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Odds To Win Big Ten Championship: Ohio State Poised To Four-Peat

Odds to Win Big Ten Championship

The 2019-20 season feels like so long ago as we wait in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic for the world to return to normal. Some have passed time by betting on simulated sports and esports, watching TV and movies or doing a full clean of their homes. However, I like to be more optimistic and look ahead at the 2020-21 college football season. The Big Ten had just one undefeated team last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and they are favored to win the conference again for the upcoming campaign.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released odds on which team will win the Big Ten championship in the 2020-21 season and has the Ohio State Buckeyes as the favorites at -225. They’re followed by the Michigan Wolverines at +350, the Penn State Nittany Lions at +900, the Wisconsin Badgers at +900 and the Iowa Hawkeyes at +1600 to round out the top five teams on the oddsboard.

Why Is Ohio State The Favorite?

Last year, the Buckeyes were the team to beat in the Big Ten and finished the campaign with a 13-1 record overall, the lone loss coming in the College Football Playoff semifinal to Clemson. Redshirt sophomore Justin Fields is favored to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy and he put together a terrific campaign in his first year as a starter, completing 67.2 percent of his passes while sporting an impressive 41:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, with two of those picks coming vs Clemson.

The Buckeyes will be without star running back J.K. Dobbins as he will make the jump to the NFL, however, Master Teague III performed well in the time he had last year, collecting 789 yards on 135 totes and scoring four touchdowns.

Additionally, OSU had the fifth-best recruiting class for 2020, bringing in three five-star recruits in wide receivers Julian Fleming (No. 1-ranked WR in the nation) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No. 5-ranked WR in the nation) and offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. (No. 1-ranked tackle in the nation). With weapons around Fields and a fortified offensive line, it’s no surprise to see the Buckeyes favored to win the Big Ten and positioned second on the oddsboard to win the national title.

Which Team Is Providing Value To Win The Big Ten?

Last year, I thought that Michigan was the team to beat and, well, I was wrong. This year I won’t make the same mistake and I think the Penn State Nittany Lions could be a team to watch. Penn State was actually quite strong last season with Sean Clifford under center for the first time. The redshirt sophomore threw for 2,654 yards, completing 59.2 percent of his passes, and had a 23:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

What excites me most about the Nittany Lions is that there was very little turnover from last year and in 2019-20 Penn State finished the season with an 11-2 record and ranked ninth in the AP Top 25.

The Lions also have the 15th-best recruiting class for this upcoming season, bringing in 11 four-star recruits, including three wide receivers and a tight end to bolster an offense that scored the third-most points in the Big Ten last year. Not sure if the Lions have what it takes to knock off the Buckeyes but at +900 it’s worth a shot.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the 2020 Big Ten championship:

Odds to Win the Big Ten Championship in 2020
Ohio State Buckeyes-225
Michigan Wolverines+350
Penn State Nittany Lions+900
Wisconsin Badgers+900
Iowa Hawkeyes+1600
Nebraska Cornhuskers+1600
Minnesota Golden Gophers+2500
Michigan State Spartans+3300
Indiana Hoosiers+4000
Illinois Fighting Illini+5000
Maryland Terrapins+5000
Northwestern Wildcats+5000
Purdue Boilermakers+5000
Rutgers Scarlet Knights+25000

Odds as of April 8 at Bovada

Reading Big Ten Championship Odds

At any NCAAF sportsbook, you’ll see futures odds that look something like so:

Ohio State -105

Michigan +250

Penn State +500

Wisconsin +900

The school with the minus sign (-) is the favorite. The rest are underdogs. When there are no minus signs and only plus signs (+), the team with the lowest odds is the fave. If Ohio State was at +105 instead of -105, they would still be the favorite in this scenario.

If you were to bet $100 on the Buckeyes, you’d get a payout of $195.24 – your $100 comes back along with your winnings of $95.24. Or, that same $100 on the Badgers would give you $1,000 – your original money is returned along with your prize of $900. Bets on dogs are riskier, which is why they come with bigger rewards. However, do your research before making any futures bet. Don’t take the underdog just because you think you’ll get a huge payday. Only take them if it makes the most sense.

To see how much you’d win based on the odds and bet amount, check out our Odds Calculator.

What is a College Football Futures Bet on Championship Odds?

This is a bet made on events that have yet to happen. It can be argued that all bets are on events that will occur in time, but futures bets can be made weeks or even months in advance. As soon as the odds are released, you can place your bet on a team in the Big Ten to win the conference. If you can take the odds early, it’s best to do so. The lines will move as teams slip and climb in the standings and you don’t want to be stuck with odds that have no value.