We are back from a short hiatus and we are back to talk about Big Ten future bets. Ohio State and Michigan are the clear favorites this season but there are plenty of other teams you can bet on this season. Last season we had multiple surprises in the Big Ten with Illinois competing for the Big Ten West title and Wisconsin falling well short of their expectations. Today we are going to look at 3 Big Ten win totals we like. Reminder to spend your money how you wish and I am not a gambling expert. All lines are provided by FanDuel.
Penn State: Over 9.5 Wins – Take a look at Penn State’s schedule and find me more than 3 games you realistically think they lose. Ohio State and Michigan are the obvious games which will challenge Penn State. Illinois and Iowa are the only other games you could reasonably justify as a potential challenger. Penn State is starting a new quarterback in Drew Allar and he may be the most talented quarterback for the Nittany Lions in over two decades. The backfield is loaded with talent in Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. Kalen King and Abdul Carter are going to lead a strong defense once again. Even if Penn State falls to Ohio State and Michigan, they should win the remaining 10 games on their schedule. James Franklin once again has an incredibly talented team and should be in a great spot for a New Year’s Six bowl game. Over 9.5 wins feels like a lay up here.
Iowa: Over 7.5 Wins – The Iowa Hawkeyes went 7-5 last year in the regular season with one of the worst offenses the Big Ten has ever seen. Kirk Ferentz addressed the offensive side of the ball in the transfer portal bringing in Cade McNamara from Michigan to give them an actual quarterback. Ferentz also brought in offensive firepower in tight end Erick All and wide receivers Kaleb Brown and Seth Anderson. The Hawkeyes lost three of their five games by less than a touchdown. In each of the losses they failed to score 20 points. Addressing the offense was the biggest concern for Iowa. The Hawkeyes still have one of the best defensive coordinators in the country in Phil Parker leaving the defense without many questions. Iowa’s crossover games are Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan State giving them a legitimate chance at winning two of the three games. Winning at least eight games should be in the cards for the Hawkeyes.
Indiana: Under 3.5 Wins – The Indiana Hoosiers were terrible last year and they are a worse football team this fall. Dasan McCullough was one of the lone bright spots and he opted to transfer to Oklahoma. McCullough was a Freshman All-American leaving a major hole in the defense. Quarterback is a major question for Indiana with no clear starter or anyone with significant playing experience. Dexter Williams II, Brendan Sorsby and Tayven Jackson combined to attempt 48 passes in their career thus far. The schedule does not do Indiana any favors either. The inexperienced Hoosiers team opens the season with a near impossible task facing Ohio State. A non conference game against Louisville is also likely going to be a loss. The Big Ten crossover games include a trip to Illinois and Purdue while hosting Wisconsin in Bloomington. Indiana needs to beat Indiana State and Akron which is also not a guarantee. There is almost no path for Indiana to win four games this season.
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