Big Ten Week 7 Betting Tips: Top 5 Games Worth Betting On

Big Ten Week 7 Betting Tips: Top 5 Games Worth Betting On

Lots of conference action on the docket this weekend around the Big Ten for fans of college football betting to get excited about after a week where most things went true to form, for the most part.

While Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois were victorious -- as expected by most -- there were a pair of at least mild upsets. Northwestern marched into Lansing and ruined homecoming for the Spartans with a 29-19 win. Home cooking also didn’t help Minnesota, as the Golden Gophers stumbled against the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes.

All 14 schools are in action this week on a slate that features several intriguing matchups, including a prime-time showdown in Ann Arbor. Here are five games worth betting on:

  1. No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan

    The Badgers aren’t all too healthy rolling into Ann Arbor for the Saturday night showcase game against Michigan. The win against Iowa took its toll on the team, particularly on the defense with mainstays Deron Harrell and D’Cota Dixon suffering injuries.

    Depending on how their recoveries go, that could mean good timing for Michigan, which enters a “do-or-die” stretch of games against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State over the next three weeks.

    Jim Harbaugh team isn’t throwing the ball particularly well, and the Shea Patterson-led passing game ranks just ninth overall in the conference.

    A loss by either team erases them from both College Football Playoff contention, as well as the conference championship. Michigan’s defense has a chance to keep both those hopes alive on Saturday to edge the Badgers.

    Bet Michigan -8 at SugarHouse.

  2. Minnesota at No. 3 Ohio State

    Dwayne Haskins is exceeding even the lofty expectations many had for the Ohio State quarterback. The uber-talented Haskins has already thrown for 25 touchdowns, with no other Big Ten QB surpassing 11. He’s amassed 1,919 yards in the air and his 71.7 percent completion percentage is a conference best.

    The Golden Gophers had just 106 yards on 40 carries in last week’s loss to Iowa. While they held a 20-18 edge over the Hawkeyes in first downs, the offense sputtered when it came time to put points on the board.

    It’s hard to see that changing going into Columbus. Ohio State’s high-powered offense should not have much of an issue with Minnesota’s defense. Back Ohio State -29.5 with 888Sport.

  3. Iowa at Indiana

    The Hawkeyes have a 4-1 overall record and have ridden their defense to a majority of those victories. Offensively Iowa is 85th overall in the nation, but defensively the team is 10th overall giving up just 85 points.

    Indiana was throttled by Ohio State last week, but Tom Allen’s team has shown impressive resilience in a 4-2 record heading to the halfway mark.

    This one could come down to whoever performs better behind center, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley (9 TDs, 5 INTs) or Indiana counterpart Peyton Ramsey (11 TDs, 5 INTs). Take Indiana +5 at SugarHouse.

  4. Michigan State at Penn State

    It’s been a trying season for Michigan State, and head coach Mark Dantonio is on the hot seat in Ann Arbor. They come off an upset loss at home to Northwestern, again demonstrating the team’s inability to score and defend late in a game. The Spartans have been outscored 58-18 in the fourth quarter this year.

    Penn State has had a week to recover from the tough loss to Ohio State and the bye could not have come at a better time for the Nittany Lions. They will be well-rested and no doubt ready to take out some frustration at home against the flailing Spartans.

    The question is not whether Penn State will win outright but rather if Michigan State can keep things close.

    The Spartans won this matchup a year ago, but this year’s defense isn’t quite as stable. Stopping a Nittany Lions offense that compiled 492 yards of offense, 206 on the ground and 286 through the air, against the likes of Ohio State two weeks ago seems like an impossible task.

    Back Penn State -13.5 at SugarHouse.

  5. Nebraska at Northwestern

    The season might have been saved last week for Northwestern with the 29-19 win at Michigan State. More accurately, Clayton Thorson might have saved the Wildcats’ season.

    The quarterback threw for 373 yards, connecting on 31 of 47 passes with a number of big plays. With Nebraska’s suspect secondary, Thorson will be cranking it up a lot Saturday in Evanston.

    The Huskers are 0-5, but despite the winless mark all is not lost for Nebraska, which boasts a pretty potent passing game of its own.

    Adrian Martinez has been improving weekly at QB and has two electric weapons in Stanley Morgan and JD Speilman, who caught for 209 yards against Wisconsin last week.

    One of the season’s mysteries for Northwestern is its inability to perform well at home, including early losses to Duke and Akron. Maybe that’s enough for Nebraska to keep things close.

    Take Nebraska +3.5 at 888Sport.

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