Despite not winning the Big Ten this past season for the first time since 2016, Ohio State opens as the heavy favorite to return to the top of the mountain in the upcoming campaign.
According to BetOnline.ag, Ohio State has the best odds to win the Big Ten this season. Wisconsin, predicted as the likely winner of the West Division, has the second-best odds, while Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska round out the top-five favorites to win the conference. Rutgers is the longest shot to win the conference, while Illinois, Maryland and Northwestern’s odds are all 100/1 or greater to win the Big Ten.
|Ohio State||1/2 (-200)|
|Penn State||12/1 (+1200)|
|Michigan State||25/1 (+2500)|
Ohio State has home matchups with Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers and Wisconsin, and will travel to face Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State. The Buckeyes are not scheduled to play Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska or Purdue this season.
Elsewhere around college football, Clemson is the heavy favorite to win the ACC. Oklahoma (+170) edges out Texas (+200) to win the Big 12, and oddsmakers also expect close battles in the PAC-12 (Oregon at +210, USC at +215) and SEC (Alabama at +100, Georgia at +135). Of all Power Five teams, Duke and Vanderbilt each have the lowest odds to win their respective conferences at 500/1.