July 21st, 2011- By Bryan Cross
The Big Ten added the Nebraska Cornhuskers as their latest member institution for this upcoming football season, with the conference now featuring 12 total teams. As a result, there will be the first Big Ten Championship game in history as the conference was split into two divisions.
And in their first year in the new conference, it’s the Cornhuskers that get the nod on online sportsbooks as the overall favorite to capture the Big Ten title.
The Big Ten is split into two divisions this season; the Legends and the Leaders.
Coming out of the Legends division, Nebraska is grouped with Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, North Western and Minnesota. Big Ten Championship Betting Odds at Bodog Sportsbook have installed the Cornhuskers as an assertive 1/2 favorite to capture that Legends Division title and make it to the championship game.
They are favored to meet Wisconsin out of the Leaders division. With the edition of quarterback Russell Wilson from North Carolina State, he has put the Badgers on the radar not only as a contender to win the Big Ten, but also on the national landscape as well.
But even so, it’s Nebraska that remains the favorite to win the conference championship, set at 8/5 on online sportsbooks. Wisconsin obviously comes in that second-slot behind the Cornhuskers, going off at 11/5.
These odds pave the way for a potentially huge showdown on Oct.1, when the Cornhuskers travel to Madison to face Wilson and the Badgers in a prime-time game already set at 8pm Et. The match up could be a foreshadowing of the conference title game in Indianapolis on Dec.3
Of course, it’s not just Nebraska and Wisconsin that oddsmakers believe have a legitimate chance at a conference title. Had it not been for the turmoil created at Ohio State, it very well might have been the Buckeyes at the forefront of the list to win the Big Ten. But as such, they fall behind both Nebraska and Wisconsin in terms of Big Ten Conference betting odds in 2011.
The Cornhuskers will face both Wisconsin and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks beginning with that Oct. 1 showdown in Madison. They get the Buckeyes at home the next week, but this key stretch in the beginning of October could very well determine the shape of the season for this first-year Big Ten team. The match up is the first conference game for both teams in 2011.
Odds To Win Big Ten – Courtesy of Bodog Sportsbook
Ohio State 5/1
Penn State 11/2
Michigan State 10/1