As someone in the Midwest, there’s little to no feelings better than waking up a little hungover on a cool and crisp Saturday morning to the sound of College Gameday knowing that Big Ten football is gonna be on all day long.
After voting to not play (with the exception of Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State) several times in the past few months, many football players, coaches and fans were left frustrated and disappointed as other Midwest teams such as Notre Dame hit the field this past weekend.
Luckily the B1G announced this morning that they will finally be beginning their season on October 24 with each team playing eight games. The schedule is supposed to be released at some point this week and the B1G Championship is planned for Dec. 19 -- one day before Selection Day. On Dec. 19, the 12 teams not in the Championship will square off against their corresponding seed in the opposite division.
While there’s still going to be restrictions and guidelines, it’s just great to have B1G back in action. Players, coaches and other staff are expected to be tested daily. Despite rumors of Michigan and Michigan State sitting out for the season, it seems as if all 14 teams will be in action soon.
Before you turn your excitement into firing off some futures bets, remember all the key pieces in the conference that decided to opt out. OSU’s Shaun Wade and Wyatt Davis have opted out. Purdue’s playmaker and one of the most talented players in college Rondale Moore has opted out as well. Micah Parsons (Penn State), Josh Jackson (Maryland), Rashod Bateman (Minnesota), and Ambry Thomas (Michigan) are a few other notable players who have opted out.
It should be interesting to see how Playoff and Heisman odds will be affected by the B1G’s decision to get back on the field. Before the pandemic halted the start of the B1G football season, Ohio State was a favorite to win the conference at -225. Penn State was +600 to win the conference and Michigan was close behind at +700.
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