Skull Session: Buckeyes Heavily Favored to Win Big Ten, Justin Fields and C.J. Stroud Are Big Ten's Best, and Kamryn Babb Leads the Way

By Kevin Harrish on May 10, 2022 at 4:59 am
Kamryn Babb is leading the way in today's skull session.

In case you were wondering what Jim Harbaugh was up to while Ryan Day was landing the crown jewel of his 2024 recruiting class...

Nov. 26 can't get here soon enough.

Word of the Day: Penance.

 FREE MONEY. The surest sign that the world is returning back to order: Ohio State is an absolutely massive favorite to win the Big Ten.

  • Ohio State: 1/2
  • Wisconsin: 10/1
  • Michigan: 11/1
  • Penn State: 12/1
  • Nebraska: 14/1
  • Iowa: 20/1
  • Michigan State: 25/1
  • Purdue: 25/1
  • Minnesota: 28/1
  • Indiana: 33/1
  • Illinois: 100/1
  • Maryland: 100/1
  • Northwestern: 150/1
  • Rutgers: 200/1

For those of you who struggle with odds and/or math, this means that you'd have to stake $200 to win $100 on Ohio State winning the Big Ten title. If you bet that same $200 on Wisconsin – who has the next-best odds – you'd win $2,000.

And the most hilarious part is that it still feels like there's value in betting on the Bucks!

I mean, the implied probability here is about 66 percent. I think the actual chances that Ohio State wins the conference are significantly higher than 66 percent.

But the real value bet here is Rutgers. Toss a $200 bet on the Scarlet Knights and cash in for $20,000 when they hoist that trophy in December (instead of betting on Rutgers, you can just go right ahead Venmo me the money).

 B1GTIME. Turns out, the best three seasons by a Big Ten quarterback since Pro Football Focus began grading quarterbacks are just... Ohio State's last three seasons.


And that, my friends, is probably why Ohio State's landed more elite quarterback prospects in the past two years than it has in the rest of the program's combined history.

Also, if there is anybody willing to house a bet that C.J. Stroud tops all of these numbers this season, I will gladly take it.

 THE LEGEND OF KAM BABB. Kamryn Babb has as many career collegiate catches as I do and has probably spent more time rehabbing injuries than he has actually on any sort of field.

And yet, he's one of the single most impactful guys on the roster.

The fact that he's set to be a two-time captain before even catching a pass as a receiver should tell you everything you need to know about his character, his leadership, and his value to this team.

But I'm praying he's finally able to show everybody what he can do on the field, too.

 ALMOST THERE. Folks, I've got some good news:

I also have bad news: the second half of the offseason is much, much shittier than the first.

But we can get through it together!

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Limelight" by Rush.

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