Big 12 Betting Preview: Oklahoma Sooners Favored to Reclaim Conference

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

The Sooner Schooner and the Ruf Neks ride off the field after a Oklahoma touchdown against TCU during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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Following up on a convincing 45-31 victory over Alabama in this past year’s Sugar Bowl, the Oklahoma Sooners enter the 2014 NCAA Football season as strong 4-5 favorites to win the Big 12 conference title.

The Sooners amassed an 11-2 record in 2013 (7-2 in the conference) while posting convincing victories over multiple nationally ranked teams, including No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 6 Oklahoma State.

But a 41-12 loss to the conference rival Baylor Bears sealed the Sooners’ fate and gave the 2013 Big 12 conference title to Baylor. Regardless, sportsbooks have them at 10-1 to win the College Football Playoff.

Despite their position as defending Big 12 champs, the Bears trail the Sooners to defend their title, with odds of 5-2, according to books monitored by Odds Shark. Baylor rode a potent offense to the title a year ago, recording at least 59 points in seven of their 11 victories. However, the season ended on a sour note for the Bears, who got a taste of their own medicine in a 52-42 loss to the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Bears open as 33-point home chalk to SMU this weekend.

The Texas Longhorns complete the short list of favorites to win the 2014 Big 12 conference title. The Longhorns sport betting odds of 15-2 entering the 2014 campaign, following a roller-coaster season in 2013.

Texas was slow out of the gate, dropping two of their first three games against out-of-conference opponents, but the Longhorns salvaged their season and a bowl game appearance by winning seven of their next nine, finishing the regular season with an 8-4 record before losing a 30-7 decision to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys posted a strong 7-2 record against Big 12 opponents in 2013 but start this season with 12-1 odds to be the top team in the Big 12. They are joined in this second tier of contenders at 10-1 by the Kansas State Wildcats, who finished at 8-5.

The Cowboys face a daunting opener against Florida State in Arlington, Texas, where they are getting 17.5 points from sportsbooks, according to Odds Shark.

The TCU Horned Frogs sit squarely in the middle of the pack with Big 12 futures betting odds of 12-1, followed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 20-1. The West Virginia Mountaineers lead the pack of Big 12 long shots, with odds of 66-1, while the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks round out Big 12 conference betting, each sporting distant odds of 100-1.