Here we are in the doldrums of summer with the football season way off in the distance. However, like objects in the side mirror, honest to goodness, helmet on helmet (well, not anymore, but stay with me) football is closer than it appears. Big 12 Media Days is next week, fall camp is just a handful of weeks away, and then it’s football!
Big 12 football is less than eight weeks away, and sports book WestGate Las Vegas LVSuperBook has released their latest betting odds on who will win the Big 12 Championship.
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The Sooners are the odds on favorite to win it all at 4/5 odds, while Kansas brings up the rear at 500/1 odds. So, that got us thinking, who are we putting our money on?
I’m not a betting man, but I think that Texas at 7/2 odds is what they refer to in the gambling world as a “bad bet”. Outside of that, I’m taking Kansas State. The Wildcats are as talented as they have been in years, and it might be Bill Snyder’s final season. That is a recipe for a Big 12 championship.
Like Patrick, I am not a betting man. Texas at 3/1 is pretty crazy to me. It is literally all hype and potential with no bases on the recent history of this team. I understand Kansas State at 6/1 because they are always so low in recruiting rankings, but Bill Snyder is returning a very good team and if this is his last year (which health and time would suggest), well, I’d be willing to put money on those odds.
Oklahoma. I’m old school. So anytime a gamer and proven winner at QB is under center you have the head up on the competition. With the entire offensive line returning along with a talented defense, the Sooners have what it takes to win tough road games at OSU, at KSU Texas in Dallas.
So these odds do not really come as a surprise to me. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are, in my mind, the two best teams in the conference. And the hype for Texas, we usually see this time of year, so I’m not shocked they have the third best odds. Kansas State, if Jesse Ertz can stay healthy, looks like a solid choice to be the team that can unseat the two Oklahoma teams. However, my pick is Oklahoma.
They have Baker Mayfield, arguably the Heisman front-runner, and an offensive line that is loaded. The loss of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon are big blows, but with that talented offensive line and what, on paper, seems to be a more than capable stable of running backs, the run game should be fine. The receivers on the other hand, we will have to see. Nobody predicted the season Dede Westbrook was going to have last year after the departure of Sterling Shepard. Now Westbrook is gone, and the Sooners will have to fill those shoes. If they can, that offense will continue to roll. As far as the defense goes, last year the Sooners struggled. We will see if the transition to the 4-3 will improve that unit. Young studs like Caleb Kelly and Neville Gallimore, as well as the veteran leadership of Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas, have people in Norman excited.
Betting futures is a bit of a fool’s game, as there is little return for your money. Sure, you can put your money on Kansas at 500/1, but good luck with that. I can’t put my money on an odds on favorite. There is just not enough reward for the risk. Teams are favorites for a reason, though. So, it is not smart to put your money on too much of a dark horse. If I’m going to bet, I’m looking for the best value (at least as to how I see it).
The Pokes are every bit as talented as Oklahoma this season, and because of their schedule, I have them number one in my preseason rankings. So, the fact they are not the betting favorite is good news for me as a bettor. They have an offense that might be unrivaled in college football. All the defense has to do it slow down the other team enough to put them into “catch up” mode, and the Cowboys are going to win a lot of games. Not to mention, the Poke’s defense should be very good in the box.
I’m not sure 3/1 odds is enough to get me to the betting window, but if I was already there, I would probably throw down some cash on Oklahoma State.