The Big 10 has been a perennial participant in the College Football Playoffs since the format has changed. Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State have all been a part of the football “Final Four.” Ohio State has dominated the Big 10 as of late. When their biggest rival, the Michigan Wolverines, hired Jim Harbaugh, many felt that Michigan would be right up there with the Buckeyes. Harbaugh has yet to unseat the Buckeyes, but the Wolverines and some others have come close.
Let’s break down this year’s favorite to win the Big 10, along with a smart pick and an underdog that could surprise everyone so you can plan your bets against their NCAA Football Conference Title odds.
Odds to Win the 2021 Big 10 Conference Championship – Picks to Consider
The Ohio State Buckeyes are once again favored to win the Big 10. Ohio State has a very advantageous schedule this season, with their toughest game being a non-conference clash in Columbus with the Oregon Ducks. The Buckeyes are a -170 to win the Big 10 this year. The Buckeyes are far and away the most talented team in the Big 10.
Even though we’re not sure how the quarterback position will play out, we know that Ohio State should run through the conference and find themselves in the Big 10 Championship game.
A smart pick is the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers don’t do anything fancy, and they just play good, old-fashioned football. A +900 to win the Big 10, the Badgers play a style of football that controls the clock and can keep the ball away from a powerful offense, such as Ohio State.
The Big 10 West isn’t very strong, so the Badgers should win the division. They’ll have one of the best defenses in the Big 10. On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line will be their strong suit. They’ll be able to grind out the clock with their strong running game, and if they need to throw the ball, quarterback Graham Mertz has the ability to throw the ball downfield.
Having Mertz under center will give the Badgers a dimension that they haven’t had in recent years, as he has the ability to move around in the pocket and throw the ball.
If the Badgers are fortunate enough to make it to the Big 10 title game and they meet up with Ohio State, they have the type of team that could give the Buckeyes fits. We’ll see if it all pans out.
At a +6000 to win the Big 10, we know that Michigan State is a big longshot. Mel Tucker has made changes in East Lansing, and slowly but surely, the Spartans program is getting better. Michigan State’s offense should be much improved from last season. They have a very deep group of receivers and a good running game.
Their defense will be their weakness, but new defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton is one of the top coordinators in the country, and he will get the Spartans defense playing as well as it can, even though they are void of talent.
If things fall the right way, the Spartans could shock everyone and make a run at the Big 10 title.