Wolverines Enter Big Ten Championship Game As Heavy Favorite At Michigan Sportsbooks

Written By Drew Ellis on November 28, 2022
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The Michigan Wolverines are set to play for a second consecutive Big Ten Championship.

Following an emphatic win at Ohio State this past Saturday, the Wolverines now turn their attention to upset-minded Purdue.

A win from a playoff spot, will Michigan avoid a massive letdown against the Boilermakers in Indianapolis on Saturday?

Most Michigan sportsbooks see the Wolverines as a huge favorite for Saturday night’s title game.

Big Ten Championship Game odds

No. 2 Michigan takes on unranked Purdue for the Big Ten Championship.

Michigan’s football odds for the title game are quite lopsided.

The sportsbooks are listing Michigan anywhere from a 15.5-to-16.5-point favorite.

The over/under total for the game is listed at 50.5 or 51 points at most of Michigan’s sportsbooks.

Michigan football betting trends

The Wolverines improved to a perfect 12-0 thanks to a 45-23 victory at Ohio State.

Michigan was an underdog coming into the game, moving it to 7-4-1 against the spread on the season.

Purdue is 8-4 overall on the season after a 30-16 victory at Indiana on Saturday to lock up the Big Ten West.

The Boilermakers are just 5-7 against the spread on the season despite covering as a 10.5-point favorite against the Hoosiers.

When it comes to the total, Purdue is 7-5 with the over. Michigan is 8-4 with the under.

Michigan vs. Purdue history

Michigan football has dominated Purdue over its history.

The Wolverines are 45-14 all-time against the Boilermakers, having won the last four meetings.

Michigan has also covered the spread in three straight against Purdue, while the two have hit the under in three of their last four encounters.

How to watch: Big Ten Championship

  • What: No. 2 Michigan (12-0) vs. Purdue (8-4)
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • TV: FOX
  • Online Livestream: FOX Sports App
  • Radio: Learfield Michigan Sports Network
  • Sirius XM: Channel 84 (Michigan); Channel 83 (Purdue)

Big Ten Championship history

Michigan can join Ohio State and Wisconsin as the only programs to win consecutive Big Ten Championship games in its short history.

The title game started in 2011 and Michigan didn’t appear until last season.

In the 2021 game, Michigan dominated Iowa in a 42-3 victory, the largest victory since 2014.

Purdue is making its first appearance in the conference title game.

Past Big Ten Championship results

Here’s a look at the results of the previous Big Ten Championship games.

  • 2011: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
  • 2012: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
  • 2013: Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24
  • 2014: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
  • 2015: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • 2016: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • 2017: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • 2018: Ohio State 45, Northwestern 24
  • 2019: Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 21
  • 2020: Ohio State 22, Northwestern 10
  • 2021: Michigan 42, Iowa 3

Michigan’s National Championship odds

Coming into last week’s game, Michigan was still a bit of a longshot to win the College Football Playoff.

Following the performance in Columbus, Michigan is now one of the clear favorites.

While Georgia remains the favorite to repeat as national champion, Michigan sits right behind the Bulldogs.

Michigan finds itself at +300 at FanDuel Sportsbook MI, and slightly lower at other Michigan sportsbooks.

The Wolverines and Bulldogs are in a class by themselves, while USC, Ohio State and TCU are further back at +1200 or greater in most books. Alabama is still a distant longshot, but needs help just to get into the playoff.

Blake Corum no longer listed for the Heisman Trophy

Michigan junior running back Blake Corum was among the short favorites to win the Heisman Trophy heading into the Ohio State game.

However, a knee injury prevented Corum from seeing much time. He had just two carries for six years while trying to play through the injury.

Due to his absence, his Heisman odds dropped completely. And by completely, I mean he is no longer listed.

USC quarterback Caleb Williams is now the overwhelming favorite to win, listed as great at -4000 at PointsBet Sportsbook MI.

TCU’s Max Duggan and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud are listed as longshots as they are expected to be finalists.

Amazingly enough, BetRivers Sportsbook MI actually has J.J. McCarthy as a betting option. His odds are listed at +10000.

McCarthy had a breakout game on Saturday with 263 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. However, he has no realistic possibility to win the Heisman Trophy.

Photo by Jay LaPrete / Associated Press
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Drew Ellis is currently the Lead Writer of PlayILottery.com. He was the former Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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