Big Ten Title Odds Tab Ohio State As Heavy Favorite

This week, BetRivers Sportsbook released its futures odds for the Big Ten conference champion. The Ohio State Buckeyes are, not surprisingly, listed as favorites to win the title.

Last season the Buckeyes were leapfrogged by their rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, who claimed supremacy in the Big Ten. But OSU won four consecutive conference titles from 2017 to 2020, and since 2002 the program has dominated, winning either a share of or outright claiming the Big Ten title 11 times.

According to BetRivers, the Buckeyes are -230 to snatch the Big Ten title away from “that team up north.” No other team in the conference is anywhere near those odds.

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Big Ten Conference Title Odds For 2022 From BetRivers

  • Ohio State -230
  • Michigan +1000
  • Penn State +1200
  • Wisconsin +1600
  • Nebraska +1600
  • Minnesota +1800
  • Iowa +1800
  • Michigan State +2700
  • Purdue +3300
  • Indiana +4000
  • Maryland +10000
  • Northwestern +20000
  • Illinois +25000
  • Rutgers +25000

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Depth Separates Buckeyes From Other Big Ten Teams

How talented are the Buckeyes? In the 2022 NFL Draft’s first round, two OSU wide receivers were selected, and none of them was the leading receiver on the Buckeyes last season.

Several other OSU standouts will be plucked by NFL teams in the next few days of the draft. OSU recruits a deeper, more talented core of players each year than their Big Ten cousins. Heck, OSU’s 11-2 record and Rose Bowl victory last season are considered a down year in Columbus.

But head coach Ryan Day has a task at hand repair a porous defense that allowed 30 points or more five times. Day has ushered in a new set of defensive coaches for that purpose, and given their usual pick of players, Ohio State should improve on that side of the ball.

No such concerns exist for the Buckeyes’ offense. Quarterback C.J. Stroud passed for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns in his first year at the control panel of the OSU offensive machine. The sophomore completed almost 72 percent of his passes, and he has his top wideout Jaxson Smith-Njigba back. Stroud will be in the small group of Heisman Trophy favorites. BetRivers has him at +200 for the honor.

Day and his colleagues should focus on fine-tuning the Ohio State offense to be more balanced, sprinkling in more traditional running plays. This isn’t the old “three yards and a cloud of dust” Big Ten, but teams still need to shove the ball across the line with authority.

The next step: Ohio sports betting operator hopefuls may soon see applications

When Will Buckeye Fans Be Able To Bet On College Football In Ohio?

Let’s go good news first, then the bad news:

  • Sports betting is legal in Ohio and the Ohio Casino Control Commission is working to implement the process to launch it in the state. Ohio is the seventh-most populous state and it’s famous for ardent sports fans. It should be a large market.
  • However, the OCCC has not given a timetable for launching sports betting, and it has until Jan. 1, 2023, to do so. It’s possible the OCCC could navigate the licensing process slowly, pushing it well into the college football season, which starts for most teams in the first week of September.

Ohio citizens should want a secure, regulated, and competitive sports betting market. The laws in place set it up for that, with several sportsbooks poised to apply for licenses in Ohio. Unfortunately, college football fans will probably not be able to wager on games when the 2022 season starts.

Most states see a six-month process for launching their sports betting markets. Ohio is maybe one or two months into that process, at best. Here’s hoping the market opens with plenty of Saturday Big Ten football to bet on.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.