Big Ten Week 9 Betting Tips: Top 5 Games Worth Betting On

Big Ten Week 9 Betting Tips: Top 5 Games Worth Betting On

The shock waves have not subsided around the Big Ten after last week’s shocker in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue did not just upset the then No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, the Boilermakers destroyed them.

Purdue won its fourth straight game by beating OSU 49-20, and with the victory may have just become a favorite to win the West Division.

Ohio State is one of three teams with a bye this weekend, joined by Rutgers and Michigan. The Wolverines continued their run since dropping the season-opener to Notre Dame and ran its record to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference with a 21-7 victory over in-state rival Michigan State.

Coach Jim Harbaugh’s team finds itself now alone on top of the East Division standings thanks to Ohio State’s stunning loss.

Even with two of the conference’s heavy hitters on the sidelines this weekend’s schedule features more than a few intriguing matchups that carry impact in the standings as the Big Ten Championship Game draws closer.

Here are five games college football betting fans should consider:

  1. No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State

    The line: Iowa -6.5 at SugarHouse

    This tilt at State College could be the defining moment of the season for each team. Iowa has been on an upswing of late and last week’s victory over Maryland has put the Hawkeyes square into the battle for the West Division title.

    Meanwhile, Penn State had to fend off a pesky Indiana squad last Saturday to end a two-game losing streak.

    Iowa QB Nate Stanley continues improving, although his 86 yards passing last week against Maryland are a bit deceiving given the game was played in gale-force wind conditions. The Hawkeyes defense was more than solid and demonstrated why it is No. 3 in the nation.

    Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley needs his receivers to catch the ball and too many dropped passes have stalled the Lions offense.

    Penn State seems to still be reeling from big-game losses to Ohio State and Michigan State while Iowa is rounding into form at the right point of the season. Take the Hawkeyes -6.5 at SugarHouse.

  2. No. 20 Wisconsin at Northwestern

    The line: Wisconsin -7 at 888Sport

    These two teams are also in the thick of the wild West division battle. Northwestern squeaked out an 18-15 win on the road at Rutgers last week, a game that should not have been that close. Wisconsin pummeled Illinois in Madison in a game that featured a little mid-October snowstorm breaking out.

    The Wildcats have allowed more points (172) than they’ve scored (170), a stat that can’t make coach Pat Fitzgerald sleep well at night. The Badgers offense remains led by stud running back Jonathan Taylor but there are a lot of injuries on the defensive side that opponents can capitalize on.

    But the quirky Northwestern trend of playing better on the road than at home along with the lack of offense by the home team makes this one a Wisconsin play. Take the Badgers -7 with 888Sport.

  3. Purdue at Michigan State

    The line: Purdue -1.5 at 888Sport

    The Boilermakers scored one of the biggest wins in school history with the upset of Ohio State last Saturday. But the most impressive part of the display was how well the team played in every aspect of the game.

    Quarterback David Blough and freshman Rondale Moore provided the offensive spark. But Purdue’s defense was stellar and kept Ohio State off the board in five red-zone trips.

    Michigan State could not mount much offense against Michigan and was held to just 94 total yards. Quarterback Brian Lewerke has been banged up for a couple weeks and it showed against Michigan when he was just 5-for-25 for 66 yards.

    Can’t see Purdue coming off the high of the big Ohio State win and the Boilermakers are rolling. Bet Purdue -1.5 with 888Sport.

  4. Indiana at Minnesota

    The line: Minnesota -2.5 at 888Sport

    A rare Friday night game kicks off the Big Ten schedule this week with the Golden Gophers hosting the Hoosiers. Minnesota was the first victim of Nebraska, who scored victory number one for head coach Scott Frost with a 53-28 drubbing.

    Indiana gave Penn State all it could handle before final succumbing 33-28.

    Minnesota swapping Zack Annexstad for Tanner Morgan at quarterback mid-game last week resulted in a pair of touch drives and the offense looked much better. Indiana’s defense though will keep this one close.

    Back the Gophers and give the points with 888Sport.

  5. Illinois at Maryland

    The line: Maryland -18 at SugarHouse

    The Terrapins got shut out in Iowa last week while Illinois was run out of the stadium in Wisconsin. Neither team has much going on right now in the way of offense and this has the looks of a low scoring game dominated by defense.

    The team that makes the least amount of mistakes gets the edge.

    Take the Illini +18 with SugarHouse.

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