Big Ten Betting Odds 2022

Futures, Props And More

In 2021, Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines came away with their first Big Ten title since 2004 and their first under the new conference format. Will Michigan repeat in 2022? Or will Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes reclaim their position at the top? Find Big Ten odds and conference analysis for the 2022 college football season below. You can find previews for every Big Ten team, power rankings, players to watch for, and much more.

Big Ten odds 2022

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2022 Big Ten outlook and projections

Ohio State Buckeyes ()

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Not many teams can lose two first-round receivers to the NFL and still boast the best receiving corps in the nation. Not only are Ohio State’s pass catching weapons among the best in the country, but they roster a top-three running back in Treyvion Henderson and the Heisman Trophy favorite CJ Stroud. The Buckeyes hired one of the nation’s best defensive coordinators, Jim Knowels of Oklahoma State, and return two preseason All Big Ten offensive lineman. Should the defense improve on their 38th rank in points per drive, there may not be a team in the country capable of stopping Ohio State.

Michigan Wolverines ()

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There’s no team feeling better than the Michigan Wolverines. They finally closed the book on their lack of Big Ten championships and ended the painful streak against rival Ohio State. They’re poised to reload, but can they repeat? Cade McNamara did everything Michigan needed of him and the Wolverines return stud weapons like Blake Corum and Roman Wilson. However, a lot is on the way out: DC Mike Macdonald, most of their Joe Moore Award winning OL, both edge rushers, and OC Josh Gattis. Michigan will be eased into 2022, with their first four games coming at home against Colorado State, Hawaii, UConn, and Maryland.

Wisconsin Badgers ()

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Once an exciting top prospect, the Badgers are trying to figure out what QB Graham Mertz is. He’s shown flashes of excellence and ineptitude at times and his ability will be stressed this year. Wisconsin has a tough draw– the nation’s 20th-hardest schedule per FPI– and a difficult road tilt that includes Ohio State, Michigan State, and Iowa. Running back Braelon Allen (6′ 2, 240 pounds) returns after rushing for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns (6.8 ypa) as a true freshman. Esteemed OL coach Joe Rudolph jumped ship to Virginia Tech, but expect Wisconsin to maintain their team identity, especially given the pieces in place.

Penn State Nittany Lions ()

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Penn State finished 2021 with a painfully-disappointing seven wins. However, few teams made bigger improvements to their roster and staff than Penn State, highlighted by estranged Miami head coach Manny Diaz as DC, and standout Western Kentucky receiver Mitchell Tinsley. They have a potential star-QB-in-waiting in top prospect Drew Allar, but he’ll have a year to sit behind Sean Clifford in what seems like his 10th year in Happy Valley. Two names to keep an eye on this season: safety Ji’Ayir Brown (preseason first team all conference) and running back Nick Singleton (a 2022 top prospect).

Nebraska Cornhuskers ()

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There are few more polarizing teams this coming season than the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Their 2021 campaign defied all logic, with eight of their nine losses being within a score and all nine being single-digit losses. Out is Adrian Martinez, who transferred to Kansas State, and in comes talented Texas starter Casey Thompson. They also signed Pitt OC Mark Whipple, a massive hire for this team. 247Sports ranks Nebraska the 10th best transfer class, highlighted by Thompson and TCU pass rusher Ochaun Mathis (preseason All Big Ten). However, the heat is turned up to 11 this season for Scott Frost, who has yet to win more than five games in a season.

Iowa Hawkeyes ()

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Death, taxes, and an Iowa team that wins more than 7 games. Every year except one since 2013, the Hawkeyes have hit at least 7 wins (in 2020, they went 6-2). 76% of their Big Ten West champion team returns for 2022 and they are one of 19 teams to return a head coach, a quarterback, and both coordinators. However, their division title and 10 wins came very much in spite of QB Spencer Pitras, who is experienced but proven to be very ineffectual on the field at times. Once again, this Iowa team will be defined by their defense and its ability to force turnover and havoc plays, namely thanks to cornerback Riley Moss (named a 2021 third team All American).

Michigan State Spartans ()

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You can read an in-depth piece about Michigan State’s returning production and our thoughts on their projection for 2022. While they are one of 19 teams to return a head coach, a quarterback, and both coordinators, the quarterback and DC legs of that are more concerning than encouraging. However, the Spartans did land an ample replacement for Kenneth Walker III: Wisconsin’s Jalen Berger. Receiver Jayden Reed and defensive lineman Jacob Slade will be staples on this team, named first team All Big Ten by Athlon Sports. However, will their secondary recover from a season where they finished 103rd in dropback EPA? Against conference rivals like Ohio State, they’ll need to.

Purdue Boilermakers ()

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The 2022 Boilermakers are positioned to challenge their win total and possibly the Big Ten West. Aidan O’Connell returns (preseason second team All Big Ten), as does receiver Broc Thompson (217 yards, two TDs in their bowl game). The schedule lands just right for Purdue, as they avoid Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State while playing an out-of-conference schedule of Indiana State, Syracuse, and Florida Atlantic. All of their biggest games of the year are buffered by either an easier game or a bye week, and they handle Penn State at home on a Thursday night– prime Purdue upset conditions. They play the easiest schedule in the Big Ten and keep good continuity from their 9-4 team a season ago.

Minnesota Golden Gophers ()

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Minnesota brings back some of the most intriguing players in 2022– quarterback Tanner Morgan and running back Mo Ibrahim (who missed last season with an injury). However, there’s spots of concern, namely the offensive line that loses four of five starters from a year ago. Minnesota has a favorable schedule, starting with New Mexico State, Western Illinois, and Colorado, while avoiding Ohio State and Michigan in the conference. OC Kirk Ciarrocca returns to the team, where he directed the offense from 2017-19. However, keep an eye on the defensive side of the ball; a good unit last year loses most of the coaching staff on that side.

Maryland Terrapins ()

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Maryland is a very interesting team for 2022; they’re one of 19 teams to return their head coach, quarterback, and both coordinators. Their quarterback was named third team All Big Ten by Athlon Sports (Tualia Tagovailoa) and their receiving corps is one of the most talented in the conference. The Terps landed Florida transfer Jacob Copeland, who was one of the top receivers in the SEC last year, and pair him with Rakim Jarret. Also interesting, they hired Gunter Brewer to coach the receivers, who has coached Randy Moss, Justin Blackmon, and Dez Bryant. The former two were Bilitnekoff winners under his direction.

Indiana Hoosiers ()

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Last year’s Indiana team was decimated by injuries and they ultimately fell to 2-10. Head coach Tom Allen is on an almost-probation, where he took a pay cut and cleaned house to keep his job another season. In comes experienced Missouri QB Connor Bazelack, who is the assumed starter for a departed Michael Penix Jr. (transferred to Washington). FPI and SP+ are bearish on the Hoosiers this coming season (73rd), but they did come away with the third-ranked signing class in the Big Ten this cycle. What may ultimately hold them back: the hardest schedule in the Big Ten, per FPI (10th in the nation).

Illinois Fighting Illini ()

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Illinois continues to be the secondary landing place for hyped and seemingly talented QBs, this time via Syracuse’s Tommy DeVito. The Fighting Illini complement DeVito with UTSA offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr., who led the Roadrunners to the 14th-best points per drive offense in 2021 (Illinois was 110th). Not necessarily an indictment, Illinois returns just 51% of their production from a season ago, fewest in the Big Ten. Their projection for the coming year will be much more evident after a few weeks under Lunney Jr.

Northwestern Wildcats ()

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After two Big Ten Championship appearances in three years, Northwestern crashed to just three wins a season ago. They’ve always been a team with tempered expectations, but it really seems like the program fell into a rut. Metrics have a skeptical outlook on this team in 2022: 83rd in FPI and SP+, behind teams like Georgia Tech, Tulane, and Toledo. Their star player, safety Brandon Joseph, took his talents to South Bend, though offensive lineman Peter Skoronski looks to be the next in line of recent Northwestern OL drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights ()

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Fans of Rutgers football have a reason to be optimistic about their team. They had their best finish last season since 2014 and signed a top-30 recruiting class in 2022. In comes Syracuse star receiver Taj Harris– who is from the Jersey area– and Minnesota co-DC Joe Harasymiak to coach the defense. Oddsmakers pit Rutgers for over wins this season, one of the more bullish outlooks on the team. However, their standing in the East Division greatly inhibits their Big Ten odds.

Players To Note

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State: Stroud is among the Heisman favorites after being named a finalist in 2021. He threw for over 4,400 yards and 44 touchdowns in his first season starting for the Buckeyes. A dangerous receiving corps will almost certainly make Stroud one of the most productive players in the nation again this season.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State: Despite sharing the field with two first-round NFL receivers a year ago, JSN was the leading pass catcher in receptions and yards for Ohio State. Those who didn’t know of him before do now after he erupted for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the Rose Bowl. He is one of the top non-QBs listed for the Heisman and a frontrunner for the Biletnikoff Award.

Jalen Berger, RB, Michigan State: Berger transferred from Wisconsin to Michigan State and is expected to take over the bellcow role in their backfield. After the massive success of Kenneth Walker III, Berger is expected to be a 1,000+ yard back this coming season.

Riley Moss, CB, Iowa: Moss is the top defensive back and potentially the top defensive player in the Big Ten. He spearheaded a lethal Iowa defense that led the nation in interceptions a year ago. Moss will get tested this year with matchups against receivers like Ohio State’s JSN and Michigan’s Roman Wilson.

Big Ten Power Rankings

1. Ohio State Buckeyes: They have by far the most talent on their roster, an elite head coach, now an elite defensive coordinator, and a chance to prove their national readiness in Week 1 against Notre Dame. Until proven otherwise, Ohio State is the best team in this conference.

2. Michigan Wolverines: Michigan returns a lot from their Playoff team of 2021, but they also lose a lot. However, given their capability on both offense and defense, Michigan is primed to beat almost anyone in the Big Ten.

3. Penn State: Sean Clifford, though he has his moments, is a very experienced playmaker who Penn State is comfortable leaning on. Clifford adds some serious weapons and the Nittany Lions made some nice upgrades to their team this offseason.

4. Purdue: Purdue is our pick out of the West as it stands today. They have the division’s best quarterback and a very favorable schedule. Don’t be surprised to see the Boilermakers pull off more trademark upsets this season.

5. Wisconsin: When you develop offensive linemen like Wisconsin does and roster a 1,200-yard true freshman back, you’re going to win football games in the Big Ten. In spite of a gigantic question mark in Graham Mertz, Wisconsin will be in the top-15 conversation all season long.

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Big Ten results 2021

EastConference RecordWestConference Record
Ohio State8-1Minnesota6-3
Michigan State7-2Wisconsin6-3
Penn State4-5Purdue6-3

Past Conference Champions

2020Ohio State*7-1
2019Ohio State*13-1
2018Ohio State13-1
2017Ohio State12-2
2016Penn State11-3
2015Michigan State*12-2
2014Ohio State^14-1
2013Michigan State13-1
2010Michigan State/Wisconsin11-2/11-2

*College Football Playoff selection
^National Champion

How to bet on conference winners

Our top advice we always give at TheLines is to shop around before diving headlong into the first bet you see. Different outlets offer different odds and a minute or two of your time could result in some more money coming your way. Just because FanDuel Sportsbook offers Iowa to win the Big Ten (+700) doesn’t mean DraftKings Sportsbook won’t offer the same prop at +900. We’ll compile all the odds for you so you always get the best price.

Sites like FanDuel, DraftKings, and Caesars offer ample ways to bet on college football conference winners– odds that will change drastically as the season progresses.

When betting on conference futures, be sure to keep in mind factors that are specific to college football. Important areas of consideration include:

  • Schedule (out of conference, home/away splits)
  • Coaching prowess
  • Returning production
  • Star quarterbacks
  • Experience and cohesiveness on the offensive line

Be sure to know which factors matter more than others. For example, a heavy focus is put on recruiting classes. However, the most recent class likely won’t take the field for another year or two and won’t factor into team success this season. Also, is this a coaching staff that develops its talent well? Staffs like Wisconsin are extremely good at developing talent whereas teams like Texas consistently underperform despite signing top recruiting classes.

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