The online sports book Bovada.lv has listed the Wisconsin Badgers with 9/2 odds to win the Big Ten Championship in futures betting released this week.
Ohio State is the odds-on favorite to win the conference title, according to Bovada, coming off at 10/11.
The Badgers are the team in the West Division with the best odds to win the conference, but are still behind Michigan State’s 15/4 odds.
The odds to win the Big Ten title are:
- Ohio State 10/11
- Michigan State 15/4
- Wisconsin 9/2
- Nebraska 11/2
- Michigan 9/1
- Iowa 14/1
- Northwestern 40/1
- Minnesota 66/1
- Indiana 100/1
- Maryland 100/1
- Illinois 200/1
- Rutgers 200/1
- Purdue 300/1
Somewhere in West Lafayette, Ind., there is a Boilermakers fan thinking, “So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance!” Purdue’s odds are the worst of any Power 5 conference member in the nation, coming off a 1-11 campaign in 2013.
Wisconsin last won the Big Ten title in 2012, when they thumped Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game 70-31.
Here is each conference member’s most recent conference title (shared denoted by asterisk):
- Michigan State—2013
- Ohio State—2009
- Penn State—1994
It should be noted that Ohio State’s Big Ten title in 2010 was later vacated, as were Penn State’s conference crowns in 2005 and 2008.
Nebraska has not won a Big Ten title in its three seasons in the league. Maryland and Rutgers are new members of the conference for 2014.