Last Updated on April 22, 2021
One of the most popular conferences in all of sports is the Big Ten in college football. With prestigious programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and others growing in terms of talent in the last few years, the Big Ten is one of the more competitive conferences in college football. This makes betting on the conference an awesome experience with rivalry games, futures movement, and more.
Let’s take a look at the Big Ten futures market odds, picks, and two teams who could make a run for the Big Ten conference title for the 2021 college football season.
Big Ten Champion Odds 2021
In early spring 2021, the Big Ten futures market went live on DraftKings Sportsbook, and here are the opening odds to win the Big Ten in 2021.
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Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite, but after them it is quite a tight race as you can see. From +700 to +1600 there are six teams in the Big Ten. All six could compete for a chance to play in the Big Ten title game, which almost certainly will contain Ohio State on the other sideline.
Ohio State Opens at Favorite to win Big Ten
To no one’s surprise, Ohio State opens as heavy favorites to win the Big Ten at -110 odds. For a futures market, that is a very hefty price to pay at DraftKings Sportsbook but that is just how good Ohio State is.
Despite losing Justin Fields and many others to the NFL Draft, Ohio State is still the betting favorite to win the Big Ten in 2021. They are also one of the top teams in the country to win the National Championship as well, so expectations are high for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes.
The key for Ohio State will be who wins the quarterback battle, but it is expected to be C.J. Stroud as he is one of the top candidates in terms of odds to win the Heisman Trophy. With a loaded recruiting class and terrific roster returning, Ohio State is a force to be reckoned with in 2021.
Michigan Big Ten Champion Odds
After Ohio State, Michigan’s odds are at +700 to win the conference. Do they have a chance to upset the Buckeyes?
There is no chance that the Wolverines’ roster is as talented as the Buckeyes, but as the team with the second-best odds to win the Big Ten on DraftKings, they are one of the few teams who could give Ohio State a run for their money. The problem is, Ohio State is just that good. Here’s a look at the tough games Michigan will need to win to compete with Ohio State:
- at Wisconsin
- at Nebraska
- at Michigan State
- at Penn State
- Ohio State
If Michigan can get through the gauntlet of the Big Ten schedule, they will have a chance at the Big Ten championship…but it’s a tough ask in 2021.
Big Ten Championship Betting Picks
With the opening odds released at DraftKings Sportsbook, here are our picks to win the Big Ten for the 2021 college football season.
- Ohio State (-110)
This is juiced and is a hefty price to pay, but there is no team that is remotely close to as talented as Ohio State in the Big Ten, and they should run away with the conference. Expect this price to rise into the -200 or -300 range as the season begins.
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