Welcome to the suddenly but not surprisingly popular Big Ten. The conference is great to watch and even better to bet on.
Thanks in large part to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Head coach Urban Meyer’s next-next-next man up philosophy led to a National Championship. In the process it made the Buckeyes the perfect success story for the first college football playoff.
The Buckeyes’ National Championship victory was powered by their third-string quarterback who beat a high-powered offense operated by a flyin’ Hawaiian Heisman winner and future second-overall pick.
And let’s not forget about khaki fever in Michigan. The Wolverines newest head coach will be as intriguing as The Donald to watch. Jim Harbaugh’s transition from Stanford to the 49ers and how back to his alma mater will be talked about all season. His fiery, bi-polar temperament will make the Wolverines must watch.
Other top Big Ten programs like Wisconsin and Nebraska are great bets as well. They are both under new leadership and have quarterbacks that are ready to light up the scoreboards.
Who is the odds on favorite to win the Big Ten? Can you bet on anyone except for the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten?
2015 Odds to Win the Big Ten Championship
Ohio State -150
(14-1 in 2014; beat Oregon in College Football Playoff title game)
The Buckeyes (14-1 SU, 10-5 ATS) are the odds on favorite to win the 2016 national championship – and for good reason. Ohio State has three outstanding quarterbacks that could all start for any team in the country. Throw in a total of 14 returning starters on both sides of the ball and an elite running back and you have the makings of a team that could win their second straight national championship this coming season.
— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) August 31, 2015
Michigan State +300
(11-2; beat Baylor in Cotton Bowl)
Michigan State (11-2 SU, 9-4 ATS) has 13 returning starters from its 2014 team but the Spartans are also going to have to replace their two biggest playmakers from last season in wide receiver Tony Lippett and running back Jeremy Langford.
(11-3; beat Auburn in Outback Bowl)
The Badgers (11-3 SU, 6-8 ATS) may have lost superstar running back Melvin Gordon, but they’ve got another elite running back in junior Corey Clement. First-year head coach Paul Chryst is hoping quarterback Joel Stave and Wisconsin ‘s anemic passing attack will improve moving forward.
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) August 30, 2015
(9-4; lost to USC in Holiday Bowl)
First-year head coach Mike Riley has talent to work with, but Nebraska (9-4 SU, 8-4-1 ATS) will only go as far as quarterback Tommy Armstrong takes them. The Cornhuskers will also have to overcome the loss of elite defensive end Randy Gregory.
— Grantland (@Grantland33) August 25, 2015
(8-5; lost to Missouri in Citrus Bowl)
The Gophers (9-4 SU, 8-4-1 ATS) won nine games a year ago behind their powerful rushing attack. Minnesota will have to find a new starting running back following the graduation of starter David Cobb.
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) August 28, 2015
Michigan (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS) won just five games last season, but I fully expect new head coach Jim Harbaugh to make a huge difference for the Wolverines right away, even though he’ll need a new starting quarterback this coming season.
Penn State +1700
(7-6; beat Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl)
Widely-respected head coach James Franklin had a solid first season at Penn State (7-6 SU, 6-6-1 ATS) and has one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Christian Hackenberg.
(7-6; lost to Tennessee in Taxslayer Bowl)
Iowa (7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS) won seven games last season, but the Hawkeyes need to find suitable replacements for starting tackles Brandon Scherff and Andrew Donnal.
(8-5; beat North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl)
The Scarlet Knights (8-5 SU, 8-5 ATS) managed to record eight wins in 2014, but they’ve got just nine returning starters, meaning a smell trouble in 2015.
(7-6; lost to Stanford in Foster Farms Bowl)
Maryland (7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS) needs to find a suitable replacement for quarterback C.J. Brown whilst upgrading an offensive line that allowed 36 sacks last season.
Rounding out the 2015 Odds to win the Big Ten are:
- Northwestern (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, +5500),
- Illinois (6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS, +6000)
- Indiana (4-8 SU, 4-7-1 ATS, +6000)
- Purdue (3-9 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, +8000).