The Ohio State Buckeyes may have lost quarterback Justin Fields to the NFL, but Vegas doesn’t see that stopping them from winning the Big Ten in 2021.
The Buckeyes have opened as the favorites at +104 ($100 bet wins $104) to take home the Big Ten title and there really isn’t anyone else expected to knock them off. Michigan (+750) and Penn State (+750) are the next closest contenders, but the Buckeyes have a considerable cushion.
Ohio State has taken home the last four Big Ten titles, but it will have some uncertainty at quarterback with Fields’ departure. The team has an open competition between three quarterbacks to replace Fields which includes second-year signal callers C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller III as well as true freshman and early-enrollee Kyle McCord.
Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day has a positive outlook on the trio following the team’s annual spring game.
"This was very similar to what this whole spring has been," Day said. "Some good, some not so good and a lot of learning opportunities there. There are flashes here and there, and then there are just some learning opportunities. The race is on over the next few months to see who can make the next stride."
The Buckeyes won’t have the most experienced roster, but they have history on their side when it comes to the Big Ten. Ohio State hasn’t lost more than two games in a season since 2011 and has finished undefeated in conference play five of the last nine years.
Vegas clearly believes in Day and the Buckeyes to figure things out without Fields, and the rest of the Big Ten will have a lot of ground to make up this fall.