Vegas wasn’t built on being on the losing side of bets, so when you see odds like the ones below to win the Big 12, it makes you wonder what you might be missing.
We’re less than four months away from the 2021 college football season starting, so futures bets are becoming more closely examined by fans and bettors. And in the Big 12, new odd are out from BetOnline.ag, and while the odds mostly made sense, there was one stunning development: Texas has better odds to win the Big 12 than Iowa State.
Here’s what they look like.
Big 12 – Odds to Win Conference
Iowa State 7/2
Oklahoma State 10/1
West Virginia 22/1
Kansas State 28/1
Texas Tech 50/1
There’s no doubt the Oklahoma Sooners deserve to be the favorites, as they’ve won the conference six seasons in a row. And Kansas deserves to have the worst odds by a mile, but even 150/1 has no interest to me.
But the Iowa State Cyclones, who nearly won the Big 12 last season and return a bulk of their key players, were only given the third-best odds in the conference, behind the Texas Longhorns.
Why? Well, Texas, like other blue bloods with huge fan bases, are often on the receiving end of more wagers than they deserve. Fans bet their team because they’re being emotional about it. But in a futures bet? I get the hype around Steve Sarkisian, but with a QB battle in Austin and lots of uncertainty, combined with what Matt Campbell brings back to Iowa State, this one makes absolutely zero sense.
Even a Texas fan who is trying to be unbias has to realize that. Unless the tailgating at DKR is already underway for the 2021 season and no one told us, there’s no way to justify such a wager.