Potential Maryland Sportsbooks Project Terps Football To Be Underwater In 2021

Posted By Derek Helling on June 10, 2021

Maryland sports betting is coming and likely in time for part of the upcoming college football season. With just under three months left before the Terrapins’ home season-opener against West Virginia, it’s time to start looking at Maryland football odds.

Three potential sports betting apps in Maryland have a variety of markets live for bettors right now. The odds on the Terps having a successful season are quite friendly to those brave enough to stake them right now.

Which books might post Maryland football odds in the Old Line State?

Whether you’re talking College Football Playoff betting or something else, you’re likely looking at long odds. Among the sportsbooks in consideration here are BetMGM Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Caesars runs the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. There is another potential path for Caesars’ online sportsbook if that doesn’t work out, though. Golden Entertainment, which owns the Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone, has a deal with William Hill Sportsbook in other places like Nevada.

However, William Hill is now a Caesars brand and it looks like the brand will be phased out over time. Thus, it may never launch in MD. Caesars seems the more likely brand. Of course, Rocky Gap could partner with a different operator.

MGM obviously operates MGM National Harbor, and BetMGM also has an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens. FanDuel has a similar arrangement with the Washington Football Team. The Cordish Companies, who own Live! Casino and Hotel in Hanover, have a partnership with FanDuel in Pennsylvania.

All these potential licensees are pending regulatory approval. Other operators are likely to join them. However, this is a shortlist of books that have multiple clear paths into MD right now. Others with a single potential path include:

So, what do the odds at BetMGM, Caesars, and FanDuel look like right now? Nobody is high on Maryland making a splash in 2021.

Breaking down the Big Ten, College Football Playoff odds

When it comes to winning a conference title in the upcoming season, the consensus is that the Terrapins are among the least likely teams to do so. At all three of the aforementioned books, only Illinois has longer odds.

FanDuel’s win-total line on Maryland for 2021 is a mere 5.5 wins. Right now, the shorter odds are on the Over at -135. The market for the winner of the College Football Playoff reflects that opinion. Terps futures are currently , a far cry from Ohio State’s +600.

Whether Maryland exceeds expectations or not will rest on the performance of junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. Books have him in their Heisman Trophy futures, although a long shot at .

The younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led the Big Ten in yards per completion last season. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention status for his play in the pandemic-shortened campaign. When might Marylanders not have to leave their state to put down a bet on Tagovailoa and his teammates? It’s still too early to tell.

Maryland football futures might be available from the season’s start

All indications in the state still seem to be pointing toward a potential launch of legal sportsbooks – at least on the brick-and-mortar side – by the start of the 2021 NFL regular season. That might mean missing the start of the Terrapins’ 2021 campaign, so futures bets before the start of the season might be off the table this year; although, online sportsbooks usually keep these markets on the board in-season these days.

If the launch does occur around/on Sept. 9 these markets would be available after just one of Maryland’s games.

Regardless of exactly when the books go live in MD, there should be several opportunities to bet on the Terrapins this fall. Expect them to appear in many markets as an ‘undertortoise’.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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