The 2013 Big 10 season was surprising to many.
After going 12-0 in 2012 but being unable to compete for a Big 10 Championship because they were on probation, the Ohio State Buckeyes were an almost unanimous pick to win the conference in 2013. The Buckeyes had a few scares, including an epic battle with the rival Michigan Wolverines to end the regular season but again finished unbeaten. However, they were taken down 34-24 by the Michigan State Spartans, costing them a shot at the National Champions (and sending the one-loss SEC Champion Auburn Tigers to the game). The Buckeyes continued their downward spiral with a 40-35 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl while the Spartans defeated the Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the Rose Bowl and finished ranked third in the country in the AP Poll.
Our friends over at Bovada have started releasing their college conference odds and the Buckeyes are the favorite to claim the Big 10 conference title with the Spartans running second. The Wisconsin Badgers are the slight favorite in the West Division, edging out the Nebraska Conrhuskers, which means the folks in Las Vegas expect an Ohio State-Wisconsin Championship Game.
Odds to win the Big Ten Championship
Ohio State 10/11
Michigan State 15/4
NCAA Football 2014-2015 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten East Division
Ohio State 2/5
Michigan State 13/5
NCAA Football 2014-2015 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten West Division
There are no real surprises. The Buckeyes and Spartans will battle on November 8 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.