Ohio State will be big favorites against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes are a 17.5-point favorites against the Badgers in the opening betting line, per OddsShark. Ohio State was favored by 14.5 points in the odds for their October 26th matchup, and the Buckeyes are favored by even more this time around.
NBC Sports’ Tim Murray reported that Vegas oddsmaker Matt Lindeman projected Ohio State would be favored by 13.5 points over Wisconsin heading into rivalry weekend.
“@lindetrain joined “The Daily Line” on Tuesday and gave some look ahead thoughts on some conference championship games…He said he had Ohio State -13.5 over Wisconsin,” Murray tweeted.
Ohio State waited to play the winner of Wisconsin-Minnesota on Saturday, December 7th at 8 p.m. on Fox. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana will once again be the location for the Big Ten Championship. Just as Ohio State dominated Michigan, Wisconsin pulled away from Minnesota early and extended its lead in the second half.
According to OddsShark, Ohio State is the current national championship favorite at +175 slightly above LSU’s +250 odds. Minnesota is eighth on the odds list at +10000.
Ohio State Defeated Wisconsin Earlier This Season
The Big Ten title game will be a rematch as Wisconsin looks to avenge their 38-7 loss to Ohio State. J.K. Dobbins had a massive game against Wisconsin with 20 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin was only able to notch 108 passing yards against Ohio State.
Ohio State has performed well in Vegas so far this season going 9-3 against the spread heading into the Big Ten title matchup, per OddsShark. Seven of the Buckeyes games have gone over the point total, while five contests have hit the under. Wisconsin has gone 6-5 against the spread with six games going under the total and five matchups hitting the over.
Ohio State Once Again Dominated Michigan in Their Rivalry Matchup
Michigan briefly hung with Ohio State only to watch the Buckeyes surge in the second half on the way to a 56-27 victory over the Wolverines. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young noted after the game it was business as usual for the Buckeyes.
“It feels great just to continue the legacy of this great Ohio State tradition,” Young said, per ESPN. “We’re just going to try to keep it moving next week.”
Ohio State had a brief scare as Justin Fields exited the game with a knee injury. Fields only missed a few plays and immediately threw a touchdown pass upon his return showing that his leg was just fine.
“It was a magical moment,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day noted to ESPN. “I thought it was a Heisman moment.”