How UM, MSU Rank Among Big Ten Home Teams At Michigan Sportsbooks

How UM, MSU Rank Among Big Ten Home Teams At Michigan Sportsbooks
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In college football, with the stands full of fiercely partisan support, playing at home is considered a huge advantage. That is always something Michigan sports betting apps users should consider when they contemplate placing wagers on autumn Saturdays.

Two great examples are in the Great Lakes State. The University of Michigan plays in the aptly named “Big House” with its capacity for more than 107,000 screaming Wolverines fans. Michigan State plays in “The Woodshed” with room for 75,000-80,000 Spartans faithful.

So how advantageous is it for Michigan and Michigan State to play at home compared to other Big Ten schools playing at home? dug into the numbers to find out.

Best Big Ten Home Teams To Bet Since 2018

Rank, Team Home ML Home ATS Avg. Rank
1. Michigan 28-4 (2nd) 19-12-1 (1st) 1.5
2. Ohio State 30-2 (1st) 18-13-1 (3rd) 2.0
T3. Penn State 25-8 (3rd) 17-15-1 (5th) 4.0
T3. Minnesota 21-10 (6th) 18-12-1 (2nd) 4.0
5. Iowa 24-8 (4th) 16-15-1 (7th) 5.5
6. Maryland 15-13 (8th) 15-13 (4th) 6.0
7. Wisconsin 23-8 (5th) 13-18 (T11th) 8.0
8. Illinois 14-16 (11th) 15-14-1 (6th) 8.5
9. Indiana 14-15 (10th) 14-15 (8th) 9.0
10. Purdue 15-15 (9th) 13-17 (10th) 9.5
11. Michigan State 19-12 (7th) 9-20-2 (14th) 10.5
T12. Nebraska 13-18 (12th) 13-18 (T11th) 11.5
T12. Rutgers 7-24 (14th) 14-17 (9th) 11.5
14. Northwestern 12-18 (13th) 11-17-2 (13th) 13.0

How We Determined Our Rankings

As part of our continuing Michigan sports betting coverage, used to look at each Big Ten school’s home football win-loss records for straight-up outcomes (equating to moneyline or ML outcomes for wagering purposes) since 2018. We also gathered each football program’s home record against the spread (ATS) since 2018.

We then ranked the B1G teams from 1 through 14 in each of the two categories and averaged out those numbers to arrive at a final ranking.

Michigan was the leader in the overall Big Ten ranking as it was propelled by being No. 1 ATS with a 19-12-1 home record since 2018 – a .609 winning percentage (this season, coach Jim Harbaugh’s team has +180 odds with BetMGM Michigan Sportsbook to win the conference). Playing in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines’ record straight up, or using the moneyline, has been 28-4 (.875), good for second in that category. The two categories were averaged for a final score of 1.5 for Michigan.

That gave Michigan a slight edge over archrival Ohio State, which was first for straight-up/moneyline outcomes with a 30-2 record. The Buckeyes’ 18-13-1 record ATS (about 58.5%) was good for third place in that category. The results were an average of 2.0, putting OSU just below the Wolverines, to the delight of Michigan fans. OSU is the conference co-favorite at +180 with BetMGM.

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Where Michigan State Spartans Rank

The examination of home-record results wasn’t so kind to Michigan State, which has +15000 odds to win the league in 2023 for customers using the at DraftKings Michigan promo code.

Since 2018, when the Spartans played at East Lansing, their straight-up/moneyline record was decent at 19-12, which was good for seventh in the Big Ten.

But ATS, it was a far different story for the Spartans. Michigan State, since 2018, has been an abysmal 9-20-2 at home against-the-spread (a .323 winning percentage). That was No. 14, or last, among Big Ten schools.

With Michigan State’s dismal ATS record weighing against its above-average straight-up/moneyline record, the Spartans ranked 11th for home record performance since 2018 among Big Ten football programs.

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