For the first time in five years, the Big Ten championship wasn’t won by the Ohio State Buckeyes last year, with Michigan toppling Iowa in the title game.
Entering 2022, though, the Buckeyes are favored to regain their crown. At sportsbook Sportsbook, Ohio State is the heavy favorite in 2022 Big Ten football championship odds at -210, ahead of Michigan (+550) and Wisconsin (+900).
Below, we break down these odds to win the Big Ten football championship and provide our best bets and a few Big Ten football odds value picks. If you’re looking to improve your college football betting knowledge, check out our Heisman Trophy odds and our updated national championship odds.
Ohio State Leads 2022 Big Ten Football Championship Odds
|Ohio State Buckeyes||-210|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+1600|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||+2800|
|Michigan State Spartans||+3300|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||+20000|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||+50000|
Odds as of August 9 at Sportsbook
As -210 favorites, the Buckeyes have an implied chance of 67.74 percent to win the Big Ten championship. Check out our odds calculator for more details.
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Why Ohio State Is Clear Big Ten Championship Odds Fave
In his first season with Ohio State, quarterback C.J. Stroud passed for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and just six interceptions. However, his Heisman-caliber dominance wasn’t enough to prevent two costly losses last fall.
Looking to climb back to the top of the Big Ten this year, the Buckeyes poached defensive coordinator Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State, which had one of the best defenses in the country with a top pass rush. We know the talent Ohio State has on attack, so if Knowles can massage the defense into top form, this Buckeyes team should steamroll the Big Ten and compete for a national title.
Better Betting Option: Michigan Vs Wisconsin
If you don’t want to bet on Ryan Day’s boys in Ohio, your next-best 2022 Big Ten football championship odds options are probably the Wolverines and Badgers.
While the Wisconsin defense was elite last year, most of that unit isn’t back in 2022. The Badgers could get a step up from QB Graham Mertz, but with questions on both sides of the ball this year, we’re leaning Michigan as our best bet.
Jim Harbaugh is back this year and looking to build on a huge Wolverines season with an appearance in the College Football Playoff and a win over Ohio State to take the conference in 2021-22. With a returning QB and solid rushing weapons, Michigan should be able to overcome the loss of Aidan Hutchinson on defense and compete for the Big Ten again.
Iowa Great Value At +2000
The Iowa Hawkeyes were 10-4 last season, including 7-2 within the Big Ten. At some points they were a top-five team in the country and looked like a potential playoff competitor.
Sure, they lost dominant center Tyler Linderbaum to the Ravens and Dane Belton to the Giants in the NFL draft, but most of this team is returning in 2023. The Hawkeyes lost four players to the NFL draft in 2021 and came back stronger last season. If they can take another step forward this year, they could be the best Big Ten odds value on this board.
Big Ten Championship History
|2020||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|2019||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|2018||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|2017||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|2016||Penn State Nittany Lions|
|2015||Michigan State Spartans|
|2014||Ohio State Buckeyes|
Reading Big Ten Championship Odds
At any NCAAF sportsbook, you’ll see futures odds that look something like so:
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 the Buckeyes were at +110 instead of -240, they would still be the favorite in this scenario.
If you were to bet $100 on Ohio State, you’d get a payout of $141.67 – your $100 comes back along with your winnings of $41.67. Or, that same $100 on the Badgers or Wolverines would give you $1,100 – your original money is returned along with your prize of $1,000. 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.