Caesars’ Futures Odds for the Big Ten Puts Michigan Wolverines as Favorites

Jessica Aletor
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Jessica Aletor
09/06/2023/
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Highlights

  • Betting odds for the Big Ten Championship has put the Michigan Wolverines +175 to win the tournament, making them favorites.
  • Michigan Wolverines ranked ahead of their fiercest rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes by a slight margin on Caesars Sportsbooks.
  • Going into the summer, the Wolverines are judged to have the strongest roster while Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota are dark horses.

The Big Ten Football Championship is not scheduled to be held until the first week in December 2023. Nevertheless, sportsbooks have started giving bettors a sneak peek into what the tournament may look like. Recently, Caesars Sportsbook MI released early odds, tipping Michigan Wolverines to emerge champions of the Big Ten.

Caesars’ early moneyline futures odds put the Wolverines as favorites ahead of Ohio State Buckeyes. Compared to last season, Michigan is considered by many to have solidified its positions, making it better poised to win this year’s championship. Here’s a more detailed analysis of Caesar Sportsbook’s odds and what this means for the college football team in the Wolverine State.

Michigan Wolverines Boasts More NFL Talent This Season

In the past few months, the Wolverines have reinforced their ranks, drawing in more impressive talent than in the previous season. Last season, many spectators doubted the potential of Michigan football as the college team lost a great deal of players to NFL draft picks. Among other positions, the team had to replace defensive players and quarterbacks.

With former assistant coach Matt Weiss losing his employment on allegations of “computer access crimes,” the Wolverines have had to hire new coordinators and coaches too. Kirk Campbell came in as new quarterbacks coach while Sherrone Moore was appointed as co-offensive coordinator.

Michigan’s updated list of players now includes top talents Blake Corum, Kris Jenkins, Zak Zinter, Blake Corum and Trevor Keegan. The team is now predicted to secure the transfer of cornerback target Josh Wallace and offensive player Bennett Warren. Both players are expected to commit to the Wolverines.

Ohio State has also made some boosts to their roster. However, it’s not yet clear which players will be starters for the college team. Kyle McCord is in top contention to lead the lineup of starters given his place as the most experienced quarterback with the Buckeyes. For the past twenty years, Ohio State has had some of the best quarterbacks in the national league, and it appears that’s about to continue.

Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota Listed as Dark Horse Candidates

Despite incredible hopes for the Buckeyes, there are still several doubts about their offensive line, as they lack the squad depth to face off with other teams. This may well account for their slightly lower odds than Michigan. Ohio State brought on Jim Knowles to take over as defensive coordinator last season, pushing up the quality of that line.

However, as reflected in The Game against Michigan, the defensive line failed to connect with the offensive players, leading to several chances being wasted. There’s a good chance that Michigan’s The Game 45-23 win against the Buckeyes may repeat itself this season. Even better, the Wolverines will be home at Ann Arbor when the game takes place.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten Conference, Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota have been selected by Caesars Sportsbook MI as dark horses. Penn State also has been a far cry from what would have been expected. The team will be fielding one of the youngest squads in the conference, but they are no doubt a talented bunch. Ahead of the new season, there is a good chance Penn State will drop off to a ranking in the top 6-8 teams in the NFL.

Maryland is favorites of the long odds and Michigan State is faulted with a very weak roster. Similarly, Rutgers, Northwestern and Indiana are placed bottom of the conference on the basis of roster and previous performances. On the flip side, teams like Iowa and Wisconsin are tipped to secure early wins in the Big Ten Conference. Much is credited to Luke Fickell, Wisconsin’s new head coach who is said to bring new vigor to the team.

Full Futures Betting Odds Ahead of the Big Ten Championship

The Big Ten Championship is highly anticipated and players can already place futures bets on the possible outcome of the conference. But with the NFL season scheduled to start way earlier than the Big Ten, there is a good chance that the odds will change significantly into the start of the championship.

Here are the full betting odds for the championship released by Caesars Sportsbook.

Michigan +175
Ohio State +200
Penn State +650
Wisconsin +700
Iowa +800
Minnesota +1500
Illinois +2000
Nebraska +2000
Maryland+10000
Michigan State +10000
Purdue +12500
Indiana +20000
Northwestern +20000
Rutgers +20000

You can place bets on popular NFL betting sites or apps licensed in Michigan on several outcomes. 

Jessica is a news contributor to Gamble Online Michigan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics but has over three years of experience working in the hospitality and gambling industry. Despite her core finance and investment banking background, she has been a casino feature writer for N1 Interactive Limited and multiple gambling affiliate sites. Her work has been featured on the bet365 blog, casino.zone and Max Force Racing. She spends her time between Michigan and California, staying up-to-date on the latest industry developments