Big Ten Week 11 Betting Roundup: Illinois Aims to Keep West Division Lead

Ohio State, Michigan Expected to Roll

The Big Ten Week 11 Betting Roundup shows a couple of prohibitive favorites in Ohio State and Michigan. Both are expected to win easily, setting up a huge showdown in two weeks. Although the Buckeyes and Wolverines get the majority of the attention, the battle for the West Division is wide open. The college football standings show Illinois at 4-2, with four teams at 3-3.

The Big Ten Week 11 Betting Roundup also shows one of the lowest totals seen the past few seasons. The total of 35 on the Iowa vs. Wisconsin game is just the third game with a total of 35 or less since the start of the 2020 season. Several other games should be interesting, making a good week to place your NCAAF bets.

Game of the Week

Game Information: Purdue Boilermakers vs Illinois Fighting Illini
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Line: Illinois -6.5

The Purdue Boilermakers (5-4, 3-3) have a chance to put the Big Ten West Division standings in turmoil with a win here. But it isn’t going to be easy against an Illini defense that allows just 10.4 points per game. Illinois (7-2, 4-2) has a one-game lead in the West, with four teams – including Purdue – a game back. If Purdue can pull the upset, they’ll be in a first-place tie. But Purdue is heading in the wrong direction at the wrong time, having dropped two straight.

Illinois is coming off a disappointing loss to Michigan State as 16.5-point favorites. The Illini had a 441-294 yardage advantage but were just 1-of-6 on fourth-down conversions. Illinois is pretty average offensively, which is all you need when you have a stellar defense. The Illinois pass defense, which leads the nation by just allowing 152.6 yards per game, will get a test from the Purdue passing game. The Boilermakers average 297 yards through the air.

Other Games to Watch

Game Information: Indiana Hoosiers vs Ohio State Buckeyes
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Line: Ohio State -40

If you’re a fan of watching one team run all over the other one, this is the game for you. The Buckeyes are prohibitive 40-point favorites and deservedly so. Indiana (3-6, 1-5) has no rushing game and you don’t want to throw against the Ohio State (9-0, 6-0) secondary.

The Buckeyes hold teams to 165.9 yards per game through the air. Ohio State is averaging 45.8 points against teams which allow an average of 23.9 points per game. That doesn’t bode well for a Hoosier defense that allows 32.2 points.

Game Information: Maryland Terrapins vs Penn State Nittany Lions
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Line: Penn State -10.5

The Big Ten Week 11 Betting Roundup gives us a decent game here, with Maryland (6-3, 3-3) traveling to Happy Valley to face Penn State (7-2, 4-2). Both teams are in the East Division, so have no chance of playing in the Big Ten Championship. But both are fighting to improve their bowl prospects. There isn’t a huge difference between these two in the stats department. Penn State averages 436.8 total yards compared to 428 for Maryland. The Nittany Lions are allowing 362.6 total yards compared to Maryland’s 378.2.

Game Information: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Michigan Wolverines
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Line: Michigan -29.5

The Big Ten Week 11 Betting Roundup offers up another game that should be a blowout. Since Jim Harbaugh took over Michigan in 2015, the Wolverines are outscoring foes 48.6-9.1 when favored by at least 28 points. Michigan (9-0, 6-0) is just 7-8 ATS in those games, however. Nebraska (3-6, 2-4) still hasn’t recovered from the Scott Frost era and looks to be severely outmatched here. With the Wolverines in the hunt for a playoff berth, this one could get ugly if Michigan gets up big early.

Game Information: Rutgers vs Michigan State Spartans
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Line: Michigan State -10.5

The Big Ten Week 11 Betting Roundup has an interesting game between two teams battling for bowl berths. Rutgers (4-5, 1-5) backed-in for a bowl berth last year with just five wins, but they can’t count on that again. Michigan State (4-5, 2-4) has Indiana on tap, so a win here gives them an excellent shot at getting a sixth victory. The Spartans have played a tougher schedule and have a slight edge in the stats.

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