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Ohio State Atop Big Ten College Football Championship Odds

The Big Ten has been one of the most hotly contested conferences in all of college football in recent memory. Four different programs have claimed the conference crown in the past six seasons – with Ohio State and Michigan State winning twice each in that span. However, coming off a 12-2 season and a Cotton Bowl victory in 2017, the Ohio State Buckeyes are +150 favorites to win back-to-back Big Ten championships this season.

Big Ten Betting Favorite: Ohio State Buckeyes

The No. 1 question Ohio State needs to answer is “how will Dwayne Haskins play?” J.T. Barrett finally exhausted his eligibility last season – after what feels like 20 years – and now the starting gig belongs to Haskins. The redshirt sophomore has a cannon for an arm and looked great in his limited exposure in 2017.

Luckily for Haskins, there will be plenty of weapons around him. The backfield also features J.K. Dobbins – arguably the best freshman running back in the country last season – and the steady presence of Mike Weber. And though the receiving unit doesn’t have any standout players, the top seven pass-catchers return from last season’s team.

Defensively, Ohio State should be excellent as always. Though the linebacker position is a bit of a question mark and the loss of Denzel Ward in the secondary will hurt, the Buckeyes could possess one of the best defensive lines in the nation. Nick Bosa will undoubtedly be in the conversation for the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and fellow youngster Chase Young should spend his season in the opponent’s backfield.

Are there some concerns for Ohio State? Yes. But it is nothing that the Buckeyes have not overcome before.

Can Michigan Finally Get Over The Hump?

Jim Harbaugh was supposed to be the savior of the Michigan program and though he has certainly made them a much better team, the Wolverines have yet to take the next step under the coach. In three years in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh has led Michigan to a 28-11 record but has never finished better than third in the East Division and has lost two of three bowl games.

The offense was a complete mess last season, as Harbaugh and his coaches simply asked too much from a lot of young players. However, bringing in transfer Shea Patterson should be a boon for Michigan. The former five-star recruit flashed during his time with Ole Miss and will likely be the best signal-caller Harbaugh has had since joining the team. Who helps Patterson is the question, with few players standing out last season and the offensive line remaining a question mark.

You can guarantee one thing – Michigan’s defense will be one of the best in the country. The Wolverines defense returns almost all of its starters from last season – including every member of the secondary. There is no weak link on the defensive end and Michigan could make a massive jump if the offense can finally throw the defense a bone.

Personally, I don’t think Michigan has the talent on offense to compete for the Big Ten championship. Patterson is good but not good enough to carry a bunch of unproven sophomores. And though the defense will be great, it might not be enough to get the Wolverines to the promised land.

Team To Avoid: Penn State Nittany Lions

Most people will see Saquon Barkley is out in Happy Valley and think well enough to avoid Penn State. But the offense should not be the problem for the Nittany Lions. Trace McSorley is a good quarterback, wide receiver Juwan Johnson is a matchup nightmare and four starting offensive linemen are holdovers.

The big issue comes on defense.

Penn State will need to replace the bulk of its starting defense. Yes, defensive end and the secondary appear to be deep enough to make up for departures there but how do James Franklin and company patch up the middle of the defense? Defensive tackle and linebacker are looking like a big concern – something that is amplified when you consider Penn State plays the likes of Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin this season.

Penn State can keep up offensively in the Big Ten but how do they stop anyone? And though we glossed over Barkley, the running back did account for more than a third of the team’s offense last season. The ceiling is high for Penn State but the floor is dangerously low in 2018.

2018 Big Ten College Football Conference Betting Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes+150
Wisconsin Badgers+250
Michigan Wolverines+375
Penn State Nittany Lions+600
Michigan State Spartans+800
Iowa Hawkeyes+2200
Nebraska Cornhuskers+3000
Northwestern Wildcats+4500
Purdue Boilermakers+6500
Minnesota Golden Gophers+7500
Maryland Terrapins+15000
Indiana Hoosiers+15000
Illinois Fighting Illini+50000
Rutgers Scarlet Knights+50000

Odds as of August 29 at Bovada