The Big Ten Conference is an annual bowl-season punchline, the butt of every joke because the league has a false sense of self and believes it’s better than the SEC and Big 12 even though it isn’t and never will be.
While it’s true that a pair of bowl-banned teams (Ohio State and Penn State) set the league up with unfavorable postseason matchups, the fact remains: Zero out of seven Big Ten teams are favored to win a bowl game. Not only is that pathetic, but it also speaks to the league’s lack of quality depth.
The Big Ten went 4-6 in bowl games last year. That should have been considered a screaming success, considering the league has posted a 34-52 bowl record since 2000, a win rate of just 39.5 percent. In a 12-year span, the Big Ten has had just two winning bowl-season records.
On Monday, Bovada.lv released over/unders for conference bowl wins.
Guess what, Big Ten fans: It doesn’t look good. The league’s over/under is set at 2, and it’s juiced under, which means that the Big Ten is more likely to win one bowl game than three.
Where might the one win come from? Honestly, we have no idea.
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Over 2 (-110)
Under 2 (-130)
Over 2 (-105)
Under 2 (-135)
Over 4.5 (-140)
Under 4.5 (EVEN)
Over 6 (-130)
Under 6 (-110)