|2014 Big Ten East Division Odds: Ohio State Favored By Oddsmakers|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:00|
Big Ten East Division Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (TheSpread) – The Big Ten East Division has a strong group competing at the top. Which team will power its way to the division title?
This is the first year the Big Ten has an East and West Division, as the conference expanded to 14 teams this year. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Ohio State is favored to win the East, as it has 2/5 odds. Other short odds to win are Michigan State (13/5) and Michigan (5/1).
Ohio State went 12-2 last season, but was 8-0 in Big Ten play before losing to Michigan State in the conference title game. The Buckeyes have 11 starters back this season, led by quarterback Braxton Miller, who had 3,162 all-purpose yards a year ago with 24 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing scores.
Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champion after going 13-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. The Spartans were one of the top defenses nationally a year ago, but have just five starters back from that unit. The team will rely on back Jeremy Langford this year, as he rushed for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013.
Michigan is coming off a 7-6 record last season with just a 3-5 mark in the Big Ten. Brady Hoke is in his fourth season with the team and feeling some heat to make something happen this year. Michigan has 14 starters back this year, including eight on defense.
For a complete look at each team to win the 2014 Big Ten East Division, see below
2014 Big Ten East Division Odds
Ohio State 2/5
Michigan State 13/5