The 2018 Big Ten Conference Championship Odds: What’s the best bet, who’ll win, and what are the best values?
The latest Big Ten Conference Championship Odds are out from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Who’ll win, what’s the best long shot and what’s the best value?
Ohio State 10/11
Penn State 6/1
Michigan State 9/1
The Right Play
Wisconsin: If you’re into minimizing risk, Wisconsin is the safe call mainly because it’s a virtual lock to get back to the Big Ten Championship game for a third straight season. Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and even Michigan are all going to be deep in the chase for the East, while it’ll take something amazing to keep the Badgers from getting there from the West. The 11/4 odds aren’t wonderful for the value, but at least you’ll likely be alive on December 1st.
The Best Value
Michigan State: The Spartans have to go to Penn State, but they miss Wisconsin and get Michigan and Ohio State in East Lansing. Four of the conference games are against teams that didn’t go bowling last year, but best of all, MSU is loaded with a team every bit as strong as the one that went to the College Football Playoff three years ago. At 9/1, there’s money to be made.
Stay Away From …
Michigan: It’s not that the Wolverines can’t or won’t finally get over the hump in the Jim Harbaugh era – the offense will finally be there to go along with the defense – but the value isn’t great. Michigan fans usually hammer their team and bring the odds down, and at 4/1, you’re better off going after Michigan State or Penn State. With trips to Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State, the schedule isn’t a help.
The Top Longshot
Nebraska: The Huskers don’t have the talent and they’re going to need at least a year for Scott Frost to start to work his magic, but at 40/1, they’re a fun flier. They have to go to Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin, but if they can somehow beat the Badgers and pull off an upset against Michigan State at home, they could hang around the West chase.
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