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Big 10 Conference: 2014 NCAA Football Gambling Predictions | Futures

2014 Big 10 Preview: Betting Futures

The Big Ten Conference may not be elite in college football as it used to be, but there’s still plenty of action here, and there are several teams fighting hard to unseat the top teams o the past.

Ohio State is considered the favorite again this year, but it was Michigan State who win the Big Ten last year, and the Spartans beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl as well.

One thing the Big Ten absolutely has is a bunch of great coaching staffs. There will be some surprises in this conference in 2014. Let’s take a look at some of the key contenders and possible dark horses.

All odds listed are courtesy of BetOnline.

Ohio State Buckeyes (-105)

Urban Meyer’s team finished last year on a two-game losing streak, but they’ll be ready this season. With Braxton Miller under center the offense should be high-octane. Meyer’s recruits are now here, and speed on the outside should be even more evident.

The Buckeyes defensive line is among the best in the country, but the secondary is a major question mark. The offensive line has to replace four out of five starters, and they are a concern for Buckeyes fans too. Road games at Penn State on October 25 and at Michigan State on November 8th will be key.

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Michigan State Spartans (+350)

Michigan State’s season last year was nothing short of a massive success. Mark Dantonio has done a terrific job with this program, and the Spartans finished the season with wins over Ohio State and Stanford in the Rose Bowl. The team lost a lot on the defensive end, but they have an elite coordinator in Pat Narduzzi.

The offense needs to carry more of the load this year. Connor Cook needs to be great. Tough schedule for the Spartans, including a matchup with Oregon in the non-conference slate.

Wisconsin Badgers (+400)

I really like Gary Andersen at the helm of Wisconsin, but I’m worried about the Badgers defense and passing game this year. The Badgers will always be able to run the football, but being too one-dimensional makes it hard to beat top-notch opponents. Chris Borland was the heart and soul of the defense and he’s gone.

Watch out for tough games at Northwestern and at Iowa. I’m a little lower on Wisconsin than most people.
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Nebraska Cornhuskers (+750)

Bo Pelini has never been known for winning the big games. Ameer Abdullah is the best running back in the Big Ten though, and the Cornhuskers defense is improving. Unlike the past few years, Nebraska doesn’t get the benefit of a soft schedule. Nebraska has five road games this year.

They are at Fresno State, at Northwestern, at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, and at Iowa. The quarterback spot is a question mark. I don’t like this Huskers team very much.

Michigan Wolverines (+1,000)

Devin Gardner needs to have a big season for Michigan to be a player in the Big Ten. The Wolverines schedule is relatively tough. I do expect a much better defense from the Wolverines with Jake Ryan leading the way at linebacker. Can the running game get going?

If it doesn’t, Michigan will likely disappoint again this year.

Iowa Hawkeyes (+1,200)

Iowa’s schedule is the easiest of any team in the Big Ten. Even though I don’t think Iowa is one of the top three or four teams in the conference, they certainly have a shot to make some significant noise thanks to their ridiculously easy schedule.

Their four road games in the Big Ten are all against teams that will likely end with a losing record in the conference. Their two toughest games of the year are both at home against Wisconsin and Nebraska in the final two games of the regular season.

Big Ten Conference Pick:  Iowa (+1,200)

Ohio State is the best team in the conference, but I’m looking for value here. Iowa plays virtually no one until November, and they play in the easier side of the conference.

If the Hawkeyes get to the Big Ten Conference Title Game, you’ll at least get a good chance to hedge out of this bet at a profit. Iowa should make some noise.

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