Big Ten to return Saturday, Oct. 24
The Big Ten conference has decided to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 24. Prior to the great news, the conferences had postponed the season on Aug. 11 because of concerns about COVID-19.
The 14 schools will play an eight-games-in-eight-weeks schedule.
Week 1 Big Ten Schedule
The Big Ten Championship Game will be played on Dec. 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, matching the East and West Division champions.
Buckeyes Are Big Ten Championship Favorites
The Ohio State University is favored to win its fifth consecutive Big Ten conference championship, and it doesn't look likely anybody is going to stop them.
They have Heisman hopeful quarterback Justin Fields back under center, and they added running back Trey Sermon to the offensive mix, as he is a graduate transfer from Oklahoma. That's just what the rest of the Big Ten did NOT need.
Ohio State won't get its ususal three to four weeks to knock off the rust against cupcake opponents, rather it faces Nebraska in the opener before a road game at Penn State on Oct. 31
The Buckeyes will be installed as double-digit favorites in the next five games and possibly six, but it depends what kind of team Michigan rolls out in the shortened season.
Ohio State 2020 Schedule
Oct. 24: vs. Nebraska
The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is now scheduled to take place from Columbus on Saturday, Dec. 12. (AP)
2020 Big 10 Championship Game Odds
Odds provided by FanDuel (IN, NJ, PA, WV & CO only)
How to read Futures OddsAmerican: Ohio State -300
Fractional: Ohio State 1/3
Decimal: Ohio State 1.33
Bettors placing a $100 wager on Ohio State would win $133, which includes your $100 stake.
Ohio State is a 5/2 betting favorite (Bet $100 to win $250) to win the 2020-21 College Football Playoff.
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The Buckeyes are overwhelming favorites to win the league title, but who is next in line should they stumble? Penn State (8/1) looks pretty tasty, but title hopes could be over in the second week as Ohio State visits Happy Valley on Halloween for what will presumably be a nationally televised night game and likely a 'white out' situation for the fans. The Nittany Lions are always a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes.
Outside of the Buckeyes, a road test at Michigan on Thanksgiving Day weekend appears to be the only looming tests for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State 2020 Schedule
Oct. 24: at Indiana
After that, Michigan (20/1) will be right there, but they do have to try and knock off the defending champs in their building in late November. The Wolverines might lead that all-time series 58-51-6, but the Buckeyes have won the past eight meetings, including a 56-27 shellacking of the Maize and Blue in The Big House last November.
The Wolverines haven't won a game in this rivalry since 2011, and they haven't dropped Ohio State in C-Bus since 2000. That fact alone makes them an unlikely championship contender, but they do get three other tough tests in Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin at home.
Michigan 2020 Schedule
Oct. 24: at Minnesota
Don't count out Wisconsin (5/1), either. Sure, they lost running back Jonathan Taylor to the NFL Draft, but the Badgers simply reload every season, and they always seem to have a sound run game and offensive line. That's just what they do. They also have a much easier road in the Big Ten West.They do go to Ann Arbor on Nov. 14 in an early-season test, but the rest of their conference road schedule features just Nebraska, Northwestern and Iowa. They also do not play Ohio State or Penn State, at least until a possible meeting in the league title game, so that helps their conference championship hopes tremendously.
Wisconsin 2020 Schedule
Oct. 24: vs. Illinois
Big Ten 2020 Schedule
The Big Ten released an eight-game conference-only schedule for all 14 teams. (Big Ten)
Week 1 - Oct. 24
Week 2 - Oct. 31
Week 3 - Nov. 7
Week 4 - Nov. 14
Week 5 - Nov. 21
Week 6 - Nov. 28
Week 7 - Dec. 5
Week 8 - Dec. 12
The 2020 Win Total betting market was taken off the board due to the shortened schedules in college football this season. Listed below are the win totals prior to several conferences postponing their seasons.
2020 Big 10 Win TotalsIllinois Fighting Illini: Over 5 -110 Under 5 -110
Indiana Hoosiers: Over 7½ -155 Under 7½ +135
Iowa Hawkeyes: Over 7 -140 Under 7 +120
Maryland Terrapins: Over 3½ -150 Under 3½ +130
Michigan Wolverines: Over 9 -115 Under 9 -105
Michigan State Spartans: Over 4½ -110 Under 4½ -110
Minnesota Golden Gophers: Over 9 +130 Under 9 -150
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Over 6½ -120 Under 6½ +105
Northwestern Wildcats: Over 5½ -105 Under 5½ -115
Ohio State Buckeyes: Over 11 -135 Under 11 +115
Penn State Nittany Lions: Over 9½ -200 Under 9½ +175
Purdue Boilermakers: Over 5 -105 Under 5 -115
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Over 2½ +135 Under -155
Wisconsin Badgers: Over 9½ +175 Under 9½ -210
Big Ten Win Totals to Watch
As mentioned above, the Badgers do not have to play Ohio State or Penn State during the regular season, so an Over 9½ (+175) bet is awfully attractive on Wisconsin. That's quite a return. Yes, they do travel to play Michigan, and they have a neutral-site battle with Notre Dame at Lambeau Field right after that. Whether or not this prop cashes might come down to the regular-season finale when they battle Iowa on the road for the Heartland Trophy and a potential 10th win.
It's been a slow-go for Nebraska since they joined the Big Ten. They used to be perennial national title contenders in the old Big 8, and then Big 12, days. However, since moving to Big Ten in 2011 they have lost at least four games in each of their nine seasons, including an average of just 5.6 victories across the past five seasons. The Huskers have won a total of just nine games in the first two seasons under Scott Frost, but he has his alma mater pointed in the right direction. Nebraska does avoid Michigan, and they have to travel to Ohio State on Halloween, but they also have a cakewalk of a home schedule featuring Purdue, Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Cincinnati and Illinois, before facing Penn State and Minnesota to close out the home slate. They should win at least four games at home, and they have a more than good shot at topping Northwestern and Rutgers on the road. Over 6½ (-120) wins looks awfully attractive for Nebraska.
If you're looking for an Under play, going under 7½ (-155) on Indiana might be a sound investment. Under bettors are likely to be getting a little nervous, with the Indiana Hoosiers projected to be 3-1 heading into October after what should be a loss at Wisconsin to open, followed by wins over Western Kentucky, Ball State and Connecticut. They get a bye Oct. 3 before facing Maryland on Oct. 10, and that could be a win, too, before traveling to Rutgers. The Hoosiers could very well be 5-1 heading into Oct. 24 against Michigan State, but that's when it all goes downhill. They have a murderer's row of games against Sparty, Penn State, Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan. They could very well lose all of those games and need a win against Purdue in the finale for the Old Oaken Bucket and a possible return to bowl season. Even if they win a game or two in November, this schedule doesn't look good for eight or more wins.
How do I bet Win Totals?
College Football Win Totals can be grouped into future wagers since you’re betting on the outcome of a school over the course of a season and its production. Oddsmakers set a number prior to the season on how many wins a team will finish with at the end of their regular season schedule.
The majority of college football teams play 12 games and Win Total wagers do not include postseason matchups. Those matchups include conference title contests, bowls or playoff games. Some sportsbooks have rules on these wagers where a team must play ‘all’ 12 regular season games or the wager is void. It’s not uncommon to see games postponed throughout the season due to weather in the United States.
After the number is set, you either bet ‘over’ or ‘under’ on the Win Total. The number of wins is created to get the most two-way action for over and under wagers and if the sportsbook believes one side will receive more action, they normally add a higher tax (juice) on that wager.
Example: Wisconsin Badgers Under 9½ (-210)
Instead of making Wisconsin Under 10 wins, the oddsmakers will make bettors lay $210 to win $100 for the Badgers to finish with records worse than 12-0, 11-1 or 10-2. If a team lands directly on the Win Total number set, then the bet is refunded and called in the industry as a push.
The 2020 "Game of the Year" betting market was taken off the board as four major college football conferences postponed their fall seasons. Listed below are the odds for the key matchups posted prior to those announcements.
Big 10 Game of the Year Odds
Game of the Year Odds in college football are easy to understand and it gives bettors the ability to place early wages on anticipated matchups for the upcoming college football season. Sportsbooks are currently offering point-spreads and money-line wagers for the Game of the Year odds and once you lock in your bet, that's the line you'll keep regardless of what happens between the time that you placeed the wager and up until kickoff.
The Big 10 currently has 26 games highlighted for bettors for the 2020 college football season, featuring both non-conference and conference matchups.
Must See Non-Conference Matchups
Must See Big 10 Matchups
2020 Big 10 Game of the Year Odds Matchups
2020 Big Ten Heisman Trophy Contenders
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college football and it's become a popular betting market. Prior to and during the regular season, oddsmakers open and adjust their numbers on the top contenders and some of the returns have been very generous.
It's been a while since the Big Ten has captured the Heisman Trophy, the last instance coming in 2006 when Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the award. Coincidentally, this year's top betting choice to win the award is another Buckeyes quarterback -- Justin Fields. The Ohio State standout is listed at 5/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $500) to capture the Heisman this December.
Odds to win 2020 Heisman Trophy(Position, Big 10 Player, School, Odds)
What is the Big 10 Championship?
The Big Ten expanded to 12 teams prior to the 2011 season when Nebraska left the Big 12. That opened the door for a conference championship, which is played at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. The conference welcomed Maryland and Rutgers in 2014, pushing the field to 14. Every December, the top teams from the East and West divisions in the Big Ten meet in the championship game.
2020 Big Ten Championship
Big 10 Championship Game Betting History
The 2020 title game will be the 10th championship game in the Big Ten. In the first nine meetings, favorites have gone 5-4 straight up (SU) but underdogs have produced a 6-2-1 record against the spread (ATS).
This matchup has seen some fireworks through the first nine installments with the winning team averaging 40.5 points per game.
That effort has helped the 'over' go 6-3.