I know it’s just May 1st, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the college football season. Spring practice is in the rearview mirror for every Big 12 team, so now we can officially, or unofficially, start taking a look at the 2018 season itself.
There are plenty of new faces to watch for in the Big 12. Stars like Baker Mayfield and James Washington are gone, but there are some budding stars that are ready to take that next jump. Can Kyler Murray replace Mayfield and make the seamless transition for OU to win another Big 12 title? Well, the oddsmakers think so. Despite losing Baker Mayfield, Orlando Brown (and more) to the NFL, Lincoln Riley’s Sooners remain the Big 12 favorites according to some sportsbooks reviewed on this online betting site.
Here are the latest updated odds on who will win the Big 12 conference
West Virginia: 4/1
Kansas State: 9/1
Oklahoma State: 15/1
Iowa State: 29/1
Texas Tech: 65/1
It’s interesting to see OU such a big favorite, but that’s a testament to what Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley before him were able to build at every position talent-wise. West Virginia may have the best offense and best QB in Will Grier, but can the defense stop anyone? As usual, some folks like to buy into Texas in the offseason, because, well… it’s Texas?
But the fact that over half the conference has 15/1 odds or better to win it gives you further insight into the parity the Big 12 conference possesses. For those of you who follow it like we do, this shouldn’t be shocking. But it’s always interesting to see it on paper.
We’ll keep you updated on these numbers if they drastically change throughout the offseason.