Big Ten Sports Betting States and Sportsbook Apps

Big Ten Sports Betting

Big Ten odds 2021 are out, which means one important thing: “Show me the money.”

It’s been well over two decades since Rod Tidwell screamed that now-legendary phrase to a fictional agent who suddenly found himself bullied around by Bob Sugar. Translation: Think of Sugar as the SEC—the flashy conference of the moment, the era—because the college football conference that rakes in the most green is the Big Ten.

The Power Five NCAA conferences raked in a cool $2.9 billion in 2019. The Big Ten accounted for $780 million, per USA Today. There’s no better conference to discuss the exhilarating sports betting world than the Big Ten, and there’s no sport better to focus on than college football.

Big Ten Sports Betting and Sportsbooks Apps are now live in many of the states featured in college football’s money-making conference. Six of the 11 Big Ten football states are currently enjoying legal online sports betting.

It all adds up to College football online sports bettors foaming at the mouth. Better yet, they’re dancing like Rod Tidwell while envisioning yachts and mansions in their future. Where is it written that only the Big Ten can rake in the dough? Big Ten fans can as well.

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Big Ten Sports Betting State Snapshot

State Legal Online Sports Betting Status ETA
Illinois Yes Already Live
Indiana Yes Already Live
Iowa Yes Already Live
Maryland No Fall 2022
Michigan Yes Already Live
Minnesota No Uncertain
Nebraska No 2022
New Jersey Yes Already Live
Ohio No Uncertain
Pennsylvania Yes Already Live
Wisconsin No Uncertain

Big Ten States with Legal Online Sports Betting

One of the Big Ten’s greatest attributes—other than its amazing money-making ways—is its plentiful geography. The conference’s 14 teams are spread across 11 total states. No state hosts more than two teams, as Illinois, Indiana and Michigan house two big-time college football programs apiece.

Six of the 11 states are already live with online sports betting, while five others continue the trek towards official status.


Illinois Fighting Illini football and Northwestern Wildcats football are the two Big Ten programs hailing from this state. And as luck would have it—for the many fans of each school—online sports betting is already live in Illinois.

Interestingly, after it was fully live for the better part of 2020, as of April 4, 2021, online sports gamblers must complete an in-person registration at a state-located casino. Gov. J.B. Pritzker had allowed remote registration through executive order, but those expired in early April.

Top Illinois sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Legal online sports betting became a reality in Indiana in October 2019. Other than the big boys (can be seen below), other sportsbooks such as Unibet and theScore Bet are also available for in-state residents.

This is a great thing for online college football gamblers who also happen to love Indiana Hoosiers football and Purdue Boilermakers football.

Top Illinois sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Not only did Iowa residents celebrate the end of a miserable 2020 in a similar style to the rest of the world, but these state-specific folks did so with their eyes on an intriguing prospect. Iowa online sports betting went live without in-person registration in January 2021. While legal sports betting in the state has been around since 2019, the registration hassle turned a lot of wagerers off.

Fans and students (at least 21 years of age, of course) of the Iowa Hawkeyes football squad can also make their already-wonderful Saturday Tradition much more interesting thanks to current state laws.

Top Iowa sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Michigan wasn’t the very first to the online sports betting party, but it certainly provided more effort than most states. It all paid off when Michigan online sports betting turned live in January 2021.

Now, rabid Michigan Wolverines football fans who love (and very much not love) head coach Jim Harbaugh can ramp up the anxiety and heartache even further each Saturday. Oh yeah, don’t forget that winning is possible, too. Right?

As far as Michigan State Spartans football is concerned, hey, everybody loves a longshot; it’s what puts the substantial betting money in the pocket.

Top Michigan sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:

Make sure to consume our very own Michigan online sports betting page for more.


Pennsylvania is one of the big boys in the sports gambling market to date, for good reason. Not only does the state boast an impressive array of professional and collegiate teams, but its geography showcases many worlds within one universe. Those on the east side of the state feel as though Western Pennsylvania is a foreign land at times.

Then, there’s Penn State—a country of its own.

Located smack dab in the middle of the massive state, University Park appeals to multiple regions. From Ohio to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia to the tri-state area consisting of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, Penn State Nittany Lions football remains a giant to this day.

Top Pennsylvania sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:

Check out Crossing Broad for the latest in Pennsylvania online sports betting.

New Jersey

Hello, Rutgers. We understand your transition has been a challenging one, but progress is starting to become realized.

After the Scarlett Knights’ 8-5 initial Big Ten season in 2014, it’s been a rough go. Now that campus legend Greg Schiano is back, the Rutgers Scarlett Knights football squad’s 3-6 season this past season offered glimpses of significant improvement.

The school still has a long road to navigate, but New Jersey residents can now get in on the action. NJ online sports betting has become a nationwide leader in the industry.

Top New Jersey sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:

Take a look at and Elite Sports NY for the latest tri-state (NJ/NY/CT) happenings.

FanDuel Sportsbook

States: NY, AZ, MI, TN, PA, NJ, CO, IL, WV, IA, VA, IN, CT






Big Ten States still waiting for Online Sports Betting


College Park continues to patiently await its turn. November 2020 saw a sports betting ballot measure pass easily in the state. Everything’s set up for a glorious Maryland online-sports-betting reality in Fall 2021.

Maryland Terrapins football fans will soon join the party via in-state online sports wagerers.

Top expected Maryland sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Minnesota is one of the states that hasn’t moved the needle on sports betting much (if at all). Sports betting is still illegal as the laws prohibiting it haven’t changed over the last few years.

Lawmakers have put forth the effort, but certain roadblocks continue to get in the way. Until it finally happens, Minnesota residents who love Minnesota Golden Gophers football will have to wait.

Top expected Minnesota sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Initially, the strangeness that was Nebraska Cornhuskers football leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten was obvious and understandable. A decade later, Nebraska has brought another worthwhile state to the conference’s party.

Gov. Pete Ricketts legalized sports betting when he signed LB561 into law on May 25, 2021. It will initially be limited to in-person locations only, but the protected online sports betting launch is at some point in 2021.

Top expected Nebraska sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Ohio currently has a huge bill (SB 176) that would allow for 40 sports betting licenses, including retail and online opportunities. The bill is expected to pass at some point in Summer 2021 which means Ohio online sports betting is just around the corner.

It also means the Ohio State Buckeyes football faithful will finally have a seat at the college football-betting party.

Top expected Ohio sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:


Like Minnesota, the state of Wisconsin is also awaiting legislation on the sports betting matter. It isn’t legal in the state, and there haven’t been any efforts since PASPA was overturned in 2018.

Sorry, Wisconsin Badgers football fans who live in-state; you’ll just have to settle for a solid on-field squad in 2021.

Top expected Wisconsin sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps:

DraftKings Sportsbook

States: NY, AZ, MI, TN, PA, NJ, VA, CO, IL, MI, WV, IA, WY, IN






Big Ten Win Total Over-Unders 2021

Big Ten Win Total Over-Unders are always a popular play, and the 2021 NCAA regular season shouldn’t change that sentiment. The usual suspects lead the group, starting with Ohio State at 11 wins.

Team Win Total Over-Unders
Ohio State 11 (-125 o/+100 u)
Wisconsin 9.5 (+113 o/-113 u)
Penn State 9 (+100 o/-125 u)
Iowa 8.5 (+100 o/-125 u)
Indiana 8 (+12- o/-152 u)
Michigan 7.5 (-152 o/+120 u)
Minnesota 7 (-113 o/-113 u)
Nebraska 6 (-139 o/+110 u)
Northwestern 6 (-134 o/+105 u)
Maryland 6 (+100 o/-125 u)
Purdue 5 (-125 o/+110 u)
Michigan State  4.5 (-139 o/+110 u)
Illinois  3.5 (-152 o/+120 u)
Big Ten Championship Game Odds 2021

Saturday Tradition Graphic, USATSI

Big Ten Championship Odds 2021

What a wild ride it was a year ago, huh? From deciding to postpone the season indefinitely only to make a triumphant return just in time before the season became a wash, the Big Ten produced some of the craziest college football storylines in 2020.

Justin Fields did his superman thing in the College Football Playoff, playing as if he was immune to pain at times. Although the exciting Heisman Trophy finalist is now the Chicago Bears quarterback, that doesn’t mean Ohio State doesn’t have a shot to repeat in 2021 as Big Ten champs.

Finishing 5-0 in conference play and 7-1 overall in 2020, Ryan Day’s program is an overwhelming -167 favorite to repeat as conference kings. After Michigan opened in the two-hole at +700, they’ve since fallen in No. 5 at +1600.

Penn State (+700), Wisconsin (+800) and Iowa (+1200) round out the top four.

Team Odds
Ohio State -167
Penn State +700
Wisconsin +800
Iowa +1200
Michigan +1600
Indiana +1800
Minnesota +1800
Nebraska +1800
Northwestern +3300
Maryland +400
Michigan State +5000
Purdue +5000
Illinois +10000

Big Ten Championship History

It’s been Ohio State’s world in Big Ten country over the last four seasons. What started with Urban Meyer is currently Buckeye dominance, as the last four Big Ten championships have gone to the team that makes its home in Columbus.

Year Matchup Line Score
2020 Ohio State-Northwestern Ohio State -17 (57.5) Ohio State 22-10
2019 Ohio State-Wisconsin Ohio State -17 (57.5) Ohio State 34-21
2018 Ohio State-Northwestern Ohio State -16.5 (63) Ohio State 45-24
2017 Ohio State-Wisconsin Ohio State -3.5 (51) Ohio State 27-21
2016 Penn State-Wisconsin Wisconsin -3 (45) Penn State 38-31
2015 Iowa-Michigan State Michigan State -3 (50) Michigan State 16-13
2014 Wisconsin-Ohio State Wisconsin -4 (54) Ohio State 59-0
2013 Michigan State-Ohio State Ohio State -5.5 (53.5) Michigan State 34-24
2012 Wisconsin-Nebraska Nebraska -2.5 (48) Wisconsin 70-31
2011 Wisconsin-Michigan State Wisconsin -9.5 (56) Wisconsin 42-39

Big Ten Championship Facts, Trends

Big Ten National Championship Odds 2021

It’s Ohio State a bunch of SEC teams at the top right now. That’s not to say Wisconsin, Indiana, Penn State and Michigan don’t have a chance, but recent history is on the side of the South East Conference (winning 11 of the last 14).

Team Odds
 3. Ohio State +400
T12. Wisconsin +5000
T15. Indiana +8000
T15. Penn State +8000
T20. Michigan +10000

Big Ten National Championship Facts, Trends

Big Ten Heisman Trophy Odds 2021

Saturday Tradition Graphic, USATSI

Big Ten Heisman Trophy Odds 2021

The only thing the oddsmakers don’t know what to do in this category is which Ohio State quarterback to bet on. Right now, C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller III lead the way for Heisman Trophy odds for the Big Ten in 2021.

10. C.J. Stroud (QB, Ohio State)+3300T13. Jack Miller III (QB, Ohio State)+5000T13. Michael Penix Jr. (QB, Indiana)+8000T34. Graham Mertz (QB, Wisconsin)+8000T36. Sean Clifford (QB, Penn State)+10000

Team Odds
Player Odds

Big Ten Heisman Trophy Facts, Trends

Check out Saturday Down South’s full Heisman Trophy Odds for 2021.

Big Ten Sports Betting FAQ

Which Big Ten football states have legal online sports betting?

Currently, six of the 11 Big Ten football states are live with legal online sports betting: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Which Big Ten football states don't have legal online sports betting?

Currently, five of the 11 Big Ten football states are still without legal online sports betting: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Where will the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game be played?

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN will host the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game.

Where can I watch the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game?

FOX owns the rights to the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game.

Which team is favored to win the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game?

Ohio State, the conference winner in 2020, is once again favored to win the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game at -167

Which of the Power 5 Football Conferences makes the most money?

The Big Ten has earned the most reported revenue of all Power 5 Football Conferences. In 2019, the mega-conference reportedly raked in $780 million, per USA Today.