As we’ve been previewing conferences over the past few weeks, up next is the Big 12. Read below as we highlight the favorites to win it in 2018!
Oklahoma Sooners (+150)
Though Baker Mayfield is gone and off to play in Cleveland, Oklahoma is still in very good standing as we look ahead to the 2018 season.
They will be turning to Kyler Murray to be their new starting QB, who completed 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards + 3 TD’s in limited action last year. The rising junior will definitely be ready for the challenge, especially with a coach as good as Lincoln Riley.
Rodney Anderson and Marquise Brown, the top offensive playmakers, are both back in the fold, and they should be more than okay. Big things for the Sooners are coming.
Texas Longhorns (+350)
Last year was not a good year for the Longhorns, as they struggled to a 7-6 record under Tom Herman. They did not get particularly strong play from any offensive players, and had two QB’s fighting for the starting job all season.
Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger were both very mediocre in 2017, and in order for them to compete this year, one of them has to be named as the defined starter.
Ehlinger actually lead the team in rushing yards a year ago, with just 381 yards. That stat sums up how Texas performed a year ago. Improve the D, and allow one QB to lead, that is the recipe for their success.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (+500)
They are saying goodbye to Mason Rudolph after a few dominant seasons in a row as he is off to the NFL. Running back Justice Hill, who was an absolute beast on the field last year will be back in the fold.
Their top two receivers are also gone, in James Washington and Marcus Ateman, so some of their younger guys will be asked to step up. Mike Gundy has been one of college football’s better coaches in recent years, so this should help their cause.
Washington is going to be missed. His effort on a daily basis and his athleticism were huge for the Cowboys. Washington was asked about his potential in the NFL, and he is what he had to say.
“Growing up on a farm, it takes a lot of hard work and effort,” he said. “That’s where I get it on the field from. My mom brings the faith and the dedication of things to me as well. I can remember waking up at 6:30 in the morning and my dad stopping at the convenience store grabbing coffee and asking me, ‘If you want something to eat, better grab something now because we won’t be back from a while.’ I grabbed like a bag of chips and was good with it. That really set my tone in wanting to work hard.” – James Washington
In order to compete next year, they will need big things from Taylor Cornelius as he takes over as starting QB.
West Virginia Mountaineers (+600)
Things are looking up for the Mountaineers, as they will have another year with ex-Gators QB, Will Grier, who was sensational a season ago. The running game last year was very impressive, as it featured Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy.
They had a number of big-time wide receivers who will be coming back for another season, and this West Virginia Squad is looking to take names in 2018. Though they are projected to finish fourth in the conference, they are the only team coming in with a proven starting college QB next season.
The chance to show how good they are and can be will come next year. Will they be ready?
TCU Horned Frogs (+800)
After going 11-3 a year ago and finishing 9-2 in their conference, the expectations are high for the Horned Frogs. However, they lost their QB Kenny Hill, and their top RB Kyle Hicks. These are two guys that are tough to replace.
Darius Anderson will be back as the team’s new top RB, but they will also be without top pass-rusher Mat Boesen. Ben Banogu, who had 8.5 sacks last year will be back however.
The pressure is on for these guys, who will be replacing many starters.
Those are the FIVE favorites to take the cake in the Big 12 Conference during the 2018 College Football season!
Full Big 12 Football Betting Odds
The full Big 12 College Football Betting Odds odds are from SportsBetting.ag as of Sunday July 30, 2018
- Oklahoma Sooners +150
- Texas Longhorns +350
- Oklahoma State Cowboys +500
- West Virginia Mountaineers +600
- TCU Horned Frogs +800
- Baylor Bears +1600
- Kansas State Wildcats +1600
- Iowa State Cyclones +2000
- Texas Tech Red Raiders +2500
- Kansas Jayhawks +10000