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Big Ten Football Week 1 Picks: Betting Odds, Lines, and More

The greatest gambling feature of all returns for its third season.

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College football is officially back! And that means we can all descend into chaotic gambling degeneracy with the return of You Bet Your Ass! Your cast of gamblers this season include returning champion Brandon Cain, Mark Primiano, Jim Vainisi, Matt Silich, Brad Repplinger, and last year's anchor Bryce Smith.

In case you have forgotten how this whole thing works:

  • Each participant will bet on every Big Ten game being played that weekend, and they can bet either the point spread or the over/under.
  • The participant will assign an amount to their bet, which can be either $25, $50 or $100. Each participant must place a minimum of one $100 bet per week. Everybody starts with a $0 balance, and balances can be negative.
  • And at the end of the year, we mock the loser (officially known as the Birkhead) mercilessly.
So let's get to it!

Kent State @ Illinois (-14), Over/Under: 52

Primiano: $50 on Over 52

Repplinger: $50 on Over 52

Smith: $100 on Illinois -14

Vainisi: $100 on Illinois -14

Cain: $50 on Over 52

Vallese: $50 on Illinois -14

Silich: $25 on Kent State +14


Silich: Prove me wrong, prove me wrong, prove me wrong prove me wrong, etc.


Southern Illinois @ Indiana (-16), Over/Under: 56

Primiano: $25 on SIU +16

Repplinger: $50 on Indiana -16

Smith: $25 on Over 56

Vainisi: $25 on Indiana -16

Cain: $50 on Under 56

Vallese: $50 on Indiana -16

Silich: $50 on Indiana -16


Cain: This isn't a late 2000s basketball game, so I'm not watching.


Illinois State @ Iowa (-9), Over/Under: 58

Primiano: $25 on ISU +9

Repplinger: $50 on Iowa -9

Smith: $25 on ISU +9

Vainisi: $50 on Under 58

Cain: $50 on Under 58

Vallese: $50 on Iowa -9

Silich: $50 on ISU +9


Vallese: Illinois State made it to the FCS Championship game last season, but the Hawkeyes are better and will win by more than three field goals this Saturday.


Richmond @ Maryland (-19), Over/Under: 59.5

Primiano: $50 on Maryland -19

Repplinger: $100 on Maryland -19

Smith: $50 on Maryland -19

Vainisi: $25 on Maryland -19

Cain: $50 on Maryland -19

Vallese: $50 on Maryland -19

Silich: $50 on Maryland -19


Primiano: Legitimately did not realize the Spiders had a football team.


Michigan @ Utah (-5.5), Over/Under: 46

Primiano: $50 on Over 46

Repplinger: $100 on Utah -5.5

Smith: $50 on Utah -5.5

Vainisi: $25 on Utah -5.5

Cain: $50 on Utah -5.5

Vallese: $25 on Over 46

Silich: $25 on Under 46


Repplinger: The Utes look solid after competing for a PAC12 title last season, I'll put a $100 on 'em


Michigan State (-17.5) @ Western Michigan, Over/Under: 58.5

Primiano: $100 on MSU -17.5

Repplinger: $100 on MSU -17.5

Smith: $25 on Under 58.5

Vainisi: $25 on WMU +17.5

Cain: $50 on Under 58.5

Vallese: $25 on WMU +17.5

Silich: $100 on MSU -17.5


Primiano: Future B1G coach P.J. Fleck undergoes the traditional initiation of a beat-in to join the conference.


TCU (-15.5) @ Minnesota, Over/Under: 58

Primiano: $25 on TCU -15.5

Repplinger: $25 on Minnesota +15.5

Smith: $50 on Over 58

Vainisi: $25 on Under 58

Cain: $100 on Over 58

Vallese: $50 on TCU -15.5

Silich: $50 on Minnesota +15.5


Smith: TCU will score as many points as they want.


BYU @ Nebraska (-7), Over/Under: 64.5

Primiano: $25 on Nebraska -7

Repplinger: $100 on Nebraska -7

Smith: $25 on Over 64.5

Vainisi: $25 on Nebraska -7

Cain: $50 on Nebraska -7

Vallese: $25 on BYU +7

Silich: $50 on BYU +7

Cain: No. 7 and Nebraska, this has to be a good sign.


Stanford (-12) @ Northwestern, Over/Under: 47

Primiano: $50 on Stanford -12

Repplinger: $50 on Stanford -12

Smith: $50 on Stanford -12

Vainisi: $50 on Stanford -12

Cain: $100 on Stanford -12

Vallese: $25 on Stanford -12

Silich: $100 on Under 47


Vallese: I want to see the Stanford Tree and Fitzy fight.


Ohio State (-13) @ Virginia Tech, Over/Under: 54

Primiano: $25 on VT +13

Repplinger: $100 on Over 54

Smith: $50 on OSU -13

Vainisi: $25 on OSU -13

Cain: $50 on Under 54

Vallese: $50 on OSU -13

Silich: $50 on OSU -13


Silich: Virginia Tech is going to wish they lost last season.


Penn State (-7) @ Temple, Over/Under: 39

Primiano: $50 on Penn State -7

Repplinger: $50 on Penn State -7

Smith: $25 on Under 39

Vainisi: $50 on Penn State -7

Cain: $100 on Penn State -7

Vallese: $50 on Penn State -7

Silich: $50 on Penn State -7


Vallese: Temple improved greatly last year, but Penn State is simply better. I feel fairly confident that they will win by more than a touchdown.


Purdue @ Marshall (-7.5), Over/Under: 64

Primiano: $25 on Marshall -7.5

Repplinger: $100 on Marshall -7.5

Smith: $25 on Over 64

Vainisi: $25 on Purdue +7.5

Cain: $50 on Marshall -7.5

Vallese: $25 on Purdue +7.5

Silich: $25 on Over 64

Repplinger: Marshall was a STUPID good offense last season, have to think they win by more than 10. $100


Norfolk State @ Rutgers (-38), Over/Under: 44

Primiano: $25 on Norfolk State +38

Repplinger: $25 on Norfolk State +38

Smith: $25 on Over 44

Vainisi: $25 on Over 44

Cain: $50 on Over 44

Vallese: $50 on Over 44

Silich: $25 on Norfolk State +38


Silich: I don't know a single thing about Norfolk State, but I'm not taking Rutgers favored by 38 points over anyone.


Wisconsin vs. Alabama (-10.5), Over/Under: 51

Primiano: $50 on Alabama -10.5

Repplinger: $50 on Alabama -10.5

Smith: $25 on Alabama -10.5

Vainisi: $25 on Alabama -10.5

Cain: $50 on Under 51

Vallese: $25 on Over 51

Silich: $25 on Under 51


Vainisi: ROLL DAMN TIDE.