We’re kicking off week 5 in the Big Ten, and here are your Monday sports betting news and notes.

Week 5 Big Ten lines are out

All eyes are on the big road matchup for Michigan as they play at Iowa this next weekend. Michigan opened as a 9-point favorite. The biggest spread goes to Rutgers who will travel to Ohio this weekend.

Illinois at Wisconsin (-9)
Northwestern at Penn State (-22)
Michigan State at Maryland (-4)
Purdue at Minnesota (-8)
Rutgers at Ohio State (-39)
Michigan (-9) at Iowa
Indiana at Nebraska (-2)

Monday Night Football

The Cowboys and Giants square off tonight. DraftKings has the Giants listed as a 1-point favorite, while FanDuel is showing a 1.5-point spread.

The Giants are one of the few remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. The undefeated season will be on the line against a Cowboys team that has handled the Giants pretty much every year for the last decade. The Cowboys, however, were prone to give up some yards on the ground so far this season, so we’ll see if Saquon Barkley can do his thing.

Other sports news

Rejoice! The NFL is finally rethinking the Pro Bowl. This game has been unwatchable for years (though still gets tons of eyeballs). The game is being replaced with a week-long skills competition and even a flag football game. Will it be good? Who knows, but it was time for the NFL to try something different.

Georgia Tech is cleaning house. Head coach Geoff Collins has been led go after a 1-3 start in his fourth season. Georgia Tech has been terrible, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Who will replace Collins? Names being floated include Georgia’s OC Todd Monken and App State’s coach Shawn Clark.

Sports Betting Legalization

All eyes remain on Ohio as sports betting remains on track to launch on Jan 1, 2023. We know when sports betting will be live, but we don’t know when the sportsbook operators will begin offering pre-registration promos to attract Ohio bettors to begin signing up. We’re keeping an eye on it.

Maryland remains a state that continues to confound sports betting enthusiasts. Sports betting has been legal in Maryland for some time, but has yet to launch. This past week, the state decided to allow sportsbook approval on a rolling basis, which creates a much more flexible environment for getting sports betting up and running within the state. With recent news, it now appears that there is a chance it could launch in the state in late 2022.