2017 Big Ten Championship Game Odds & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 1, 2017 in

Indianapolis will be the site of the clash between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday. The Ohio State Buckeyes are the Big Ten Championship Game Odds favorite, but they are taking on one of the two remaining unbeaten teams in College Football.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 12-0 and have had just one game all season finish under double digits. The Badgers are coming off an impressive seasons finale win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. For Ohio State, they are 10-2, after losses this season to the Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa Hawkeyes. Ohio State is -7 over Wisconsin in this game on Saturday.

2017 Big Ten Championship Game Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Saturday, 8 PM ET
  • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
  • TV: Fox
  • Stream: Fox Sports Go
  • Radio: 97.1 FM (Ohio State) / 100.9 FM (Wisconsin)
  • Big Ten Championship Game Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -7

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 5°C/41°F
  • Humidity: 81%
  • Precipitation: 4%
  • Wind: 6 mph W
  • Cloud Cover: 8%

2017 SEC Championship Game Odds & Pick: Georgia vs. Auburn

Why Bet the Ohio State Buckeyes?

The Ohio State Buckeyes were one of the favorites to win the National Championship at the start of the season. Now, at #8 in the poll, it seems impossible for them to get in. The Buckeyes killer loss was when they allowed 55 points on the road at the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Ohio State is 5th in NCAA Football, scoring nearly 44 points per game. The defense has been pretty good, with the exception of their losses to Oklahoma and Iowa. The defense is allowing just shy of 20 points per game. Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is one of the top running backs in College Football, with just shy of 1,200 yards on the ground this season.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 43.75
  • Total Yards: 529.83
  • Pass Yards: 278.58
  • Rush Yards: 251.25

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 19.83
  • Total Yards: 291.83
  • Pass Yards: 179
  • Rush Yards: 112.83

Why Bet the Wisconsin Badgers?

The Wisconsin Badgers are looking to get into the College Football Playoff as the lone unbeaten team. The Central Florida Knights are the other unbeaten team, and they are going to get left out. Wisconsin only beat two teams all season that were ever in the Top 25 rankings. A win at home over Iowa, and the next week over Michigan.

The Big Ten Championship Game Odds for Wisconsin are not good.

The Badgers are led by freshman running back Jonathan Taylor. He finished with more than 1,800 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns. Alex Hornibrook was the quarterback all season and will have a goal to take care of the football. The quarterback threw 13 touchdowns this season.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 34.83
  • Total Yards: 426
  • Pass Yards: 182.75
  • Rush Yards: 243.25

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 12
  • Total Yards: 236.92
  • Pass Yards: 156.42
  • Rush Yards: 80.50

Latest Big Ten Championship Game Betting Trends

  • Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Ohio State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Ohio State’s last 9 games
  • Wisconsin is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisconsin’s last 6 games when playing Ohio State

Expert Pick and Prediction

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the better football team. The speed and athleticism of the Buckeyes are going to give the Badgers all sorts of problems. Look for Ohio State to force the Wisconsin offense into tough passing situations, which is not going to be a good result for the Badgers.

Ohio State wins this game, and the Big Ten gets left out. The Buckeyes would have to pass several teams to get in. The best hope for the Buckeyes is that Oklahoma losses, but even at that – they would have to pass Nick Saban and Alabama. Bet Ohio State -7 over Wisconsin in this game.