Big Ten Conference Football Preview

An examination of the upcoming Big Ten college football season, where we answer the question, "Who will win the conference?"

Preview and predictions for Big Ten football in 2023

Since the Big Ten continues to be one of the best football leagues in the country, it is no surprise that it's also quite competitive. 

With some legendary programs and dedicated fan bases, wagering is aplenty. There’s never a bad way to bet on this conference, but if you’re into the future wagering market, now is the time. 

Here is a look at the Big Ten Conference ahead of this college season . . . 

Favorites No Surprise

Looking at the odds to win the Big Ten in 2023, you will see a pair of prohibitive favorites. Ohio State is priced at 8-5 (+160), Michigan is next at 9-5 (+180), according to Big Ten football odds.

Big 10 predictions picksThese two programs dominated the league the last few seasons, each is loaded once again. Both the Buckeyes and Wolverines are in the East, making the West more of a crapshoot. 

The Penn State Nittany Lions, also out of the East, are next on the board. Happy Valley is priced at 6-1 (+600). There's finally a "Western" team appearing in the wagering, as the Wisconsin Badgers are 13-2 (+650). 

Iowa is next at 12-1 (+1200), though the Hawkeyes need to take a big step forward in 2023. Those five teams figure to be substantially better than the other nine in what’s currently a 14-team Big Ten.

Remainder of the Cast

You can't ignore the rest of the teams in the league, especially when taking a wild stab at the board. 

Rest of the betting odds to win the Big 10:

 Team  Odds  Betting Odds
 Minnesota   30-1  +3000
 Illinois   40-1  +4000
 Maryland   60-1  +6000
 Nebraska   60-1  +6000
 Indiana   100-1  +10000
 Michigan State  100-1   +10000
 Northwestern  100-1  +10000
 Purdue  100-1  +10000

Minnesota and Illinois could make the conference title game in Indianapolis, making those odds somewhat enticing. Meanwhile, there's moribund Northwestern, a program in bad shape.

West is Tough

There's a fair amount of intrigue in the West of the Big Ten conference. 

Wisconsin is the 11-10 (+110) choice to win, but other schools have some support, as per NCAA football division odds.

 Team  Odds  Betting Odds
 Iowa  3-1  +300
 Illinois  6-1  +600
 Minnesota  7-1  +700
 Nebraska  14-1  +1400
 Purdue  16-1  +1600
 Northwestern  100-1  +10000

Wisconsin is the team to beat in the West, but don't be surprised to see the Illinois Fighting Illini steal the bacon and win this division.

Eyes on Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes pick Big Ten ChampionIt's no surprise that Ohio State and Michigan are the two best teams in the Big Ten conference, and the November 25th season-ender at Ann Arbor figures to decide the East and (potentially) the championship of the league. 

Ohio State gets our vote as best team in the conference. Bet the Buckeyes at 8-5 (+160) to win the Big Ten in 2023.

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