The last time Bovada released its preseason odds, Ohio State and Michigan were listed as equal favorites to win the Big Ten Championship and were also dead even in terms of the national championship picture.
The bookmaker released its final odds of the preseason Thursday, and things have changed slightly. The odds are now in favor of the Buckeyes to claim the Big Ten crown, while Ohio State and Michigan are still even favorites to win the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State is now 8/5 to win the Big Ten, slightly ahead of Michigan at 2/1. The Buckeyes were also given even odds to win the Big Ten East, while Michigan’s odds dropped from 5/4 to 8/5.
The last preseason title odds have Ohio State and Michigan unchanged at 9/1, behind Alabama (6/1), Clemson (13/2), LSU (13/2) and tied with Florida State.
Michigan State (50/1), Iowa (66/1), Wisconsin (100/1), Nebraska (150/1), Maryland (250/1), Penn State (300/1), Northwestern (500/1) and Indiana (500/1) were also given title odds.
In the odds to win the Heisman, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers jumped on the board. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett remained on at 10/1, while Peppers is 12/1 and Barkley is 75/1.
Here are the full odds for the Big Ten division and championship races:
Big Ten East
Ohio State 1/1
Michigan State 5/1
Penn State 10/1
Big Ten West
Big Ten Championship
Ohio State 8/5
Michigan State 7/1
Penn State 20/1