Big Ten Brings Big Weekend Match-Ups; 3 Key Spreads & Over/Unders
The Big Ten is dishing up some serious games for this weekend, but what can we expect and what are the experts saying about our local teams and matchups. There are 3 big games to watch and conference play is back in session. Let’s get in to the 3 “BIG” games to take in this Saturday.
First on the list is of course #4 Michigan at Iowa and it could go one of 2 ways depending on what offense shows up. Did you know that the Hawks are 4-1 in Kinnick against teams ranked in the top 5 since 2010? True story. Our defense definitely gives us a chance against the high ranked Wolverines. Most pundits are picking Michigan on this one and so are the betting lines; Michigan (-11) are the spread favorites with the over/under set at 42-points.
Second is the match-up that sees former Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielma return to Madison for the first time with the Fighting Illini. Pundits seem split on this match-up but the betting line says Badgers (-7) are the spread favorite with the over/under at 43.5-points. Interesting facts about this match up; Illinois has a 3-1-0 record against the spread this season. Wisconsin has covered the spread twice.
Third match-up is the other ranked member of the Big Ten #3 Ohio takes on the Rutgers. This is expected to be a walk in the park; Ohio has been given a computer generated 98.3% chance of winning, but games aren’t played on paper. However, oddsmakers agree, as Ohio State comes into the game as strong 41.5-point favorites, which sets the over/under mark at 59.5-points. This is as close as it gets to a “sure thing” folks.
There’s your breakdown of the “big” Big Ten match-ups to watch for this weekend.