We are in the eighth week of the college football season, but the Big Ten is finally back to playing football. We will see Heisman hopefuls and national title contenders take the field once again in hopes of writing their names in the history books. This season will be like no other, and that includes the Big Ten.
Ohio State is clearly going to be one of the best teams in the country, but the Big Ten will still be competitive. Penn State. Wisconsin and Minnesota will all be looking to compete in the conference. Even Michigan has hopes of being a dark horse. However, not all of these teams can achieve their goals.
With a new Big Ten season comes a new chance to place some bets. Let’s look at what it will take for a Big Ten parlay to hit and place a parlay of our own.
Issues With Parlays in 2020
The problems with bets in general this year is the unpredictability of the college football season. We have already seen tons of upsets. When Oklahoma starts the season 1-2, anything can happen. So, what does this mean for the Big Ten. Expect even more chaos. We are buying hype for most of our predictions. It is human nature for some teams to fail to live up to that standard.
This adds risk to the equation, but it also adds the potential for a reward. If you can successfully predict where chaos will ensue, you have the chance for a significant payout. So, which teams should you keep an eye on?
Ohio State rightfully deserves the hype going into this season. They retain a great head coach and a Heisman candidate at quarterback. Penn State has senior leadership on their team, but will that be enough for them to contend? I’m also worried about Michigan. They seem to be overhyped every season.
It will be interesting to see which teams fail to live up to the hype this year.
What to Make of Wisconsin
The Badgers have a well-disciplined team and will rely on a stout defense in 2020. As always, look for the Badgers to run the ball heavily in most of their games. With an easier schedule, Wisconsin has a chance to find itself in the Big Ten Championship.
The biggest concern for Wisconsin is that they will be without Jonathan Taylor. Taylor was an absolute workhorse for his entire collegiate career, so it will be strange to see anyone else in the backfield. Wisconsin will split carries between Nakia Watson and Garrett Groshek. Both played in reserved roles last year, but they will need to take major steps forward for the Badgers. Thankfully, Wisconsin has a chance to ease their way into the season against Illinois. Top sportsbooks have listed the Badgers as -19.5 favorites.
Watch Out for Moneyline Picks
Point spreads have been so volatile this season. Teams are breaking molds in ways that feel unpredictable. Because of this, it might be wise to hold off on betting point spreads for a week or two in the Big Ten. Instead of doing that, let’s roll with a parlay involving two moneyline predictions. This gives you better odds at a payout while still making the reward worth the risk.
Until we know what to make of new faces and the conference as a whole, let’s take the safer route for this week.
It’s Time to Parlay
The two games that intrigue me the most are Penn State vs. Indiana and Wisconsin vs. Illinois. The Fighting Illini might be on the rise, but Wisconsin really likes their freshman quarterback. If he is as advertised, the Badgers will have no problems winning this game.
Penn State is also a disciplined team. There is a lot of value with their bet, so I think it should be added to a parlay. Nothing is certain, but this parlay feels like a lock to me with the limited information about the 2020 Big Ten football season.
Two Team Moneyline Big Ten Parlay
- Wisconsin (-1000) vs. Illinois at Heritage
- Penn State (-230) vs. Indiana at Heritage (Visit our Heritage review)