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** 2024 Previews: CBS Big Ten Win Totals, Picks, & Predictions

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2024 Big Ten win totals, odds, picks: Predictions for every team as Ohio State, Oregon face big numbers

Breaking down win total predictions for each Big Ten team as the league expands to 18 teams in the 2024 season

Expectations can make or break a program. Low expectations serve as motivation to prove all the doubters and naysayers wrong for some, while the weight of lofty expectations can prove too much to overcome for others. That's why, at the end of every season, there's a team that went 5-7 with a delighted fan base and a group of people who are miserable after watching their team go 10-2.

While every program and fan base sets the expectations, win totals are one of the few truly neutral projections for every team in the country. They're a simple measure of looking at a team's talent, its schedule and figuring out how many games you're most likely to win.

Perhaps most importantly, win totals give us all a chance to prove we're smarter than everybody else. I know I can never pass up the opportunity to do so, and I've gone through the entire Big Ten schedule for 2024 and figured out how many games each team will win. We don't even need to play the season! The results are all here!

OK, so I might be wrong on some of these. I went 7-7 with my picks last year, so maybe these oddsmakers know what it is they're doing. Let's see if I can post a winning record in 2024 as the Big Ten adds four new teams.





Over/under 7.5 wins

Wins: UTEP, Colorado, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Rutgers, at Indiana, UCLA, Wisconsin
Losses: at Purdue, at Ohio State, at USC, at Iowa

Analysis: Overhyping Nebraska in the offseason has become a college football tradition, but I swear this projection isn't about thinking this is the year the Cornhuskers break through. It's more a reflection of a strong defense, a lot of potential at quarterback and a friendly schedule. The Big Ten has a lot of strength up top, but there's a lot of wiggle room for everybody else in the second and third tiers. Nebraska is in a spot to take advantage of it. Pick: Over 7.5 (-150)


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