Big Ten Football Odds & Betting Tips: Buckeyes Still The Favorite
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Perennial Big Ten favorite Ohio State is still at the top of the futures betting board. But the Buckeyes were humbled big time in a 35-28 loss to Oregon Saturday in Columbus.
While the Ducks exposed several flaws and concern is at an all-time high for Ohio State’s defense, oddsmakers still see the Buckeyes as the team to beat in conference. Ohio State is the favorite to get the job done in Indianapolis at -165 odds to win a fourth consecutive Big Ten title.
Iowa has been the conference’s biggest mover by far after opening the season around +1000. The Hawkeyes are now second at +450 after back-to-back wins over ranked opponents in Indiana and Iowa State. Penn State has also moved to +600, up from +900, after the Week 1 upset win at Wisconsin (+1100).
Overall, this is still a very balanced conference. That means more competitive games, and more chances to pounce on attractive point spreads and moneylines. These tips and tidbits can help you make the best bets each weekend at your sportsbooks and betting sites, especially for those in Big Ten states where sports betting is legal. That includes sports betting in Maryland, sports betting in Illinois, and sports betting in Pennsylvania, among others.
Big Ten Football Odds 2021
|Ohio State||-165||View All Odds|
|Iowa||+450||View All Odds|
|Penn State||+600||View All Odds|
|Wisconsin||+1100||View All Odds|
|Michigan||+2000||View All Odds|
|Michigan State||+6000||View All Odds|
|Minnesota||+10000||View All Odds|
|Indiana||+10000||View All Odds|
|Purdue||+10000||View All Odds|
|Maryland||+20000||View All Odds|
|Northwestern||+30000||View All Odds|
|Illinois||+50000||View All Odds|
|Nebraska||+50000||View All Odds|
|Rutgers||N/A||View All Odds|
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How to Bet on Big Ten Football
Like every conference, the Big Ten has certain unique characteristics that set it apart, and that bettors need to take into account when considering weekend wagers. Here are five tips to keep in mind when wagering on your sports betting app:
1. It’s a Ball Control League
While a few Big Ten programs, such as Ohio State and Purdue, have opened up their passing games, this remains a conference rooted in ball control basics like rushing and defense.
Much of the league still relies primarily on a strong defense and an effective running game to win, just as they did years, if not decades, ago.
While these ball control programs are able to run up big numbers on occasion against outmanned opponents, unders are a strong bet to consider when looking at totals betting in more competitive matchups.
2. The Bottom-Feeders Are Bad
Every conference has its cellar-dwellers, but the Big Ten has a sad cadre of bottom-feeders unmatched in college football. The league added Rutgers and Maryland in an attempt to woo big East Coast TV markets, and got a pair of awful programs in the deal.
Once-proud Illinois has been a mess for the 2010s, and Purdue fights a constant battle for relevance. Even Nebraska has fallen hard, finishing below .500 in four consecutive seasons. That leads to a lot of point spreads in the high 20s and 30s each weekend, and not all of them realistic covers.
3. The Middle Class Can Be Dangerous
Ohio State gets all the headlines, perhaps eclipsing the fact that the league’s middle class is a dangerous group that can occasionally upset the elites and reach the Big Ten Championship.
Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Penn State are all proud programs that even in mediocre seasons can challenge the Buckeyes or Wolverines when playing at home. And Northwestern has made the Big Ten title game in two of the last three years, going 7-2 in 2020. That equals a lot of home underdogs that are worth considering over the course of the season.
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4. The West Is Up for Grabs
When the Big Ten realigned around geographic divisions in 2014, it clustered four power programs - Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State - in the East. The move created a power imbalance that’s helped four of the seven West programs win the division, which continues to be up for grabs.
There’s lots of parity in the Big Ten West, and savvy bettors can take advantage by examining the college football odds, and jumping on value futures and season win totals.
5. Michigan’s Nemesis is the Hump
The Wolverines’ big rival may be That Team Down South, but their real nemesis is the hump - as in, the one the program continues to struggle to get over. Michigan has one national crown since 1948, that title coming over 20 years ago, and the drought wears on people in Ann Arbor, especially as Ohio State contends for titles year after year.
It doesn’t help that they’ve beaten the Buckeyes just three times this century. Tread lightly in futures betting when it comes to the Maize and Blue.
Big Ten Football Championship Betting
Implemented for the 2011 season after the conference expanded to 12 teams with the addition of Nebraska, the Big Ten Championship played in Indianapolis has become a fixture on the college football calendar.
It matches the winners of the league’s East and West divisions, which replaced the non-geographic (and confusing) Legends and Leaders after Maryland and Rutgers joined in 2014. Underdogs covered seven of the first 10 matchups with one push, while the game went over six times.
Ohio State’s 59-0 rout of four-point favorite Wisconsin in 2014 marked the first shutout in Power 5 championship game history.
You can bet on the Big Ten Championship Game if you live in one of the states that has legalized sports betting. That includes a number of Big Ten states, including New Jersey sports betting, Michigan sports betting, Indiana sports betting, and Iowa sports betting, as well as Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Illinois.
Recent Big Ten Football Championship Game Results
|2020||Ohio State||Northwestern||22-10||OSU -18.5||56|
|2019||Ohio State||Wisconsin||34-21||OSU -16||57.5|
|2018||Ohio State||Northwestern||45-24||OSU -16.5||63|
|2017||Ohio State||Wisconsin||27-21||OSU -3.5||51|
|2016||Penn State||Wisconsin||38-31||WISC -3||45|
|2015||Michigan State||Iowa||16-13||MSU -3||50|
|2014||Ohio State||Wisconsin||59-0||WISC -4||54|
|2013||Michigan State||Ohio State||34-24||OSU -5.5||53.5|
Big Ten Football Championship FAQs
When is the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game?
The 2021 Big Ten Championship is Dec. 4, 2021.
Where is the 2021 Big Ten Championship?
The 2021 Big Ten Championship is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Can I bet on the Big Ten Championship Game?
Yes, if you live in a state with legal sports betting. That includes Big Ten states Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Where can I watch the Big Ten Football Championship?
You can watch the Big Ten Football Championship on FOX.
What is the last Big Ten football team to win the national title?
The last Big Ten team to win the national title is Ohio State in 2014.
Who is the favorite to win the Big Ten?
The favorite to win the Big Ten is Ohio State with odds of -220.
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Dan writes about college football and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA Tour for Golfweek in Orlando. He filled several roles in his prior work as sports producer for the Lansing State Journal, where he hosted the Spartan Speak podcast, managed social media accounts, reported on stories and oversaw nightly production on print deadline. Dan also covered college football, basketball and recruiting as the Michigan State beat writer for 247Sports.