Big Ten Conference Outlook: Buckeyes Lead The Way

  • Ohio State has -300 odds to win the Big Ten East and is -225 to win the conference.
  • Wisconsin (+140) and Iowa (+200) are set to duel in the Big Ten West.
  • Ohio State is the only Big Ten team within the top 12 favorites for the National Championship.

INDIANAPOLIS – Ohio State has won the Big Ten Conference in each of the last four seasons and sportsbooks are projecting the Buckeyes to do so again in 2021.

Big Ten East: Ohio State Reigns Supreme

The last time the Ohio State Buckeyes failed to win the Big Ten East division was in 2016, however, they still qualified for the College Football Playoff that year. Online sportsbooks don’t give any other team much of a chance in the division.

BIG Ten East Division Winner 21/22

  • Ohio State -300
  • Penn State +450
  • Michigan +800
  • Indiana +900
  • Maryland +3000
  • Michigan State +3500

While the Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines are set to improve, the gap is likely too big to overcome. At the very minimum, Ohio State should be making the Big Ten Conference Championship game this season.

Big Ten West: Wisconsin And Iowa Fight For Top Spot

The Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes are set to compete for the Big Ten West division title according to college football betting sites. However, there is no real favorite in the division.

BIG Ten West Division Winner 21/22

  • Wisconsin +140
  • Iowa +200
  • Nebraska +600
  • Minnesota +650
  • Northwestern +700
  • Illinois +2500
  • Purdue +2600

The Northwestern Wildcats are the reigning champions in the division but are being listed as the fifth option of seven teams.

This division is truly up for grabs and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a potential upset. However, Wisconsin has made the trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in four of the last seven years.

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Big Ten Winner: Five Straight For Ohio State?

The Buckeyes are also sizable favorites to win the conference. This would mark the fifth straight season in which they emerged as Big Ten Champions. Even with the uncertainty at quarterback, the talent on the team will likely be too much for any other Big Ten team to compete against.

BIG Ten Conference Winner 21/22

  • Ohio State -225
  • Wisconsin +500
  • Iowa +900
  • Penn State +900
  • Indiana +2000
  • Michigan +2500

National Championship Contenders

Ohio State has made the college football playoff four times and in each of the last two years.

The only teams who have qualified more frequently are the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers. If the Buckeyes were to win the Big Ten, they will likely find themselves as one of the four teams in the playoff.

2021-2022 NCAA National Championship Odds

  • Ohio State +600
  • Wisconsin +5000
  • Penn State +8000
  • Michigan +10000
  • Iowa +12500
  • Northwestern +15000
  • Michigan State +30000
  • Minnesota +30000

After Ohio State, with the fourth-shortest odds in the country, the Big Ten’s chances fall off significantly. There’s always a Cinderella story to be made, but it likely will not be originating in the Big Ten this season.