Get ready for college football coming in August. The Big Ten conference has a top team estimated to stay ahead of the pack, but a few other teams also have the potential for a great season.
Topping the Conference
Ohio State Buckeye’s
Their over/under is at 11 wins out of a 12-game schedule. That means you will either bet they win every game or they don’t. I think it’s a no-brainer to bet under, but analysts are saying to bet over, as they believe the Buckeyes will win them all.
They lost two superstar receivers, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, but they recently landed two five-star receivers in Brandon Inniss and Carnell Tate. And most recently landed four-star prospect Noah Rogers. They are also expected to have junior Jaxon Smith-Njigba, join them this season. He’s probably the best receiver in the country. Their only weakness last year was their defense which they hope to improve with the new defensive coordinator, Kerry Coombs.
Nine starters on defense alone won’t be coming back this season. With the loss of many great players, Michigan is still expected to be one of the better teams in the Big Ten. But it does help that their non-conference schedule is very light. They are projected to win ten games but are unlikely to upset Ohio for the top spot. Their over/under is at 9.5 wins.
The Badgers are thought to remain at about the same level this season, getting nine wins. They have one of the top defenses in the Big Ten and great running backs in Braelon Allen and Chez Mellusi. If their quarterback Graham Mertz could live up to the hype and play consistently, Wisconsin would have a well-balanced offense to go along with their solid defense. Over/under is at 9 wins.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Although they didn’t finish near the top of their division last season, they were competing against the top teams in the conference. Penn State is thought to be more talented than its record has shown for the last two seasons. They’ve lost a few key players, as have most teams, but their quarterback, Sean Clifford, will be returning, and their defense should still be quite good. Look to see this team get more wins this year as their over/under is 8.5.
Then there’s the most incredible team that only had a 3-9 record. The Cornhuskers had a total of 335 points for and 272 points against and somehow couldn’t make a winning season out of it (3-9). They should have at least been a 6-6 team, yet their over/under are predicted to be 7.5 wins. That’s quite the leap, going from only three wins in a season all the way up to about 8.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans are expected to drop slightly in the standings due to their slightly worse offense. Last season they ground out 11 wins but should be happy to win eight of their games in 2022. Over/under is 7.5 wins.
Don’t expect to see as good a season as the Hawkeyes had last year. They ended the year at the top of the Western Division with ten wins but aren’t forecasted to get more than eight in 2022. Over/under is 7.5 wins.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
With nine wins last season, the Gophers are predicted to remain at about the same level this year but only have an over/under of 7.5 wins. This bet might be a bargain.
Aidan O’Connell is one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten, but with the loss of some key stars, the Boilermakers aren’t expected to do as well this season. Over/under: 7.
Coming up the Rear
Their roller coaster of a schedule will be challenging to work with, which might be why their over/under is 6 wins in 2022, a slight drop from last year’s total of seven.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Scarlet Knights aren’t expected to see much of a change this season but have a talented freshman quarterback (Gavin Wimsatt) coming in to mix things up for the starter, Noah Vedral. They had five wins last year, and their over/under is 4 wins for the season.
They ended up at the bottom of the heap last year and aren’t expected to do much better this season. They were able to transfer in several good defensive players. Maybe that can improve the average 35 points they allowed per game last season. Over/under: 4 wins.
On the lower end of the spectrum, here’s a team expected to lose every game. The Wildcats’ over/under is at 3.5 wins—bet under. Get your bettors to do some research on the team. This might be a good bet for them to make.
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