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Big Ten Football 2023/24: Divisions, coaches, players to watch, schedule, odds

There are a whole lot of eyes on the Big Ten Conference at the moment with plans for realignment in the near future.

For the 2023-24 football season though, things will look just as they did last year and the years prior to that.

We have a full comprehensive preview of the Big Ten Conference this season, including favorites to win it, players to watch and more.

Big Ten East

  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Rutgers

Big Ten West

  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Northwestern
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

Big Ten Head Coaches

  • Bret Bielema - Illinois
  • Tom Allen - Indiana
  • Kirk Ferentz - Iowa
  • Mike Locksley - Maryland
  • Jim Harbaugh - Michigan
  • Mel Tucker - Michigan State
  • P.J. Fleck - Minnesota
  • Matt Rhule - Nebraska
  • David Braun - Northwestern
  • Ryan Day - Ohio State
  • James Franklin - Penn State
  • Ryan Walters - Purdue
  • Greg Schiano - Rutgers
  • Luke Fickell - Wisconsin

Big Ten Outright Odds

Ohio State: +160

Michigan: +180

Penn State: +550

Wisconsin: +750

Iowa: +1200

Minnesota: +3500

Illinois: +4000

Nebraska: +6000

Maryland: +6000

Purdue: +10000

Michigan State: +12500

Indiana: +30000

Northwestern: +30000

Big Ten East Division Odds

Ohio State: +110

Michigan: +120

Penn State: +450

Maryland: +5000

Michigan State: +10000

Indiana: +17500

Big Ten West Division Odds

Wisconsin: +125

Iowa: +250

Minnesota: +500

Illinois: +700

Nebraska: +1500

Purdue: +2000

Northwestern: +10000

Big Ten Players to Watch

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Marvin Harrison Jr. set the college landscape ablaze when he burst on to the scene last season.

As arguably the best skill position player in the country, he already has scouts projecting him as a top-five pick in next year’s draft. Harrison Jr. caught 77 passes for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns last campaign.

Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

Blake Corum was debatably in the lead for the Heisman Trophy last season when he went down late in the campaign due to injury.

Now back for his senior year, he and teammate Donovan Edwards make up one of the scariest backfield duos the college game has seen in quite some time.

Corum amassed 1,543 total yards last season, along with 19 total touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry.

Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois

Jer'Zhan Newton may be the best Big Ten player that common fans don’t yet know about. He’s an athletic freak who earned a spot on the All-American team last season and was also named a preseason All-American for 2023-24.

The 6’2’’, 280 lb. lineman recorded an impressive 14 tackles for loss a season ago in addition to 5.5 sacks.

Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin

As Mr. Consistent throughout the tenure of his college career, Braelon Allen is due for yet another big season.

He’ll have a new head coach in Luke Fickell too, which should help him out even more. Allen has back-to-back seasons of 1,200+ rushing yards now and 23 total touchdowns in his two seasons at Wisconsin.

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

With some chatter this offseason about potentially being the number one pick in next year’s NFL draft, J.J. McCarthy will have to prove himself this season in a big way.

It seemed like last year he struggled at times, yet when you look at the numbers, it’s hard to tell.

McCarthy threw for 2,719 yards while completing 64.6% of his passes for 22 touchdowns to just five interceptions. He also added 306 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Notable Big Ten Games in 2023

  • Ohio State at. Michigan, November 25, 2023
  • Penn State at Ohio State, October 21, 2023
  • Michigan at Penn State, November 11, 2023
  • Ohio State at Wisconsin, October 28, 2023
  • Iowa at Penn State, September 23, 2023
  • Iowa at Wisconsin, October 14, 2023

When is the Big Ten Championship Game?

The 14th edition of the Big Ten Championship game will again be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The game is set to be played on Saturday, December 2. 2023 with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 PM ET.

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