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Big Ten Football: With Meyer Gone, Is It Finally Michigan’s Time?

Shea Patterson Michigan Wolverines

The Big Ten Conference is never short on storylines, and the race to be crowned the Big Ten champion in the 2019 season is Ohio State’s to lose, according to oddsmakers.

The Buckeyes are the +105 favorites to win the title at Bovada, with Michigan (+225), Penn State (+1000), Wisconsin (+1450), Nebraska (+1500), Michigan State (+1800), Iowa (+2500), Northwestern (+2800), Purdue (+3500) and Minnesota (+5000) rounding out the top 10. Indiana (+7500), Maryland (+7500), Illinois (+22500) and Rutgers (+50000) are the extreme long shots.

Post-Meyer Era Begins for Buckeyes

For the first time in years, the Big Ten looks wide open right now. That’s because the Buckeyes will be without head coach Urban Meyer, who went 58-5 SU in conference play in seven years at the school. Ohio State is still stacked with talent, yet it’s going to be interesting to see how the team fares in the post-Meyer era.

The Door is Open for Michigan

Meyer’s departure could open the door for Michigan. The Wolverines haven’t been able to get over the hump since coach Jim Harbaugh came back to his alma mater, and an 0-4 SU record against Ohio State is a big reason for it. Shea Patterson looks like the best quarterback in the Big Ten, and the defense figures to be good enough to get the job done. If the Wolverines are going to make a long-awaited appearance in the College Football Playoff, this is the year they need to do it.

It’s Been Tough Sledding for the Big Ten West

No Big Ten West team has won the conference since the divisions were rearranged prior to the 2014 campaign, and it’s going to be tough for any of the West clubs to end the drought this season. Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern will be competitive, but I just don’t see them topping any of the teams in the East.

The time could be coming for the West to close the gap on the East, but don’t expect that to happen in 2019.

Who do you think is going to win the Big Ten? Have your say in the comment section.

Odds to Win the Big Ten Championship in 2019
Ohio State+105
Penn State+1000
Michigan State+1800

Odds as of July 19 at Bovada