The Big 12 has rejoined most of the rest of college football by bringing back its conference championship game this season despite not having any divisions. One capper believes the best value bet on the board to win the Big 12 title is Oklahoma State.
When it comes to Big 12 Conference football, the two biggest names always mentioned are Oklahoma and Texas. Not unexpectedly, these two have attracted the most betting action early on. Here are the current odds of the Top 5 teams in the Big 12 for the conference title.
Oklahoma State 4/1
Kansas State 6/1
West Virginia 10/1
The Sooners have QB Baker Mayfield back, but have many other offensive questions coming into the season. The Longhorns have a new head coach in Tom Herman, and while he worked wonders at Houston the Big 12 is not the AAC. West Virginia has to replace long-time quarterback Skyler Howard and several defensive players. Kansas State just plays a step slower than the top teams. For those making college football picks, the best bet looks like Oklahoma State.
Coach Mike Gundy has quarterback Mason Rudolph back after he threw for 4,091 and 28 touchdowns and also ran six more for TDs. Rudolph considered turning pro. 5Dimes has Rudolph in a group with the ninth-best odds for the Heisman Trophy at +2000.
Also, the Pokes always seem to have an NFL wide receiver in the making and the latest is James Washington, who had 71 catches last season and averaged a remarkable 19.4 yards per grab. Washington is considered among the best pass catchers in the country and is only one of two receivers to actually to have 5Dimes Heisman futures prior to the season. (Alabama's Calvin Ridley is the other) What really make the Okie State offense roll is a stellar running game, and Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year Justice Hill (1,142 yards) will definitely make this happen behind a quality offensive line. Seven starters are back overall on offense.
Overall, the defense should be better than last year's contingent which surrendered 26.5 PPG. Five starters are due back on that side of the ball. Adding this all together and having home games against TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State, I like the Cowboys' chances to be Big 12 champs with the return of the conference championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.