NCAA betting odds in 2011 will include the Big 10 Conference championship game.
The conference will be expanding to 12 teams next season with the addition of Nebraska and they will be holding their first-ever conference title game. College football betting odds on championship games always draw a lot of interest and the Big 10 should do very well with the game.
NCAA betting odds on the Big 10 championship game will list the site as Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. It was the logical choice for the conference since the stadium can handle a big crowd and is a neutral site. The Big 10 has not chosen future sites yet but it is possible that Lucas Oil Stadium will get future games as well. The Big 10 really didn’t look at any other site other than Indianapolis for the title game. Lucas Oil Stadium is set to host the Super Bowl in 2012. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said that the conference will look at other cities for both football and basketball games in the future.
The NCAA requires at least 12 teams for a conference to hold a title game which means the Big 10 can hold one when Nebraska joins the conference next season. The only team that would have a home field advantage for the Big 10 title game would be Purdue and it seems unlikely they will be in that game. Indiana would also have an edge but they have not been a Big 10 contender in decades. The three most likely contenders would be Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa and none of those teams would have a huge edge with the game played at Indianapolis.
The Big 10 will not have a championship game this season. Ohio State is favored to win the conference this season with Iowa and Wisconsin the two teams most likely to give them a challenge. Ohio State begins the 2010 season ranked #2 in the country. They have the second-lowest odds to win the national title this season behind defending champion Alabama. The Buckeyes have a tough schedule this season in the Big 10 as they will have to travel to both Iowa and Wisconsin. They also host Miami of Florida in a tough early season matchup.