College football enters week No. 12 with a pair of important games in the Big 10 that have seen line movement early. One of the games has much more importance than the other, but both are moving on the board in the early going.
Nebraska visits the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that could determine the title in the West division of the Big 10 while Indiana visits Rutgers in a matchup of two of the conference’s worst teams this season. Bettors in both games have backed the home teams since the lines became available on Sunday.
The Badgers and Cornhuskers are presently in a tie with the Minnesota Golden Gophers atop the West division of the Big Ten.
According to Bovada and betonline, Minnesota still must play against both Nebraska and Wisconsin on the road after hosting Ohio State the East division leader in the Big 10.
The line opened on Sunday with Wisconsin favored at home by 4 points over Nebraska, but has been bumped up to -5.5 as of late Monday.
On certain sites such as topbet and sportsbook.com, the line had gone up to -6, before pulling back to -5.5.
Some observers like Nebraska with close to a touchdown.
The Cornhuskers are battling for the national championship making this game as big as any for them on the season.
However, Wisconsin is on their home field and strong but giving nearly a touchdown against a power like Nebraska is a lot.
At the same time, two teams that have a great deal less to play for have had a line that has moved even more. On Sunday, Rutgers opened as the favorite at home by 5 points, but that has been bet up to new sit at 7.5 points.
Despite being just 1-4 in Big 10 action, Rutgers is just a win from being eligible for a bowl and entering this game off a bye, could spell trouble for Indiana.
Rutgers lost before the bye 37-0 against Wisconsin at home.
The Scarlet Knights have had to play away at Nebraska and Ohio State, prior to loosing at home to Wisconsin.
UMass started its season 0-6, but has won two of its past three and faces Ball State on Wednesday night.
UMass has covered the number in each of its last five games overall.
The line opened as a Pick’ em and has moved to UMass being a 3-point favorite, which makes it the biggest mover on the board since Sunday.