It took seven years, but Jim Harbaugh finally beat Ohio State and claimed his first Big Ten title last season. Is Michigan here for a good time, or a long time?
Not only will Harbaugh and the Wolverines have to replace several game changers on their great defense, including Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson, but they’ll also have to contend with a Buckeyes’ offense that is as dangerous as ever.
Meanwhile, Penn State and Michigan State are waiting in the wings — and that’s just in the East Division.
Out of the West Division, will a team like Iowa, Minnesota, or Wisconsin emerge as a real contender for the conference title?
Here’s our 2022 Big Ten college football betting preview.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of July 25, 2022.
Favorites to win the Big Ten in 2022
Ohio State (-215)
The Ohio State Buckeyes had their streak of four consecutive conference titles snapped last season, when Michigan defeated them 42-27 in their regular season finale in the Big House, but they are the odds-on-favorites to return to the top of the Big Ten for a reason — and it all starts with their offense.
This should be another high-octane Ohio State offense as CJ Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba could be the most lethal QB-RB-WR trio in college football this season.
Stroud is coming off a season where he threw for over 4,000 yards with 44 touchdowns and six interceptions, and there is still room for improvement.
Henderson can take the next step in his development, as well, and be the latest in the long line of great Buckeyes running backs.
Normally, you would think the loss of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave would crush a team’s wide receiver depth, but did you see what Smith-Njigba did without them in the Rose Bowl? (15 catches for 347 yards and three scores, if you live under a rock).
Ohio State’s problems last season stemmed from not being physical enough on the defensive front. The teams it really struggled against last season — Oregon, Michigan, Utah, and even Minnesota early in the season — were able to push the Buckeyes around in the trenches.