Texas expected to be in the hunt
Leadership is a huge reason the Texas Longhorns are expected to challenge Oklahoma for the top spot in the Big 12 conference. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is a proven commodity, although he'll have to find a new favorite target with wide receiver Devin DuVernay having moved on. WR Collin Johnson is also gone, so the Longhorns will need playmakers to step up downfield. Their defense, or lack thereof, was a huge problem in 2019, but they return plenty of experience on that side of the ball, and they have a new defensive coordinator in Chris Ash.
The Texas Longhorns are hoping quarterback Sam Ehlinger can lead them to the Big 12 title and hopefully a College Playoff berth. (AP)
Big 12 Championship Game Odds
How to read Futures OddsAmerican: Oklahoma -125, Texas +120
Fractional: Oklahoma 4/5, Texas 6/5
Decimal: Oklahoma 1.8, Texas 2.2
Implied Probability: Oklahoma 55.6%, Texas 45.5%
Bettors placing a $100 wager Oklahoma would win $180 (Bet $100 to win $80) while a $100 wager on on Texas would win bring back $220, which includes your $100 stake.
Oklahoma is a 25/1 betting choice (Bet $100 to win $2,500) to win the College Football Playoff while Texas is right behind at 33/1 odds.
Where to Bet Big 12 Football
Texas and Oklahoma have dominated the Big 12 Conference, winning each of the past 10 league title games. The Sooners have won four straight league championships, and eight of the past 10, with the Longhorns claiming the other two. Kansas State was the last team other than OU and Texas to win the league title game, and that came back in 2003, a 35-7 upset of Oklahoma. The other previous Big 12 champs, Colorado (2001), Nebraska (1997, 1999) and Texas A&M (1998) aren't even in the league anymore.
So who can upset the apple cart and put an end to the dominance of these two perennial powerhouses? Oklahoma State plans to have a powerful offense, led by Heisman hopeful running back Chuba Hubbard on the ground, and WR Tylan Wallace through the air. Iowa State could also be right there in the mix if they can find steady play along the offensive line. QB Brock Purdy is a stud, but he'll be playing behind at least four new starters on the offesnive line. That's also a concern for RB Breece Hall, who might have smaller holes to negotiate in the run game. Baylor made a title run last season, falling in the championship game. QB Charlie Brewer is a standout, and the Bears have plenty of firepower on the defensive side of the ball. They have a new coach, however, and it remains to be seen if Dave Aranda will have nearly the same kind of success as the departed Matt Rhule.
Big 12 Win TotalsBaylor Bears: Over 7½ -125 Under 7½ +105
Iowa State Cyclones: Over 8 -125 Under 8 +105
Kansas Jayhawks: Over 3½ +120 Under 3½ -140
Kansas State Wildcats: Over 6 -140 Under 6 +120
Oklahoma Sooners: Over 10 +175 Under 10 -210
Oklahoma State Cowboys: Over 8½ +115 Under 8½ -135
Texas Christian Horned Frogs: Over 6½ -115 Under 6½ -105
Texas Longhorns: Over 9 +130 Under 9 -150
Texas Tech Red Raiders: Over 6 -110 Under 6 -110
West Virginia Mountaineers: Over 5½ +110 Under 5½ -130
Big 12 Win Totals to Watch
Kansas State should be halfway home to the Over 6 (-140) win total after its first three games. They'll face Buffalo, FCS North Dakota and Vanderbilt in the first three weekends, all winnable contests, and they also face Kansas and Texas Tech at home in games where it will likely be favored. The Wildcats will need to post a road win or two to hit the Over, and they battle West Virginia, TCU, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Baylor away from home. The Wildcats won eight games last season, and if they're to return to that level they will need to find help along the offensive line.
Texas is expected to be in the hunt for a league title, but as mentioned above, the Longhorns will need to find playmakers on the outside with Duvernay and Johnson out of the picture. Texas also has tough road games against LSU, Kansas State and Texas Tech, while also facing Oklahoma in their annual Red River rivalry game. At least the 'Horns get Baylor, Iowa State and TCU at DKR this season, but until the Longhorns prove they are legit title contenders and can win all the games they're supposed to, they'll always be a much better Under 9 (-150) than an Over 9 (+130) play.
Kansas showed some signs of life, and with RB Pooka Williams and WR Andrew Parchment, the cupboard is certainly not bare for head coach Les Miles in Lawrence. However, the Jayhawks have some uncertainty at quarterback. The Jayhawks should be able to push past FCS New Hampshire in the opener, and they will try and gain revenge against Coastal Carolina on the road in late September. They lost to the Chanticleers in 2019. They welcome Boston College to town, too, and that's a team the Jayhawks managed to beat last season. However, they figure to be underdogs in every conference game, and a four-win season for Kansas hasn't happened since Mark Mangino's final season in 2009, when Kansas went 5-7. Therefore the Under 3 ½ (-140) looks rather attractive.
How do I bet Win Totals?
College Football Win Totals can be grouped into future wagers since you’re betting on the outcome of a school over the course of a season and its production. Oddsmakers set a number prior to the season on how many wins a team will finish with at the end of their regular season schedule.
The majority of college football teams play 12 games and Win Total wagers do not include postseason matchups. Those matchups include conference title contests, bowls or playoff games. Some sportsbooks have rules on these wagers where a team must play ‘all’ 12 regular season games or the wager is void. It’s not uncommon to see games postponed throughout the season due to weather in the United States.
After the number is set, you either bet ‘over’ or ‘under’ on the Win Total. The number of wins is created to get the most two-way action for over and under wagers and if the sportsbook believes one side will receive more action, they normally add a higher tax (juice) on that wager.
Example: Oklahoma Sooners Under 10 (-210)
Instead of making Oklahoma Under 10½ wins, the oddsmakers will make bettors lay $210 to win $100 for the Sooners to finish with records worse than 12-0, 11-1. If Oklahoma finishes 10-2 then the bet is refunded since its known as a 'tie' or 'push' in the sports betting industry.
Big 12 Game of the Year Odds
Game of the Year Odds in college football are easy to understand and it gives bettors the ability to place early wages on anticipated matchups for the upcoming college football season. Sportsbooks are currently offering point-spreads and money-line wagers for the Game of the Year odds and once you lock in your bet, that's the line you'll keep regardless of what happens between the time that you placeed the wager and up until kickoff.
The Big 12 currently has 26 games highlighted for bettors for the 2020 college football season, featuring both non-conference and conference matchups.
Must See Non-Conference Matchups
Must See Big 12 Matchups
2020 Big 12 Heisman Trophy Contenders
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college football and it's become a popular betting market. Prior to and during the regular season, oddsmakers open and adjust their numbers on the top contenders and some of the returns have been very generous.
The Big 12 has won the Heisman Trophy two of the last three seasons, with Oklahoma quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield winning in 2018 and 2017 respectively. The conference has won three Heismans since 2010 with former Baylor QB Robert Griffin III winning in 2011.
Due to the dominance of the Big 12, it isn't surprising to see another Oklahoma quarterback listed as the top contender in the Big 12. The Sooners' Spencer Rattler has 12/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $1,200) despite only attempting 11 passes for the team last season.
Odds to win 2020 Heisman Trophy(Position, Big 12 Player, School, Odds)
What is the Big 12 Championship?
The Big 12 Championship returned in 2017, following a six-year hiatus when the title game went away after the league dropped to 10 teams. The conference had 12 teams that were divided equally into the North and South divisions. The two division winners would meet in a pre-determined venue, which was rotated in six different cities from Texas (Arlington, San Antonio, Houston, Irving) and Missouri (Kansas City, St. Louis). In the current format, the two teams with the best conference records will meet in the Big 12 Championship and tiebreakers do apply in case of a tie.
In the 18-year history of the game, Oklahoma has appeared in the game 11 times, which is the most of all Big 12 schools. The Sooners have come away with 10 wins, which is also the most in conference history. Texas (3) and Nebraska (2) are the only other schools that were able to capture multiple Big 12 championships.
2020 Big 12 Championship
Big 12 Championship Game Betting History
Bettors watched favorites go 14-4 straight up (SU) and 10-8 against the spread (ATS) in the Big 12. Including Oklahoma's win over Baylor in 2019, favorites have won the last 10 Big 12 chanpionships. The last time we saw an underdog win outright came in 2003 when Kansas State defeated Oklahoma 35-7 as a 14-point choice.
Total bettors have watched the 'under' go 10-8 in the first 18 Big 12 championships.