Score Strip

  1. League: NCAAF
  2. Texas A&M vs. South Carolina
    Aug 28ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (18) TAMU
    (4) S CAR
  3. Temple vs. Vanderbilt
    Aug 28ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    TEMP
    (24) VAND
  4. Weber St. vs. Arizona St.
    Aug 28ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    WEBR
    (20) AZ ST
  5. UCF vs. Penn St.
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 7:00 AM
    (10) UCF
    PSU
  6. Elon vs. Duke
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    ELON
    (23) DUKE
  7. UCLA vs. Virginia
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (16) UCLA
    UVA
  8. Alabama vs. West Virginia
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (7) ALA
    W VA
  9. Jacksonville St. vs. Michigan St.
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    JV ST
    (3) MI ST
  10. Clemson vs. Georgia
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (8) CLEM
    GA
  11. Ohio St. vs. Navy
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 12:00 PM
    (12) OH ST
    NAVY
  12. S. Dakota St. vs. Missouri
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    SDK ST
    (5) MIZZ
  13. Louisiana Tech vs. Oklahoma
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    LT
    (6) OKLA
  14. Florida St. vs. Oklahoma St.
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    (1) FL ST
    (17) OK ST
  15. Arkansas vs. Auburn
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    ARK
    (2) AUB
  16. Wisconsin vs. LSU
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 1:00 PM
    (22) WIS
    (14) LSU
  17. South Dakota vs. Oregon
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    S DAK
    (9) ORE
  18. Fresno St. vs. USC
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    FRES
    (19) USC
  19. UC Davis vs. Stanford
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:00 PM
    UCD
    (11) STAN
  20. Rice vs. Notre Dame
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 3:30 PM
    RICE
    (21) ND
  21. Washington vs. Hawaii
    Aug 30ᵗʰ 8:00 PM
    (25) WASH
    HAW
  22. SMU vs. Baylor
    Aug 31ˢᵗ 1:00 PM
    SMU
    (13) BAYL
  23. Miami (FL) vs. Louisville
    Sep 1ˢᵗ 8:00 PM
    MIA F
    (15) LOU
  24. View All

Dr. Saturday

Ohio State is a huge, huge favorite to win the Big Ten’s Leaders Division

Frank Schwab
Dr. Saturday

View photo

.

(USA Today Sports Images)


The gambling site TheGreek.com posted odds for all the division races in college football (h/t to Beyond the Bets, which has all the odds), and most are unsurprising.

Ohio State is favored to win the Big Ten Leaders Division, of course. The Buckeyes are coming off a 12-0 season, have a lot of players back and possible contender Penn State is still under NCAA sanctions.

It's not shocking that Ohio State is favored. It's the steep odds on the Buckeyes, which project them as almost a virtual lock to win the division, that are a bit startling.

Ohio State is -800, or 1-to-8, to win the division. For every $800 you put down on the Buckeyes, you'll win only $100. Put in percentage form, you'd have to believe that Ohio State has better than an 88.9 percent chance of winning its division to be getting a good value on that bet. That's pretty incredible.

It's almost impossible to find a season prediction in sports that has an 89 percent chance of coming true, but those odds do show how dominant Ohio State is compared to the rest of the division.

Wisconsin, at 3-to-1 odds, is the only real contender. The other three eligible teams in the division are Illinois, Indiana and Purdue. They're all 10-to-1 or higher to win the Leaders Division. Good luck with that.

So while 1-to-8 odds are fairly ridiculous for just about anything, we're not exactly going to encourage anyone to run up to the window and bet against Ohio State either. It seems like it's going to be a pretty boring year on that side of the Big Ten. Start making plans to be in Indianapolis this December, Buckeyes fans.

- - -
Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday and be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.

View Comments