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The gambling site TheGreek.com posted odds for all the division races in college football (h/t to Beyond the Bets, which has all the odds), and most are unsurprising.
Ohio State is favored to win the Big Ten Leaders Division, of course. The Buckeyes are coming off a 12-0 season, have a lot of players back and possible contender Penn State is still under NCAA sanctions.
It’s not shocking that Ohio State is favored. It’s the steep odds on the Buckeyes, which project them as almost a virtual lock to win the division, that are a bit startling.
Ohio State is -800, or 1-to-8, to win the division. For every $800 you put down on the Buckeyes, you’ll win only $100. Put in percentage form, you’d have to believe that Ohio State has better than an 88.9 percent chance of winning its division to be getting a good value on that bet. That’s pretty incredible.