyline price.

Pick: Penn State -188

Making a Pick for Michigan vs. Northern Illinois

Interestingly, former Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi will be under center for Northern Illinois in this one. Last season, Lombardi threw for over 300 yards in a win against Michigan, so he won’t be intimidated in this spot. While the Wolverines flexed their muscle in a convincing win over Washington last Saturday night, the Huskies have a road win over an ACC opponent (Georgia Tech) to their credit and scored 43 points in a loss to Wyoming last weekend.

We don’t see Michigan slipping up in this one, but with two conference games looming against Rutgers and Wisconsin over the next two weeks, this could be a spot where Michigan eases off the gas a bit, providing Northern Illinois with an opportunity to cover a huge number.

Pick: Northern Illinois +27

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