The college football season kicks off on Thursday, August 29th with a full slate of nationally televised games. The excitement of the new season has Ohio State fans chomping at the bit as they hope the Buckeyes can duplicate last year’s unblemished record. Whether or not Urban Meyer’s crew can run the table remains to be seen, but they are a clear cut favorite to win the Big Ten this year. The latest Odds to Win the 2013 Big Ten Championship from Sportsbook.ag have Ohio State lined at 4 to 5 odds (risk $125 to win $100) to emerge victorious in the conference title clash (Saturday, December 7th 8:15pm ET Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis). Nebraska and Michigan are second picks at 9 to 2 odds and rounding out the top five are Michigan State and last year’s champion, Wisconsin, at 5 to 1 and 9 to 1 odds, respectively.
Ohio State Buckeyes (-125): Ohio State went 12-0 in the regular season last year, but its probationary status forbade the team from making a postseason appearance. This year, however, the Buckeyes are eligible for bowl play and they will certainly find themselves in a BCS contest should they match last year’s effort. With nine offensive starters and 51 lettermen returning to Columbus, Ohio State will have a decent opportunity to score 11 or 12 regular season wins and earn a spot in the Big Ten Championship game.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (+450): Nebraska found itself in the Big Ten Championship last year after topping the Legends Division with a 7-1 league record, but the title game did not go according to plan. The Huskers were favored by three points against Wisconsin, but got hammered 70-31 by the Badgers. Nebraska may have a shot at redemption this year as it still looks like the class of the division. Bo Pelini returns a wealth of talent from last season’s 34.8 point per game offense and his defense should improve given the number of big time recruits joining the program.
Michigan Wolverines (+450): Michigan failed to match its 2011 success last year, finishing up at 8-5 after a 28-33 Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina, but it still made a nice conference showing. The Wolverines placed second in the Legends Division with a 6-2 league record and they bring back enough this season to, possibly, unseat the defending champion Huskers. Only 12 starters are back; however, most of the team’s biggest contributors, with the exception of Denard Robinson, are back.
Odds to Win the 2013 Big Ten Championship: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Ohio State -125
Michigan State +500
Penn State N/A (probation)