Big 10 NCAA College Football Betting Preview

Charlie Boccanegra | Updated Oct 04, 2017

There’s one word that’s best associated with Big 10 football – tradition. And that tradition will be on proud display this season as two of the conference’s most storied programs – Ohio State and Penn State – will be fighting it out for the title. Currently, NCAA football lines suggest that both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are 3/2 favorites to win the Big 10 Conference title outright.

Will Finish….

No. 1 – Ohio State Buckeyes No. 2 – Penn State Nittany Lions No. 3 – Iowa Hawkeyes No. 4 – Northwestern Wildcats No. 5 – Michigan State Spartans No. 6 – Illinois Fighting Illini No. 7 – Michigan Wolverines No. 8 – Wisconsin Badgers No. 9 – Purdue Boilermakers No. 10 – Minnesota Golden Gophers No. 11 – Indiana Hoosiers

Best Player…

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State… Apologies to Illinois WR Arrelious Benn (who many consider to be the best NFL prospect in the conference), but Terrelle Pryor puts the Big 10 on the map. Quite possibly the best athlete in college, Pryor showed it all in 2008 – passing for 1311 yards, running for 631 and hauling in five receiving yards (representing his lone catch on the year – a touchdown). With former Ohio State running sensation Chris “Beanie” Wells now in the NFL, Pryor has a lot on his plate; he’ll essentially carry the Buckeyes offense this year. Just another reason to watch – it will be interesting to see how he can handle such immense pressure in his sophomore season. You can safely assume a fair amount of sports betting will focus on the Buckeyes and Pryor this year.

Biggest Storyline…

Will Bret Bielema survive the season? No coach in the Big 10 is under more scrutiny than Bielema. The Badgers are coming off their worst season in a decade (3-5 conference, 7-6 overall); by year’s end, the Wisconsin faithful were screaming for Bielema’s head. Things don’t look promising for 2009, either. Outside of TE Garrett Graham, there’s not a ton of elite talent on the team and Bielema hasn’t shown much of an ability to get top-notch performances from marginally-skilled players.

Best Game…

Saturday, November 7: Ohio State at Penn State. While it’s always a big deal when these two face off, the 2008 version wasn’t a classic. Nobody saved the tape from a less-than-enthralling 13-6 win for the Nittany Lions, although it did set the table nicely for this year. The aforementioned Pryor goes head-to-head with Penn State signal caller Daryll Clark in an interesting matchup – Pryor is the hotshot sophomore, Clark the grizzled senior veteran.

Best of the Rest…

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi is primed for a breakout campaign…Andre Anderson has some big shoes to fill at Michigan State, replacing do-everything RB Javon Ringer…Juice Williams and Arrelious Benn are a treat to watch at Illinois – too bad they’ve got so little talent around them…The Hoosiers are destined for the league basement, even with the solid passing presence of QB Ben Chappe