Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada has released its Big 12 Championship odds for the 2017 football season. Predictably, the two Oklahoma schools topped their list.
Here’s how it looks.
Last year at this time, Bovada gave Oklahoma State 5-1 odds which tied TCU for second best. Oklahoma was given 2-3 odds in the summer of 2016, making the Sooners slightly less of a favorite this year than they were a year ago. You remember, when they had the program’s winningest coach and three NFL players returning. There’s a lot of confidence in a first-time CEO and an offense with a bunch of questions.
Oklahoma State earns a little more juice from Vegas with their own slew of returning skill players and a senior record-setting QB. Their odd year home schedule that brings Oklahoma, Kansas State and TCU to Stillwater probably helps as well.
And how about all the Texas love?
West Virginia might be a value bet at 20-1. If Will Grier can live up to the spring game hype, he may be the best QB Dana’s coached since Brandon Weeden. Tony Gibson always finds a way to field a decent-to-good defense. Speaking of defense, TCU might be good if Kenny Trill can be a lot more Jekyll and a lot less Hyde. We also don’t know how much they will miss Doug Meacham who’s up in Lawrence trying to teach the Jayhawks offense where the end zone is.
Kansas State will probably beat one of the Oklahoma schools and scare the other. Of course, a lot depends
on how much you’re sold on Jesse Ertz. Scratch that. They’ll run out their third-string punter to take snaps against OSU and he’ll throw for two TDs and run for one.
At the bottom, it gets ugly. Kansas may not finish last in the conference this year. It’s possible. Texas Tech might be historically bad. I think Iowa State could win four conference games this year. That’s more of an indictment on the lower half of the league than Cyclone love.
A lot can change over a summer and into the fall. There will be at least one surprise team and one that stumbles out of the gate. And don’t forget that Oklahoma State plays in Ames on 11/11. So knock on wood, find your rabbit’s foot and be careful with that mirror.
And then go put all your money down on OU.
(reverse jinxes forever).