Most of the focus in Week 4 of the Big Ten will be on a non-conference game as Ohio State heads to South Bend to face Notre Dame in a matchup of teams ranked in the Top 10 in two national polls. It is hard from the only game involving Big Ten teams that could impact the NCAA football landscape.
Things get started on Friday when Wisconsin plays at Purdue. On Saturday, the three-game suspension for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, which was imposed by the university to try to minimize any future NCAA sanctions, is over as he will be on the sideline when Michigan plays Rutgers. Maryland-Michigan State, Iowa-Penn State and Minnesota-Northwestern are the other conference matchups.
Including Ohio State being favored at Notre Dame, all four Big Ten teams playing non-conference games are listed by the college football score predictions as favorites in Week 4.
Michigan (+400) leads all Big Ten teams in the odds to win the national title followed by Ohio State (+1000) and Penn State (+1600).
When it comes to the college football news, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State remain ranked in the Top 10 in both national polls.
Here’s a look at some prop bets to consider in Week 4 after three of our prop bets paid off in Week 3.
Henderson To Hit the Ground Running for Buckeyes
Notre Dame lost twice to ranked teams a season ago and the Fighting Irish had issues stopping the run each time.
Ohio State ran 35 times for 172 yards in the 21-10 win with Southern California putting up 204 yards on 39 rushes with four touchdowns in a 38-27 win by the Trojans.
Will that be an issue this week?
That is one of the questions that need to be answered in the matchup of top-10 teams.
After an injury-plagued 2022 season, TreVeyon Henderson is starting to look like the game-breaking back he was as a freshman.
- College football Pick: Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson to go over 79 rushing yards +125
Allar Ready To Bounce Back
The bubble burst a bit for Penn State quarterback Drew Allar.
After he was 43-of-55 for 529 yards in the first two games as a starter for the Nittany Lions, things unraveled against Illinois.
Allar was 16-of-33 for 208 yards and no touchdowns in a 30-13 win.
Iowa is fifth in the Big Ten in passing defense and passing efficiency defense so it could be a bit of a struggle at times. However, teams are so concerned about slowing down running back Nick Singleton, which does open up opportunities in the passing game so that could give Allar a chance to shine.
- College football Pick: Penn State’s Drew Allar to go over 212 passing yards +104
QBs Getting Comfy in the Big Ten
A pair of transfers will be headliners when Wisconsin and Purdue get together.
Hudson Card, who is coming off a 323-yard effort in a loss to Syracuse, could air it out again when Purdue faces Wisconsin on Friday.
Former SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai, now at Wisconsin, is completing 70% of his passes in his first season at Purdue.
Card, who spent the last three seasons at Texas, and Mordecai, now at Wisconsin, have a chance to shine considering that Wisconsin and Purdue have allowed the most passing yards in the conference. We are giving you two picks for the price of one in this matchup.
- College football Pick: Purdue’s Hudson Card to go over 289 passing yards +129
- College football Pick: Wisconsin’s Tanner Mordecai to go over 254 passing yards +108
Early Fireworks Between Gophers and Terrapins?
Michigan State looked out of sorts in a 41-7 loss to Washington and now comes a matchup with Maryland and veteran quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.
One thing to consider when it comes to Maryland is that the first touchdown was scored 2:54, 3:00 and 2:35 into the first three games of the season.
The combination of the early fireworks in Maryland games and a Michigan State team determined to show that it is a much better team than it looked like last week could result in a quick score. Those who bet online might want to go that way.
- College football Pick: First Score in Michigan State-Maryland Game To Come In First Six Minutes -145
Let’s Give Some Love to the Wildcats
Minnesota has yet to score in the first quarter in the first three games. Will that trend continue when the Gophers play their second Big Ten game of the season?
Things will look much different going from playing North Carolina and Heisman Trophy candidate Drake Maye to facing a Northwestern team that is last in the Big Ten in total offense.
There is some going with Northwestern for any positive best bets, but why not roll with the Wildcats to take an early lead on Saturday?
- College football Pick: Northwestern to score first versus Minnesota +145