Which US states allow college sports betting?

March 23, 2023 by Staff

College sports are particularly attracting betting operators because of the huge number of teams and fan base. In fact, some college teams are in partnership with betting companies which helps the teams to earn additional revenues. However, college sports betting, although it offers an experience just like any other pro-team betting, is still not allowed in a handful of states. Read with us to find out more.

After the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that outlawed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, many states embarked on legislation that'd see the legalization of sports betting. To this point, 37 states have legalized sports betting and five more may soon join the list. Sports betting itself is a new pastime activity, gaining a huge following worldwide and almost 50% of the country's adult population has at least shown some interest in the endeavor.

In which US states can I bet on college sports?

Experts predict that the number of states that permit college sports betting will ultimately increase as the endeavor gains following. Below is the list of states with legal college sports betting and their top college teams to wager on:

  1. Illinois — Bradley Braves, Chicago State Cougars, and DePaul Blue Demons
  2. Arizona — Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Arizona Wildcats.
  3. Arkansas — Central Arkansas Bears, Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions, and Arkansas Razorbacks.
  4. Colorado — Air Force Falcons, Colorado State Rams, and Colorado Buffaloes.
  5. Connecticut — UConn Huskies
  6. Indiana — Notre Dame, Hoosiers Basketball, and Purdue Hoops.
  7. Iowa — Iowa State University Cyclones and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
  8. Kansas — Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats.
  9. Louisiana — LSU Tigers, Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, and Tulane Green Wave.
  10. Maryland — The University of Maryland Terrapins, and University of Maryland-Baltimore County Basketball.
  11. Massachusetts — Boston College Eagles and UMass Minutemen.
  12. Michigan — Michigan Wolverines, Central Michigan Chippewas, Michigan State Spartans, and Eastern Michigan Eagles.
  13. Nevada — UNLV Rebels and Lady Rebels, and Nevada Wolf Pack.
  14. New Hampshire — New Hampshire Wildcats and Dartmouth Big Green.
  15. Ohio — Toledo Rockets, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Ohio Bobcats.
  16. Oklahoma — Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Cowgirls, and Oklahoma Sooners.
  17. Pennsylvania — Penn Quakers, and Pittsburgh Panthers.
  18. Tennessee — Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers, and Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Vols.
  19. West Virginia — Marshall Thundering Herd, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Charleston Golden Eagles.
  20. Wyoming — Laramie County Golden Eagles, Central Wyoming Rustlers, and Eastern Wyoming Lancers.

What legal limitations exist?

For instance, college sports betting laws in Illinois restrain players from placing player prop bets. In Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, players can only wager on their home teams when they take part in external tournaments.

In other states like New York and New Jersey, players are allowed to wager on college sports outside the states. Thus, players can't enjoy wagering on such big teams as Princeton Tigers, Columbia Lions, and Cornell Big Red. Besides, other states freeze other bet types like live bets.

Although states that permit sports betting may soon surpass 40, others do not have a clear roadmap for sports betting legislation and some may not allow wagering at all.

This may have a great impact on college sports betting, which is a subject of great controversy as we speak. Many states have set specific rules for college sports betting that are restraining players from placing some bet types of wagering on certain college sports. This is particularly important when thought of in conjunction with some of the biggest college athletes NIL agreements at the moment.

The best way to currently bet on college sports

As aforementioned, college sports betting gives an entertaining experience, just like when you wager on pro teams. And the bet types here also resemble those of professional teams. So, what is the best way to enjoy betting on college sports?

First, make sure that you bet on college teams while in a state that fully permits college sports betting. This way, you won't miss out on opportunities that come with the activity. Second, ensure that you sign-up with one of the leading legal bookies within the state. If you are a fan of retail betting, then do research on the most visited sportsbook location. Besides, do thorough research on the state's betting markets before placing each bet.