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2019 Season

Week 1 Betting Lines For The Big 12 & Making Picks

Football is here and it’s time to make some picks!



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To be honest, there are not a lot of exciting lines this week since there is only one Power 5 on Power 5 game. We won’t complain too much, though, as at least there’s football.

Just like last year, unless the line is close, I won’t be including matchups against FCS opponents. So, this week there will be picks on just five games. Take these picks at your own risk.

Oklahoma State at Oregon State

  • Line: OK State -14
  • Over-Under: 72

I don’t like that is a Pac-12 game late at night. Pac-12 after dark can get weird, which typically is not a good thing for the favored team. With that said, I like the Pokes to pull away and win comfortably. The Beavers just aren’t going to be very good. I might look into buying a half a point, but give me OSU. Pick: Oklahoma State -14

Louisiana Tech at Texas

  • Line: UT -20.5
  • Over-Under: 55

I would probably stay away from this one, but I do like this line at just under three scores. The Horns have a few questions to answer, but they should win this one comfortably. This is a tough pick because I worry about a late game cover by a not terrible LA Tech team. Especially as the Longhorns start to look ahead to their matchup against LSU. I don’t love it, but I’ll take Texas to cover by half a point. Pick: Texas -20.5

Indiana State at Kansas

  • Line: KU -4.5
  • Over-Under: 53.5

I’m going to have a little bit of blind faith here. The Jayhawks will be without their greatest weapon in Pooka Williams, and they will also be without defensive lineman Malcolm Lee. Plus, Indiana State is not a team Kansas can afford to overlook even at full strength. The Sycamore’s offense will test the Jayhawk’s defense. However, if Les Miles is the coach he is hyped to be, Kansas should win this by at least a score. There aren’t many winnable games on the Jayhawk’s schedule, so I want to believe. Pick: Kansas -4.5

James Madison at West Virginia

  • Line: WVU -7
  • Over-Under: 52.5

First-year head coach Neal Brown has his work cut out for him in Morgantown after Dana Holgorsen forgot to restock the cupboard before he left for Houston. James Madison is also breaking in a new head coach, but they are in a much better position. They return quarterback Ben DiNucci and they are expected to be a challenger in the FCS playoff this year. They also have a decent secondary. Oh, did I mention that DiNucci also used to play for Pitt, WVU’s most-hated rival? You can bet they want to make a statement against a Power 5 team. Pick: JMU +7

Houston at Okahoma

  • Line: OU -23.5
  • Over-Under: 80

The last time Oklahoma faced Houston, the Coogs sent the Sooners back to Norman with a 33-23 loss. A lot has changed since 2016, though. Lincoln Riley now heads Oklahoma, while Houston has a new coach of their own: former WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. Sooner Nation can’t be excited about the OU secondary going up against a Holgorsen offense. Especially as that offense returns one of the country’s best quarterbacks in D’Eriq King. Expect points in this one. I think the Sooners pull this one out and get their revenge, but don’t underestimate how badly Houston wants to prove themselves to the country. Pick: Houston +23.5

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