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While last year’s Big Ten campaign brought some shocking results and an unexpected champion, college football odds have the 2022 slate being much more straightforward.

With a high-octane offense that features a plethora of explosive weapons, it’s the Ohio State Buckeyes who are favored to recapture the Big Ten crown.

We break it all down in our preseason college football odds to win the Big Ten conference.

Odds to win the Big Ten championship

Team Record Open Current
Ohio State
(0-0-0)
-250
-250
Michigan
(0-0-0)
+800
+650
Wisconsin
(0-0-0)
+1,400
+1,100
Penn State
(0-0-0)
+900
+1,200
Nebraska
(0-0-0)
+1,400
+1,400
Iowa
(0-0-0)
+1,600
+1,800
Minnesota
(0-0-0)
+1,600
+2,000
Purdue
(0-0-0)
+2,500
+2,500
Michigan State
(0-0-0)
+2,500
+2,500
Indiana
(0-0-0)
+3,300
+3,300
Northwestern
(0-0-0)
+10,000
+10,000
Maryland
(0-0-0)
+10,000
+10,000
Rutgers
(0-0-0)
+10,000
+10,000
Illinois
(0-0-0)
+15,000
+15,000

Favorites to win the Big Ten championship

Ohio State Buckeyes (-250)

Ohio State’s run at a fifth straight Big Ten title fell short in 2021 in a campaign that included a loss to division rival Michigan — the first since 2012 and only the second dating back to 2004.

With Heisman favorite C.J. Stroud returning in 2022 and a flurry of weapons highlighted by TreVeyon Henderson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the Buckeyes will once again have the explosive offense needed to not only dominate the Big Ten but compete with the nation’s best for a National Championship.

The defense, on the other hand, still has questions to answer. The Buckeyes clearly lacked size and physicality in 2021 and it showed, particularly in their games against Oregon, Michigan, and Utah. However, new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles helped transform Oklahoma State’s defense and Ryan Day will be hoping he can have a similar impact in Columbus.

An improved defense combined with one of the nation’s most lethal offenses could mean the Buckeyes cakewalk through their conference schedule.

Michigan Wolverines (+650)

In 2021, Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines finally overcame some of their Big Ten demons, with the aforementioned 42-27 victory over Ohio State en route to their first conference title since 2004.

Their offense features a returning Cade McNamara, a top running back in Blake Corum, in addition to a solid wide receiver corps. However, the Wolverines’ elite defense will look significantly different after losing Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson, David Ojabo, and Daxton Hill.

The defense should take a serious hit and when it does, it will be hard to duplicate the performances from a year ago. And if they can’t beat Ohio State again, the road to defending their title becomes all that more difficult.

Wisconsin Badgers (+1,100)

The Wisconsin Badgers are in a bit of a rut, relatively speaking, going 9-4 last year and just 6-3 in Big Ten play. On top of that, the program hasn’t seen a conference title game since 2019 after winning the Big Ten in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as getting to the title game four times between 2014 and 2019.

This team remains a stout one defensively, but a lack of offensive punch continues to hold it back from its championship aspirations — particularly down the field.

Graham Mertz returns for a third season under center after throwing just 10 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 13 games. He’ll need to create more chunk plays through the air should the Badgers’ offense see significant improvements (ninth in yards per attempt in Big Ten last season).

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