Tipoff is slated for 10 p. ET on FS1. The championship round will be held on Friday, Nov.
He has spent time with Perform Group Media, earned a master's degree, and is even a certified pace car driver. Michigan has lost 14 of the last 15 meetings with Ohio State, but oddsmakers in Las Vegas say this is the year the Wolverines not only beat the rival Buckeyes, but win the Big Ten and advance to the College Football Playoff.
New Jersey and offshore bookmakers have a different perspective.
But Big Ten futures odds differ substantially outside of Nevada. Two factors weighed significantly in the Vegas oddsmakers' decisions to install Michigan as the Big Ten favorite: The Wolverines have the highest power rating in the conference, and the regular-season finale against Ohio State is in Ann Arbor.
They should have lower odds. The Buckeyes also allowed 4.
Barring a wild-card team making an undefeated regular-season run like Notre Dame did last season, Salmons says the Westgate staff is in agreement a one-loss Big Ten champion should make the College Football Playoff. While Salmons likes Nebraska to be that team, his current power ratings make the Cornhuskers a point underdog to Michigan.
You look at their games last year, they could have won at Ohio State, at Iowa, should have won at Northwestern. Breakout potential remains, as oddsmakers have installed a win total of 8. But at least for another season, oddsmakers expect the Blue Bloods to reign supreme.