The Big Ten routinely places a program among one of the final four CFP bracket qualifiers that compete for a National Championship, and current projects and betting odds suggest it will happen again this postseason.
The Michigan Wolverines were able to win the Big Ten last season, losing to the eventual CFP Champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, in the Orange Bowl semifinal. Prior to last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been the pride of the Big Ten, winning the conference and earning a spot in the CFP in four out of the eight years it has been in existence.
The reason that CFP betting sites don’t often include both Michigan and Ohio State among the top four teams is that they not only belong to the same conference but they are also members of the Big Ten’s East Division.
Big Ten Standings
Big Ten East Division Standings
Ohio State 2-0/5-0
Penn State 2-0/5-0
Michigan State 0-2/2-3
Big Ten West Division Standings
Being in the same half of the conference means that OSU and Michigan can never meet in the Big Ten Championship game, so the title is often decided when the rivals play each other in the final game of the regular season.
Despite how close Michigan and Ohio State appear in the standings, online college football sportsbooks have the Buckeyes way ahead in the odds to win the Big Ten.
2022-23 Big Ten Championship Odds
- Ohio State (#3) -260
- Michigan (#4) +500
- Penn State (#10) +1000
- Minnesota +1400
- Illinois +2200
- Purdue +3000
- Wisconsin +4000
- Iowa +5000
- Maryland +10000
- Nebraska +10000
- Northwestern +30000
- Indiana +50000
- Michigan State +100000
- Rutgers +100000
The Buckeyes are currently holding a commanding 760-point lead in the moneyline odds to win the Big Ten Championship Game, which will almost certainly equate to a CFP berth.
The odds for betting on the 2022-23 College Football National Champion now favor Ohio State to win it all this season, leapfrogging two powerhouse SEC programs, Georgia and Alabama, following their impressive 5-0 start.
2022-2023 CFP National Championship Futures
- Ohio State (#3) +200
- Georgia (#2) +210
- Alabama (#1) +220
- Clemson (#5) +1200
- USC +1600
- Michigan (#4) +2000
However, the Associated Press and the NCAAF oddsmakers aren’t writing off the Wolverines just yet, as they are coming in no worse than fifth in the nation in both the odds and the rankings.
Associated Press Top 5 NCAAF Rankings
- Ohio State
At noon on Saturday, Michigan will travel to face the Indiana Hoosiers, where they are favored by over three touchdowns on the road.
Michigan Wolverines (#4) @ Indiana Hoosiers
- Wolverines Point Spread: -22.5
- Wolverines Moneyline: -2000
- Hoosiers Point Spread: +22.5
- Hoosiers Moneyline: +950
- Over/Under: 58.5
Later at 4:00 PM, another clash of Big Ten titans occurs when Ohio State visits the Michigan State Spartans.
Ohio State Buckeyes (#3) @ Michigan State Spartans
- Buckeyes Point Spread: -27.0
- Buckeyes Moneyline: n/a
- Spartans Point Spread: +27.0
- Spartans Moneyline: n/a
- Over/Under: 64.0
The Buckeyes are favored by nearly four touchdowns and are such a sure bet to win that online sportsbooks aren’t offering moneyline odds for winning teams in this betting line.
Gamblers that would like to lay some action on any of the above Big Ten college football betting odds can do so at Bovada Sportsbook.