NCAA football betting challengers include Iowa, Wisconsin, and Penn State to knockoff the Buckeyes while 4 college football gambling dark horses could be lurking.
Ohio State is fresh off a Rose Bowl win and their 5th consecutive Big Ten Conference title. Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor returns to lead the offense that has 9 starters returning.
The defense returns 6 starters and has held opponents to under 14 points per game in 4 consecutive seasons. The schedule is tricky, however, with road games at Iowa and Wisconsin.
Iowa had a phenomenal year in 2009 as they were 11-2 straight up and 9-3 with the NCAA odds. The Hawkeyes return 6 starters on offense led by senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi. The top 2 backs and top 2 receivers also return while 8 starters come back for defense.
With top contenders Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin at home the schedule breaks right for Iowa in 2010.
Wisconsin had a nice bounce back season in 2009 as they went 10-3 and beat Miami-FL in the Champs Sports Bowl. A whopping 10 starters return to the offense led by senior quarterback Scott Tolzien, junior running back John Clay, and junior wideout Nick Toon.
The Badgers could be a live dog with the college football lines when they host Ohio State on October 16.
Penn State continues to be one of the most consistent programs in college football as they are coming off back-to-back 11 win seasons and have 8 starters back on offense, although the quarterback position will have a new starter.
The schedule is tough wit road games at Alabama, Iowa, and Ohio State and that may be the NCAA football betting deal breaker for the Nittany Lions in 2010.
Michigan State took a step back last year going from 9-4 in 2008 to 6-7 last year. The Spartans return 7 starters on offense and 6 on defense and are determined to make Mark Dantonio’s 4th season a success.
Rich Rodriguez has the hottest seat in the Big Ten as his first 2 seasons at Michigan have been the worst 2-year stretch in school history. With 7 starters back on offense and 8 on defense this figures to be his last stand.
Northwestern figures to be a pesky team that could bring value after 2 consecutive bowl seasons as Pat Fitzgerald continues to impress as coach.