It feels like just yesterday the Big Ten sent America into an uproar by cancelling their 2020 football season. You remember those magical days of early August, right? Kevin Warren? President's meetings that may or may not have happened? Jim Harbaugh, Ryan Day, Scott Frost and others speaking out in outrage?
Well, in a sign of just how fast time is flying, after all that craziness of August and early September: The Big Ten will return to the football field this weekend. That's right, where the hell did the time go?
And with that, point spreads for the first weekend of Big Ten football have been released. Here they are, via Circa Sports book:
Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin (-21) (*Friday night)
Nebraska at No. 5 Ohio State (-23)
Rutgers at Michigan State (-14)
No. 8 Penn State (-9) at Indiana
Iowa at Purdue (-2)
No. 18 Michigan (-2) at No. 21 Minnesota
Maryland at Northwestern (-8)
Off the top of my head, the big game that jumps out at me is Michigan giving points on the road at Minnesota. Keep in mind that one, it's Michigan - and any time they play a big game, they never seem to be ready. Not to mention that they will be breaking in a new quarterback, under the lights, at Minnesota, a team that won 10 games last year.
The Ohio State line also feels surprisingly low considering they are basically on a revenge tour this season, and the Wisconsin line feels weirdly high when you factor in that Illinois upset the Badgers last year.
Oh, and as for the SEC, it's a relatively quiet week with only four games, but here are the lines for those games:
Auburn (-6) at Ole Miss
No. 2 Alabama (-17) at Tennessee Kentucky (-5) at Missouri
South Carolina at LSU (-7)
What is your favorite bet of the weekend?