The BIG10 conference is one of the most prestigious conferences in all of college football. Last season, the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes in the BIG10 Championship Game though. It happened because Michigan was able to finally beat the Ohio State Buckeyes on the big stage the week before that on Thanksgiving Day Weekend.
A lot will potentially be different this season in the BIG10 conference. College football picks for the BIG10 conference have already been made for the upcoming 2022 season. Who are some of the favorites to win the BIG10 conference in college football this season?
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the overwhelming favorite to win the BIG10 conference title this season. Ohio State lost to the Michigan Wolverines on the road last season on Thanksgiving Day Weekend and it was one of the reasons why they missed out on the title opportunity. They didn’t even make the college football playoffs to boot and Ohio State has unfinished business this season under head coach Ryan Day.
A lot of college football predictions have the Ohio State Buckeyes in the college football playoff this season along with potentially teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Ohio State has one of the best offenses in the country led by sophomore redshirt quarterback C.J. Stroud. He is one of the betting favorites to win the Heisman Trophy and also be one of the top quarterbacks taken in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Some of the key offensive weapons on this roster will be running back redshirt freshman TreVeyon Henderson, wide receiver redshirt freshman Marvin Harrison Jr., wide receiver junior Julian Fleming, and wide receiver junior Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The biggest question will be their defense.
The Michigan Wolverines will be the second favorite to win the BIG10 conference this season in college football under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan won the BIG10 conference a season ago and is losing some key pieces on both sides of the football, but they are reloading and will be in contention once again potentially for the college football playoff.
The Wolverines will have to replace defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and running back Hasaan Haskins. Michigan will have senior defensive end Mike Morris take his spot and the running back tandem of junior Blake Corum and sophomore Donovan Edwards will take the reigns of this offense. Senior quarterback Cade McNamara returns to this offense and they could be even more explosive.
Michigan will be the favorites in a lot of college football picks against the spread in several games this upcoming season for them. The Michigan Wolverines might have the best value in the BIG10 betting-wise to win the conference for a second consecutive season.
The Wisconsin Badgers have the third-best chance to win the BIG10 title this season. Wisconsin’s head coach is Paul Chryst. The Badgers always have a very good running game and a very good defense, but the quarterback play every single season has always been suspect for them.
Wisconsin redshirt junior Graham Mertz will be the starting quarterback. Hopefully, he improved from what he did last season. Mertz needs to get it together this season so they can maybe get back to the BIG10 title game and win it.
The Wisconsin Badgers top running back this season will be sophomore Braelon Allen. Their top wide receiver returning will be junior Chimere Duke. Their starting tight end will be redshirt senior Jack Eschenbach.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Penn State Nittany Lions have the fourth-best chance to win the BIG10 title this season. Penn State under head coach James Franklin has always recruited well, but they have seemed to struggle on the field in terms of winning football games. The Nittany Lions will look to improve from last season.
Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Clifford is back. Junior running back Keyvone Lee will be the starter and senior transfer wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley will be the key wide receiver after Jahan Dotson left for the NFL. Their defense is always solid every year.