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Ohio State Sitting Atop Big Ten Odds Behind Quarterback Barrett

Ohio State Sitting Atop Big Ten Odds Behind Quarterback Barrett - Bovada Sportsbook

With the college football season officially kicking off for many Big Ten teams in just a few days the dust has finally settled on the conference futures. The Ohio State Buckeyes are the team to beat in 2016 at +160 after sitting as co-favorites with the Michigan Wolverines last month.

Led by junior quarterback J.T. Barrett – who was recently appointed as one of seven captains for Ohio State by head coach Urban Meyer – the Buckeyes look to have reloaded nicely this season with eyes on their second national championship in three years.

They won it two years ago with Cardale Jones under center and will try to replace some key starters including running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end Joey Bosa, both of whom were among the top four overall picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jones took over for an injured Barrett late in 2014 and helped the school win its eighth NCAA football title in the first-ever College Football Playoff, and its first since 2002.


Wolverines Pose Strong Threat

The Wolverines will be Ohio State’s top competition under head coach Jim Harbaugh in his second season there. Michigan is +200 to win the Big Ten championship and should be very strong defensively with one of the top recruits in the country in Rashan Gary.

The toughest part for Harbaugh’s team will be playing road games against the Buckeyes, Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans, with the last two playing in the conference title game last season. The Wolverines will just need to find a way to score offensively with yet another new quarterback under center this year.

The Spartans are the defending Big Ten champions and lost their quarterback Connor Cook to the NFL. They are+700 to defend their title and unfortunately play in the same East Division as Michigan and Ohio State.

The Hawkeyes are the favorites to win the West and +750 to take home the conference championship. They were the lone Big Ten team to go unbeaten in conference play last season at 8-0 and finished 12-2 overall.

Nebraska (+900), Wisconsin (+1600), Penn State (+2000), Northwestern (+3300), Minnesota (+4000), Illinois (+10000), Indiana (+10000), Maryland (+20000), Purdue (+20000), and Rutgers (+50000) round out the Big Ten championship odds heading into the season.

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