Big Ten Football Odds: Michigan Looks To Top Favored Ohio State Again

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Oddsmakers have Ohio State as the betting favorite for the 2022 Big Ten football championship. Big Ten football odds around the sports betting marketplace price the Buckeyes between -200 and -250.

The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten Championship eight times in the past 11 seasons it has been held. OSU’s conference championship run was cut short in 2021, thanks to arch-rival Michigan winning “The Game” for the first time since 2011, and first time ever under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

With Ohio State priced at -200 on FanDuel, the Buckeyes have an implied winning probability of 66.67%. Michigan has the second-shortest odds, offered as low at +600 on DraftKings, giving it an implied winning probability of 14.29%. BetMGM offers the Wolverines at +900.

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Big Ten Conference Championship Odds

Here are odds to win this season’s Big Ten title from three top sportsbooks.

TeamDraftKingsFanDuelBetMGM (Code TODAY)
Ohio State-210-200-250
Michigan+600+800+900
Wisconsin+1100+1200+1400
Penn State+1600+1400+1400
Iowa+2000+2000+2500
Nebraska+2200+2000+2000
Minnesota+2800+3000+2500
Michigan State+2800+2500+2500
Purdue+3000+4000+2500
Maryland+15000+15000+10000
Illinois+15000+20000+25000
Indiana+30000+20000+15000
Northwestern+40000+50000+30000
RutgersN/A+50000+30000

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Big Ten Betting Favorites

Ohio State (-200 FanDuel)

The Buckeyes return 14 starters from an 11-2 team that led the country in offensive yards per play a season ago (8.0) and is sure to light it up once again.

The roster is headlined by Heisman frontrunner C.J. Stroud (+250 DraftKings). The second-year starter will be surrounded by plenty of talent, with the Buckeyes possessing the best skill position players in the conference. Sophomores Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR) and TreVeyon Henderson (RB) make for the Big Ten’s best QB-WR-RB trio.

The defense, ranked eight in the Big Ten allowing 22.8 ppg, gets a boost with former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles entering the fold. With eight starters returning, expect a more consistent output from the Buckeyes’ defense in 2022.

Michigan (+900 BetMGM)

Jim Harbaugh’s bunch is looking for its second-straight appearance in the Big Ten title game and College Football Playoff. A 37-33 loss to in-state rival Michigan State and a 34-11 defeat to Georgia in the Orange Bowl were the two blemishes on Michigan’s record.

Michigan returns 13 starters despite most notably losing DE Aidan Hutchinson (Lions) and LB David Ojabo (Ravens) to the NFL. Both QBs who logged significant snaps — Cade McNamara (2,576 yards, 15 TDs last year) and J.J. McCarthy (516 yards, five TDs) — return.

The Wolverines’ offensive line returns most of the players who helped it win the Joe Moore Award last year. Its disciplined and tactical special teams make it a complete roster and a legit Big Ten title contender.

Big Ten Sleepers

Iowa (+2500 BetMGM)

Iowa finished the 2021 regular season with a 10-2 record and made its second-ever trip to the Big Ten championship game. Iowa wasn’t able to hold its own in Indianapolis, getting worn down by a more physical Michigan team in a 42-3 blowout loss.

It’s possible Iowa returns to a second-straight Big Ten championship game, as the Hawkeyes get 14 starters back from last year’s Big Ten West-leading roster. Iowa isn’t the flashiest of teams (4.7 OYPP in 2021), as its run-first offense attempts to wear opponents down.

A tough Big Ten East crossover slate that pits Iowa against Ohio State on the road and Michigan at home is one of the reasons why the Hawkeyes sit at +2000 on some oddsboards and have the second-shortest odds to win the Big Ten West behind Wisconsin.

Nebraska (+2200 DraftKings)

Despite a 3-9 finish in 2021, Nebraska’s performance did not reflect that poor record.

Veteran QB Adrian Martinez has since transferred to Kansas State, while ex-Texas QB Casey Thompson has joined the Big Red and is set to be the starter.

Nebraska’s defense might take a step back with just five starters returning, but the offense is likely to improve in first-year offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s pass-oriented scheme. The Cornhuskers return seven starters on offense from a team that ranked in the top half of the conference in scoring offense (27.9 ppg).

With a manageable first-half schedule and a chance to start out 6-0, Nebraska is a team to keep an eye on.

A Longshot to Consider

Minnesota (+3000 FanDuel)

After a successful 2021 that saw the Gophers post a 9-4 record, Minnesota has the ability to win the Big Ten West for the first time in school history.

Fifth-year QB Tanner Morgan is back for his final season, reuniting with offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, who was Morgan’s OC during his most productive season back in 2019. The Gophers also welcome back workhorse running back and Heisman hopeful Mohamed Ibrahim (+10000 DraftKings), who has recovered from a left leg injury that sidelined him for the majority of 2021.

Minnesota’s defense was a reliable unit in 2021, sporting the Big Ten second-best scoring defense (17.3 ppg).

The Gophers’ conference schedule includes trips to Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. If Minnesota wants a chance at the Big Ten Conference Championship, consistency is a must.

Big Ten Championship History

The Big Ten football championship game originated in 2011 with the expansion of the conference, adding the University of Nebraska. With this addition, 12 total teams made up the conference, which met the NCAA requirements to hold a conference championship game.

Rutgers and Maryland joined the conference in 2014.

The conference championship game pits the division champion from the East against the division champion from the West. No team from the West division has ever defeated an East division team in the conference championship.

Here is a list of past winners since the inception of the Big Ten East and West division in 2014.

YearEast DivisionWest DivisionWinner
2014Ohio State Buckeyes Wisconsin BadgersOhio State Buckeyes
2015Michigan State SpartansIowa HawkeyesMichigan State Spartans
2016Penn State Nittany LionsWisconsin BadgersPenn State Nittany Lions
2017Ohio State BuckeyesWisconsin BadgersOhio State Buckeyes
2018Ohio State BuckeyesNorthwestern WildcatsOhio State Buckeyes
2019Ohio State BuckeyesWisconsin BadgersOhio State Buckeyes
2020Ohio State BuckeyesNorthwestern WildcatsOhio State Buckeyes
2021Michigan WolverinesIowa HawkeyesMichigan Wolverines
Who is the favorite to win the Big Ten football title this season?

Ohio State is the betting favorite to win the 2022 Big Ten football championship.

When is the Big Ten football championship game?

The 12th annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be held on December 3, 2022 in Indianapolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium.

What team has no chance to win the 2022 Big Ten football title?

Northwestern (+50000 BetMGM) and Rutgers (+50000 BetMGM) have the longest odds to win the Big Ten title.

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