|Written by Matt|
Bet on NCAAFBetting odds for the Iowa Hawkeyes were not good last year, but things have changed and they will start next season as the early favorites. However, that might say more about the rest of the teams than about Iowa football itself. The Hawkeyes seem ready to push for the second division title in a row in 2016, with outstanding quarterback C.J.
Northwestern has more holes than Sonny Corleone at wide receiver, where it lost three starters, and at defensive end. On the other hand, the Wildcats have good news for star running back Justin Jackson, seeing as they will bring back a veteran offensive line. The question, as far as betting odds go, is whether the Wildcats can come back from the embarrassing 45-6 loss they suffered at the hands of Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. Oddly enough, Northwestern can draw inspiration from Iowa, which won the West title last year after the Volunteers swept the gridiron with the Hawkeyes in a bowl game.
The Wisconsin Badgers have been known to sports betting experts for a long time as one of the best running teams, but they finished last season without a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in more than ten years. Wisconsin is relying on a healthy Corey Clement to help it get back on track, but is Bart Houston ready to lead the team's passing attack? The senior quarterback had a decent show in a win over Illinois October last, throwing for 232 yards with a pair of touchdowns. However, if Houston struggles early on, look for redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook to get a look behind center. A starter will probably not be named until right before the season.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. will be back on the Nebraska Huskers’ lineup, and while his proneness for turnovers hurt the Cornhuskers in 2015, his ability to protect the ball could lead to a revival for Nebraska. Betting odds are running back Terrell Newby will probably get as more carries than he can shake a stick at. An injured ankle deterred his production in the second half of last season, so the Huskers will have to keep Newby healthy next season if they want to live up to sportsbook expectations.
Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys did a beautiful job taking the place of Jerry Kill in the middle of last season, and that was not lost on the Gophers, which made appointed full-time coach. Now Claeys will have to do some replacing of his own, beginning with five starters on each side of the ball, such as wide receiver KJ Maye. Mitch Leidner will return as the starting quarterback following a junior year filled with peaks and valleys. He threw for 14 touchdowns with 11 picks, and now he'll have to adapt to the loss of Maye.