There are less than 100 days left to go before the 2017 college football season starts, and that means you have less than 100 days to figure out which teams you want to bet on before the season.
You're so lucky to have friends like us at CBS Sports.
BetOnline has released conference title odds for the Power Five conferences, and we want to make sure you're prepared with all the knowledge you need to make the smart play.
Today we'll look at the odds for the 14 teams in the Big Ten.
Ohio State +100
Penn State +500
Michigan State +2500
Best bet: I've got the Buckeyes as my pick to win the conference for now, given the talent level on the roster and the steady hand of senior quarterback J.T. Barrett. But there's no reason to take them at +100, especially when you consider that 2016 showed us Ohio State can make the College Football Playoff without even playing in their own conference championship game. For that reason, I love getting Penn State at +500.
In addition to being the defending conference champions, the Nittany Lions have arguably the best offensive player in the conference in running back Saquon Barkley and a potential breakout star at wide receiver with Juwan Johnson. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound former U.S. Army All-American played in just three games last season, but turned plenty of heads this spring. With Chris Godwin's 982 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns gone, there's plenty of touches up for grabs and I like the combination of Johnson and DaeSean Hamilton to keep defenses from zeroing in on Barkley.
The key here will be quarterback Trace McSorley. Last impressions are lasting and the last time we saw the redshirt junior he was breaking the Penn State record for 300-yard passing games in a season (5) on the way to becoming just the fourth Penn State quarterback to lead the Nittany Lions to 10+ wins in his first year as the starting quarterback. A step forward for McSorley in 2017 makes Penn State a national title dark horse, while a step back could mean a failure to repeat as conference champs.
Most interesting long shot: Given the level of competition at the top of the Big Ten East, there's not going to be a single long shot on that side of the standings that even seems somewhat likely, much less interesting.
However, there's a lot of reason to be intrigued with Minnesota and the potential bump that comes with P.J. Fleck's boat-rowing arrival. But the coach himself told Sports Illustrated that cultural overhauls usually take "about two years" and it's important to note the current roster has now had three head coaches in three years. The Gophers might make some noise in 2017, but winning the Big Ten seems like a little much to expect or bet, even at +3300.
Nebraska has to replace its starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading receiver, but I'm all in on the Cornhuskers as a long-shot pick to win at +2000. Bob Diaco's hire as defensive coordinator could bring results that will get the Blackshirts chatter going again, and after watching Mike Riley lead the team to a 9-win season through seemingly never-ending injury issues, I became a believer.