The Ohio State Buckeyes, winners in their last 24 regular season games, will start the 2014 NCAA Football season as heavy 10-11 favorites to emerge as Big Ten champions and a solid 12-1 bet to claim their first national championship since 2002.
After a perfect regular season last year, the Buckeyes fell short of their goal of a conference championship, falling to the Michigan State Spartans, 34-24, in the Big Ten title game. But that victory has not helped the Spartans eclipse the Buckeyes in NCAA Football odds this year.
The Buckeyes are pegged as heavy 2-5 favorites to win the Big Ten East title, edging the Spartans, who sit at 13-5 to win the Big Ten East division. The Spartans also trail the Buckeyes in odds to win both the 2014 conference title with odds of 15-4, and are well back of the pack in College Football FBS Championship futures wagering, with odds of 25-1.
The Wisconsin Badgers start the year looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013 season, which ended with a pair of 31-24 losses to Penn State and South Carolina.
The Badgers, winners of three of the last four Big Ten conference titles, open their season as 6-5 favorites to win the Big Ten West division and a respectable 9-2 to once again claim the conference championship.
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The Badgers are closely followed by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who own odds of 3-2 to win the Big Ten West and 11-2 to win the Big Ten championship. But things don’t look quite as bright for Nebraska in national championship online betting, where they are pegged as distant 66-1 longshots to be crowned national champs for the first time since 1997.
The Michigan Wolverines, who struggled to a 7-6 record in 2013, are an intriguing 9-1 bet to win to the 2014 Big Ten title, while the Iowa Hawkeyes round out the list of favorites with odds of 14-1.
The Northwestern Wildcats top the list of longshots in Big Ten football betting with odds of 40-1, while the Minnesota Golden Gophers sit at 66-1.
The Indiana Hoosiers and Maryland Terrapins are well back of the pack at 100-1, but ahead of the Illinois Fighting Illini, Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Purdue Boilermakers, who round out Big Ten futures betting, each with odds of 200-1, per Bovada.