BetOnline lists Penn State’s odds of winning a 2021 Big Ten football championship at 12/1, good for the fourth highest in the conference behind Ohio State, Wisconsin and defending champion Michigan.
Unsurprisingly, three of the top four are in the Big Ten East, and also unsurprisingly, Ohio State is the heavy favorite with 1/2 odds that probably will stay similarly high from now until at least the beginning of the season. Wisconsin is a distant second at 10/1, and Michigan is closely behind at 11/1.
Nebraska, despite going 3-9 in 2021 and not having been to a bowl game since 2015, has the fifth highest odds of winning the Big Ten at 14/1, which isn’t far behind Penn State. Nebraska has the second highest odds to win the Big Ten among any school in the Big Ten West, behind only Wisconsin.
After the top five, Iowa, the defending Big Ten West Champion, is the next team, with 20/1 odds to win the conference. The Hawkeyes are followed by Michigan State and Purdue, both at 25/1, and Minnesota at 28/1. Indiana has the fourth lowest odds at 33/1, and the last three, Illinois (100/1), Maryland (100/1) and Northwestern (150/1) are all long shots, to say the least.