- Ohio State has won the last two Big Ten Conference Championships
- Urban Meyer and QB Dwayne Haskins have been replaced by former OC Ryan Day and Georgia transfer Justin Fields
- Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 games against Michigan, including the seven straight
The college football season starts on Aug. 24th with a rivalry game between Florida vs Miami. Conference slates, including the Big Ten, will start circa Sept. 14.
Several sportsbooks have posted odds to win each of the ten FBS conferences, and the Big Ten sees its two biggest brands at the top of the list.
Odds to Win 2019 Big Ten Championship
|Team||2019 Big Ten Football Title Odds at BetOnline|
*odds taken 7/12
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won the last two conference titles and the opportunity to bet them at plus-money is something I didn’t think would be available.
They are definitely the play and here’s why.
Ryan Day Capable of Replacing Urban Meyer
Ryan Day is the new head coach at Ohio State and, to put it simply, he flat out earned the job. Day was the co-offensive coordinator and QB coach last year and it was a rousing success. He worked with Dwayne Haskins and helped turn him into, not only a Heisman candidate, but a first-round NFL Draft pick.
That success helped Day and the Buckeyes land highly touted transfer Justin Fields from Georgia to help fill the hole caused by Haskins’ departure.
— PFF WAS Redskins (@PFF_Redskins) July 11, 2019
Haskins led all of college football with 4,831 passing yards and he tossed 50 touchdowns to go along with only 8 interceptions. While Fields may not possess the same accuracy, he is much more athletic than Haskins and should take advantage of the Buckeyes’ creativity on offense.
With Day still playing a significant role in crafting the offense and Fields at QB, Ohio State is in great shape.
Chase Young the Next Great Ohio State Defensive End
Lately, I’ve come to accept that there are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Ohio State edge rushers becoming household names.
The Bosa brothers (Joey and Nick) were both taken in the first three picks of the draft and it’s absolutely possible Chase Young does the same. While there are talented players all over the field at Ohio State — like RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Austin Mack and CB Jeffrey Okudah — it’s Young that has the highest upside at the next level.
It’s early, call it “extremely early,” but @AlbertBreer likes Chase Young and Jeffrey Okudah to be top 10 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. FREE on @Bucknuts247https://t.co/dTTdSFBMtk pic.twitter.com/kPfJ0OE1kK
— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) July 10, 2019
The 6’5, 265-pound freak had 9.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss last season and should play an even bigger role as the feature of a hungry OSU defense in 2019.
Why Trust Michigan?
There’s little evidence to suggest that Michigan deserves your hard-earned dollars. Assuming they are in a battle with Ohio State for the conference title, their annual end-of-season matchup (a.k.a. “The Game”) should play a big role in determining the outcome.
Even though it’s at the Big House this year, it’s impossible to ignore the fact the Wolverines have lost seven straight to the Buckeyes and 14 of the last 15.
just an honest question here. If Harbaugh loses to Ryan Day this year will the heat be on?
— secsportstalk (@secsportstalkCF) July 7, 2019
Entering his fifth season in Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh has an 0-4 record. Last season, he became the first coach in program history to start his career with four straight losses to Ohio State.
You have to imagine that, if he makes it five in a row this season, the seat he’s sitting on could get a little warmer.
Considering that the Wolverines are paying only +250 in spite of middling success under Harbaugh, I’d fade them as aggressively as I would any team in the conference.
PICK: Ohio State Buckeyes (+110)
SDB’s college football conference championship coverage
- AAC: UCF Is +125 Chalk in the 2019 AAC Conference Title Odds; Memphis Next at +300
- ACC: 2019 ACC Title Odds Give Clemson (-350) Almost an 80% Chance
- Big 12: The Big 12 Conference Title Odds Set Oklahoma as -125 Favorite
- Big Ten: 2019 Big Ten Odds Indicate Ohio State (+110) Is a Step Ahead of Michigan (+240)
- C-USA: C-USA Deemed the Tightest Title Race in the Country
- MAC: MAC Conference Title Odds Favor Toledo, But Give Six Teams a Reasonable Shot
- Mountain West: 2019 Mountain West Title Shaping Up as Boise State vs the Field
- Pac-12: Utah Gaining on Favorites Washington, Oregon in 2019 Pac-12 Conference Title Odds
- SEC: Updated SEC Title Odds See Alabama & Georgia Get Even Shorter
- Sun Belt: App State Is a -175 Favorite to Win 2019 Sun Belt Title
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