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Big 10 Championship Game History

 
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The Big Ten Championship Game will match division winners against one another and the 2022 installment is scheduled for Dec. 3, 2022.

The Big Ten conference currently has 14 members, divided into two divisions.

Prior to expansion, the conference was divided in the "Leaders" and "Legends" divisions with six schools in each conference.

Big Ten East

  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Maryland Terrapins
  • Michigan Wolverines
  • Michigan State Spartans
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Penn State Nittany Lions
  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Big Ten West

  • Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Northwestern Wildcats
  • Purdue Boilermakers
  • Wisconsin Badgers

The conference championship game began in 2011 and the event takes place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Big Ten Championship History
Year Matchup Line Score ATS Result
2021 Michigan-Iowa Michigan -12.5 (43.5) Michigan 42-3 Favorite-Over
2020 Ohio State-Northwestern Ohio State -17 (57.5) Ohio State 22-10 Underdog-Under
2019 Ohio State-Wisconsin Ohio State -17 (57.5) Ohio State 34-21 Underdog-Under
2018 Ohio State-Northwestern Ohio State -16.5 (63) Ohio State 45-24 Favorite-Over
2017 Ohio State-Wisconsin Ohio State -3.5 (51) Ohio State 27-21 Favorite-Under
2016 Penn State-Wisconsin Wisconsin -3 (45) Penn State 38-31 Underdog-Over
2015 Iowa-Michigan State Michigan State -3 (50) Michigan State 16-13 Push-Under
2014 Wisconsin-Ohio State Wisconsin -4 (54) Ohio State 59-0 Underdog-Over
2013 Michigan State-Ohio State Ohio State -5.5 (53.5) Michigan State 34-24 Underdog-Over
2012 Wisconsin-Nebraska Nebraska -2.5 (48) Wisconsin 70-31 Underdog-Over
2011 Wisconsin-Michigan State Wisconsin -9.5 (56) Wisconsin 42-39 Underdog-Over

Big Ten Betting History Results & Notes

Betting Results - Favorites vs. Underdogs - Total (Over-Under)
Wager Straight Up (SU) Against the Spread (ATS) Total (Over-Under)
Results 7-4 3-7-1 4-7

History - Betting Notes

  • The Big Ten East has gone 9-2 all-time in the title game.
  • Favorites have gone 7-4 straight-up in the first 10 Big Ten title games.
  • The point-spread has mattered with underdogs going 7-3-1 ATS.
  • We've seen plenty of points in the Big Ten Championship, which has led to a 7-4 'over' record.
  • Wisconsin and Ohio State both own the most appearances with six.
  • The Buckeyes have the most titles (5) and that includes a current run of four.

Big Ten Championship Historical Notes

Wisconsin won each of the first two Big Ten championships in the underdog role, beating Michigan State in 2011 and Nebraska in 2012.

The Badgers claimed the "Leaders" division title both times, but the second instance was by default after Ohio State and Penn State were deemed ineligible for postseason play.

After failing to cash as 9 ½-point favorites against Michigan State in 2011, the Badgers destroyed the Cornhuskers, 70-31 as short underdogs in 2012. The 'over' easily cashed both times, hitting by at least 25 points in the first two title games.

In 2014, Ohio State pulled off the first shutout in the history of Power 5 conference championships (55 games), throttling Wisconsin 59-0 despite being a four-point underdog.

Penn State captured the 2016 title game with a 38-31 win over Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions rallied from a 21-point deficit and outscored the Badgers 24-3 in the second half.

Ohio State became the first favorite to cover in the 2017 edition of this game by holding off Wisconsin, 27-21, while handing the Badgers their first loss of the season.

In 2018, the Buckeyes were able to cover as favorites for the second consecutive season, rolling to a conference title while dismissing Northwestern in their first-ever appearance in the big game. OSU pulled off its third straight Big 10 title as the Buckeyes rallied past Wisconsin, 34-21 in 2019, but failed to cash as 17-point favorites.

Ohio State played only five regular season games in 2020, but topped Northwestern to capture another conference title, 22-10. The Buckeyes beat the Wildcats for the second time in three seasons, but OSU scored their fewest points ever in a Big 10 title game.

Michigan made its first-ever title game appearance in 2021, and it routed Iowa 42-3 for the easy cover and 'over' result, punching its ticket to the College Football Playoff in the process. It was a rather surprising result, as Michigan (+2500) had rather long odds to win the conference in the preseason.


  
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