2014 Big Ten Football Betting Preview

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Ohio State and Michigan State both went undefeated in Big Ten conference play last season, with the Spartans topping the Buckeyes 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship Game. It’s Ohio State, though, that has the edge on the odds to win the Big Ten championship heading into the season.

At Bodog the Buckeyes are listed as the 10/11 favorites on the Big Ten championship odds, with the Spartans behind them on those college football betting lines at 15/4. Ohio State topped the Leaders Division last season with an 8-0 record, and Michigan State ended up atop the Legends Division with an 8-0 record.

Wisconsin is then next on those Bodog odds at 9/2 to win the Big Ten championship in 2014, with Nebraska at 11/2, Michigan at 9/1, and Iowa rounding out the true conference contenders at 14/1. Of those teams the Badgers had the best record in Big 12 play last season at 6-2, ending up two games behind Ohio State in the Leaders Division.

Northwestern then sits at 40/1, with Minnesota at 66/1, both Indiana and Maryland at 100/1, Illinois and Rutgers at 200/1, and Purdue at 300/1. The Boilermakers didn’t have any success at all in Big Ten play last season, losing all eight of their conference matchups.

2014 Odds to Win the Big Ten Championship at Bodog
Ohio State 10/11
Michigan State 15/4
Wisconsin 9/2
Nebraska 11/2
Michigan 9/1
Iowa 14/1
Northwestern 40/1
Minnesota 66/1
Indiana 100/1
Maryland 100/1
Illinois 200/1
Rutgers 200/1
Purdue 300/1

2014 Odds to Win the Big Ten East Division at Bodog
Ohio State 2/5
Michigan State 13/5
Michigan 5/1
Indiana 33/1
Maryland 50/1
Rutgers 100/1

2014 Odds to Win the Big Ten West Division at Bodog
Wisconsin 6/5
Nebraska 3/2
Iowa 5/1
Minnesota 12/1
Northwestern 18/1
Illinois 33/1
Purdue 100/1

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The best team in the Big Ten last season was not eligible for the conference championship game, but that is not the case in 2013.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to pick up where they left off after their 12-0 run in their quest for a national title.

Ohio State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 7/1)

The Buckeyes went a perfect 12-0 straight-up last season but they were just 7-5 against the spread. They did cover in their final four games. Ohio State comes in this season as the clear favorite to win the Big Ten and a third-favorite to win the BCS title.

Michigan (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 33/1)

The Wolverines will look to improve upon an 8-5 SU record last season that included a 6-2 SU run through the conference. They went 6-7 ATS overall and 2-4 ATS on the road. The total went OVER in four of their last five games.

Nebraska (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 50/1)

In their second season in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers made their presence felt by winning the Legends Division at 7-1 SU. They were 10-4 SU overall but just 6-7-1 ATS.

Wisconsin (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 75/1)

The Badgers were 8-6 SU (6-8 ATS) last season and 5-4 SU in conference play. They went 2-4 SU and ATS down the stretch including a 20-14 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl as 4-point underdogs.

Michigan State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 100/1)

The best bet on the Spartans (7-6 SU) last season was on the total line with 10 of 13 games staying UNDER the total. They went 5-8 ATS overall and 1-7 ATS at home.

Northwestern (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 150/1)

The Wildcats could be the team to watch in the Big Ten this season after going 10-3 SU and an extremely profitable 12-1 ATS in 2012.

Iowa (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog 500/1)

The Hawkeyes won just two games SU in the Big Ten last season on their way to an overall record of 4-8 SU and ATS.

Illinois (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog OFF)

This had to be the most disappointing team in the Big Ten last season with zero victories in conference play and a 2-10 SU (3-9 ATS) record overall.

Indiana (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog OFF)

The Hoosiers went 4-8 SU and 6-6 ATS but they were a solid play on the total line with eight of 11 games going OVER the total.

Minnesota (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog OFF)

The Golden Gophers stumbled to a 2-6 SU record in the Big Ten and they went 6-7 SU and ATS overall. They failed to cover in six of their last nine games.

Penn State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog OFF)

Despite all the off-field issues the Nittany Lions turned in a solid 6-2 SU mark in conference play and an 8-4 SU record overall. They were a profitable 9-2-1 ATS that included a 4-0-1 ATS record on the road.

Purdue (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bodog OFF)

The Boilermakers were 6-7 both SU and ATS last season with the total going OVER in eight of 12 games.

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