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Big Ten Football Betting Guide & Tips

Big Ten Football Betting Guide & Tips
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It was once referred to as the Big Two and Little Eight, given how Michigan and Ohio State dominated the Big Ten from the 1960s into the 1980s. Today’s Big Ten is far more balanced, offering a number of quality wagering opportunities for college football betting fans, and presenting a depth rivaled nationally by only the SEC.

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 in the Big Ten each weekend.

Check out our other Power 5 conference betting guides: SEC | ACC | Big 12 | Pac-12

Big Ten Football Odds 2019

TeamOdds
Ohio State+125View All Odds
Michigan+250View All Odds
Penn State+750View All Odds
Michigan State+1000View All Odds
Nebraska+1400View All Odds
Wisconsin+1600View All Odds
Northwestern+2000View All Odds
Iowa+2500View All Odds
Purdue+2500View All Odds
Maryland+4000View All Odds
Minnesota+5000View All Odds
Indiana+6000View All Odds
Illinois+10000View All Odds
RutgersN/AView All Odds

To check out the latest odds or make a wager, go to our College Football Futures Odds!

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:

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 Indiana fights a constant battle for relevance. 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

Michigan and Ohio State get all the headlines, perhaps eclipsing the fact that the league’s middle class is a dangerous group that can occasionally upset the Big Two and reach the Big Ten Championship.

Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State are all proud programs that even in mediocre seasons can challenge the Buckeyes or Wolverines when playing at home. Purdue and Northwestern can even surprise on occasion. That equals a lot of home underdogs that are worth considering over the course of the season.

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 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.


The Big Ten Football Championship game has seen underdogs rise up.
The Big Ten Football Championship game has seen underdogs rise up.

Big 10 Football Championship Betting

Implemented for the 2011 season after the conference expanded to 12 teams with the addition of Nebraska, the Big 10 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 won five of the first eight 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.

Big Ten Football Championship FAQs

  • When is the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game? The 2019 Big 12 Championship is Dec. 7, 2019.
  • Where is the 2019 Big Ten Championship? The 2019 Big Ten Championship is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Can I bet on the Big Ten Championship Game? Yes, you can bet on the Big 12 Championship Game if you live in one of the states that has legalized sports betting.
  • 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 +125.

Recent Big Ten Football Championship Game Results

YearWinnerLoserScoreLineO/U
2018Ohio StateNorthwestern45-24OSU -16.563
2017Ohio StateWisconsin27-21OSU -3.551
2016Penn StateWisconsin38-31WISC -345
2015Michigan StateIowa16-13MSU -350
2014Ohio StateWisconsin59-0WISC -454
2013Michigan StateOhio State34-24OSU -5.553.5
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