Featured in this article:
  • Big Ten Football Announces 2020 Conference Schedule
  • On Same Day, UCONN Football Cancels Season
  • Big Ten Game Odds Hit Online Sportsbook

On the same day the Big Ten released its updated 2020 conference football schedule, the first FBS program, the University of Connecticut, cancelled its entire 2020 slate due to coronavirus risks. NCAA Division II and III also cancelled fall championships earlier this week. It’s truly survival of the financially fittest as to which college programs can survive, advance and field a program this fall. For now, it appears the Big Ten is pressing forward with what it considers a suitable conference schedule. Bookmakers at Bovada have updated their 2020 college football game odds, but with two footnote caveats for each matchup: Venue might change. Game must be played in 2020 for action.

Big Ten Football Featured Matchup Odds

Michigan at Ohio State (-11.5)

For the first time since 1942, one of college football’s most famous rivalries will not occur the final week of the regular season. Instead, the Wolverines and Buckeyes will square off October 24. Ohio State has won eight straight and are one win shy of tying the longest win streak in rivalry history. The Maize and Blue won nine in a row, 1901-1909.

As 11.5-point favorites, Ryan Day’s crew has their work cut out for them when it comes to covering the spread. OSU may be 9-1 straight up against Michigan this decade, but were just 6-4 against the spread. The combined point total OVER hit in eight of the last 10 UM-OSU games and seven straight. If you’re a fan of offense, the action on the field at “The Big House” and “Horseshoe” has entertained the masses.

Penn State Beaver Stadium

Ohio State (-6.5) at Penn State

Speaking of the Buckeyes, two weeks after facing Michigan, they have to travel to Happy Valley and tackle Penn State. The Nittany Lions scored 17-unanswered points against Ohio State last season, but fell short in a 28-17 loss in Columbus.

However, the Buckeyes have struggled against the spread when playing at Penn State over the past decade. They are 3-7 ATS with three consecutive ATS losses at Beaver Stadium. This is something to consider when taking into account the energy OSU exerted two weeks prior against Michigan. Will Penn State be just another game?

Wisconsin at Michigan (-3)

The good news for the Wolverines defense is that Badgers’ stud running back Jonathan Taylor graduated on into the NFL. However, can UM shake off the nightmare performance of a season ago that saw Wisconsin jump out to a 35-0 lead? The Wolverines’ offense is returning with a Rich Rodriguez-approved spread offense, but time will tell if the Big House’s homefield advantage is muted without-or-with fewer fans in the stands.

Michigan is 9-1 straight up and 6-4 against the spread with four covers in their last five home games.

Considering the Wolverines play the Buckeyes one week earlier, Wisconsin could haunt the home team on Halloween.

Wisconsin (-4) at Iowa

Slated for November 28, just ahead of the Big Ten Championship, the Hawkeyes welcome the Badgers to Kinnick Stadium. Despite possessing a strong homefield advantage, Iowa has lost five consecutive home games to Wisconsin and failed to cover the spread in four. This is likely why Bovada’s bookmakers have them pegged as four-point dogs here in the early going.

If you’re ready to place your bests, click the link and head on over to our online sportsbook college football betting guide.

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website WhatIfSports.com and senior editor of FOXSports.com's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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