The college football season is coming fast and the Big Ten will have three teams playing in Week 0 including a conference matchup between Nebraska vs. Northwestern on FOX live from Dublin, Ireland.
The Big Ten has established itself on par or close to with the SEC when it comes to revenue and these two conferences are set to rule the college football world for years to come, at least by their income levels.
Ohio State Buckeyes
In looking at this Ohio State squad compared to the other editions head coach Ryan Day has put on the gridiron, this might be his best, at least before the season starts.
Though we would not ever recommend placing a large sum of money on NCAAF futures bets, here are two that seem comfortable to make.
- Ohio State to Win the Big Ten (-210)
- Ohio State Season Win Total Over 10.5 (-225)
Ohio State Is the Dominate Force in the Big Ten
First, let’s get this out of the way, neither wager offers any value, but it points to two things.
Top-rated sportsbooks are clearly stating the Buckeyes are far and away the best team in the conference. As far as having such heavily juiced college football odds on a season win total, the only aspect that makes sense is the books would rather take a chance with Ohio State losing twice at these odds with the number of bets already placed than paying out everyone on a Push at O/U 11.
No question this is square action, but the idea is to win. We often have no problem betting on a baseball, a UFC fighter, or an NFL moneyline favorite at these prices or higher, so what makes this so outrageous?
This Ohio State offense could be as prolific as LSU and Alabama of the last few years with C.J. Stroud at the controls. If new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles can work the magic he did at Oklahoma State, we will likely have a Bama vs. Buckeyes title game rematch.
NCAAF Pick: Ohio State to Win the Big Ten (-210) at BetOnline
NCAAF Pick: Ohio State Season Win Total Over 10.5 (-225) at BetOnline
What is the difference between a 10-win season for Wisconsin or an 8-win season? Quarterback QB Graham Mertz and the offensive line.
- Wisconsin Season Win Total Over 8.5 (-140)
Wisconsin Is the Most Complete Team in the Big Ten West
After an electric start to his career as the best quarterback recruit in Badger history, Mertz has settled in at above average with (Nebraska) Adrian Martinez tendencies. Maybe Mertz needs more help on the perimeter, yet, his decision-making is too often questionable. If he’s as elite as projected, this has to be the year.
After sending a revolving door of offensive linemen to the NFL, that’s not the case of late in Madison. The Wisconsin O-Line can still run over Rutgers and Illinois and put up 300 yards on the ground, but against the Big Ten upper echelon, that’s become an issue.
The Wisconsin defense has eight starters back and should again be among the Top 10 in the country. There are three likely stumbling blocks to 2022, at Columbus, East Lansing and Iowa City. Even if Wisconsin fails at the latter two, they still win this wager.
NCAAF Pick: Wisconsin Season Win Total Over 8.5 (-140) at BetOnline
We purposely separated Michigan and Ohio State because you know, it’s those fan bases. Michigan kicked down the scarlet and gray wall last season and won the Big Ten, finally.
- Michigan Season Win Total Over 9.5 (-115)
Michigan Is Better Than Most Believe
Coach Jim Harbaugh’s new staff invigorated the entire football program by jumping into this decade of modern college football. After losing several really talented players from last season, Michigan is in a position to reload, not rebuild.
With a manageable opening four games, the new quarterback and offensive line have time to find themselves, using the running game with a collection of backs. The defensive pass rush won’t be as domineering as last year. However, the overall team speed will cover up early mistakes.
The Wolverines are not beating Ohio State again. Michigan has Penn State and Michigan State at home, which will help, and beating Iowa on the road appears to be the only blemish besides the Buckeyes. Take the Over.
NCAAF Pick: Michigan Season Win Total Over 9.5 (-115) at BetOnline
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