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Buckeyes The Obvious Favorite In Big Ten Conference That Is On The Rise

Posted by on 8/10/2015 10:46:21 PM

The defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes will be fighting history as they try to become the second college football team to win back-to-back national titles since 1998 this season but if you ask the experts they are the best team in the country right now and it isn’t even close. The Big Ten is considered a conference on the rise with the Buckeyes leading the charge and it’s no surprise that Ohio State is such a substantial favorite to win their conference this season. Here is a breakdown of the Big Ten title contenders with their odds to win the conference title listed next to them.

The Favorite

Ohio State -400

Head coach Urban Meyer suspended four of his players for rule violations but he doesn’t stutter when he talks about that subject in big part because of his team’s loaded depth chart. The Buckeyes are extremely talented and while they have some holes on both sides of the football they have more than enough talent to fill them. Ohio State is motivated and focused and barring major injury problems they will be difficult to stop in the Big Ten this season.

Next In Line

Michigan State +800

Mark Dantonio has turned Michigan State in to a perennial contender over the last few years and there is every reason to expect more of the same from them this season with senior quarterback Connor Cook under center. The Spartans have earned at least 11 wins in four out of the last five years and with 24 seniors back including some elite talent on both sides of the ball led by Cook there is no doubt Michigan State is the most likely team to challenge the Buckeyes in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin +1000

Junior running back Corey Clement and a solid defense should be enough for the Badgers to make some noise in the Big Ten where they will clash with Nebraska in the West division. Wisconsin is the only team from the West projected to finish in the top-25 this season and while Melvin Gordon will be missed there is no doubt the talent is there led by Clement to win the division and a spot in the Big Ten championship game where anything is possible in one game.

Nebraska +1400

New head coach Mike Riley won’t change much but he is regarded as a much more engaging leader that could get more out of the talent at Nebraska than Bo Pelini was over the last couple of years. The non-conference schedule is loaded but they could at least match their nine wins from last season with a decent conference schedule. Tommy Armstrong Jr. will lead a pro-style offense and will need to step up with running back Ameer Abdullah gone and if the defense improves the Badgerscould challenge Wisconsin in the West division.

Sleeper Pick

Michigan +1800

The arrival of Jim Harbaugh immediately changed the complexion of the Michigan program and while there is no doubt the Wolverines will improve this season the question is how high can they climb? Quarterback is still a question mark but the defense looks pretty good on paper and if Harbaugh can get some production out of his passing game Michigan could be a sleeper pick in the Big Ten this season.

Consensus Best Bet: Ohio State -400

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