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College Football Betting: Big Ten Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 7/29/2015 1:52:07 AM

Ohio State won the national championship last season and are the odds on favourite to repeat this year. They have embarrassment of riches when it comes to talent but part of the reason they are so heavily favoured is that nobody is giving any of their competition in the Big Ten much of a shot of slowing them down. It is easy to see why.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Odds to win Big Ten: -400

With the announcement of Braxton Miller moving to receiver/h-back the odds of the Buckeyes dropped even lower. The QB battle has dominated the headlines and now the picture has become a little simpler while also improving the available weapons of whoever is going to lead the attack. They still have Ezekiel Elliott at RB, an experienced line and some defensive playmakers. I am not saying this is a perfect team but it is hard to find a weakness other than complacency right now.

Michigan State Spartans

+800

I just heard a scenario that has Michigan State and Ohio State into the playoffs this season. Without elaborating completely this is a very good MSU team led by a senior quarterback - Connor Cook. They have to travel to the Horseshoe this season which is going to be an awfully tough game to win and that is likely the difference between them and the Buckeyes playing in the B10 title game. MSU has proven that they can reload of late and will have to after finally losing their defensive coordinator this offseason.

Wisconsin Badgers

+1000

Wisconsin is going through more transition with HC Paul Chryst coming home from Pitt to lead the team. Chryst was the offensive coordinator before leaving so don’t expect too much of a deviation from what we are used to seeing in Madison - if you don’t like power running football then look away. The West is the lighter of the two divisions this season and will be a heavy underdog against whoever they might play in the title game. Underestimating the Badgers, either to get that far, or just in general, is not a smart strategy.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

+1400

The Huskers also have a new coach as Mike Riley heads East from Oregon State. Even though he had some pretty nifty passing attacks in the PAC12 look for Riley to try and get back to the roots of Nebraska football led by running QB Tommy Armstrong. They will be breaking in new starters on the offensive line that will have to perform though while the defense will have new starters at lots of key positions. There are probably three teams that could finish second in the West and Nebraska is one of them.

Projected Standings

East Division:

1. Ohio State

2. Michigan State

3. Michigan

4. Penn State

5. Indiana

6. Rutgers

7. Maryland

West Division

1. Wisconsin

2. Minnesota

3. Nebraska

4. Iowa

5. Northwestern

6. Purdue

7. Illinois

Best Bet: Ohio State

Best Value: Michigan State

OSU is a huge favourite and for good reason but Sparty controls their own destiny. All they have to do is go on the road and beat the Buckeyes. Other than that no team in the East should challenge and they would be a favourite against every team in the West. It would be a sweet payoff, though unlikely given the hype.

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