Football season is still just over three months away (wait, football is only three months away?!), but it’s never too early to make predictions and the odds makers have already started posturing to land your hard-earned money should you choose to risk it.
Earlier this month, betting service Diamond Sportsbook International (out of Costa Rica), released their regular season win totals for the Big 12.
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Oklahoma remains the class of the Big 12 and, as is normally the case, it’s probably the Sooners’ conference to loose. There are some questions at quarterback though, as with Oklahoma State, but OU has more of a proven commodity in Kyler Murray, and even Austin Kendall, than the Pokes do. Kendall has completed more passes in two career games than Taylor Cornelius has in eight.
Still, 10.5 wins for the Sooners seems a bit high.
TCU sits right where they normally do in the league’s pecking order while also facing turnover at the QB spot. Can Shawn Robinson turn the experience he gained last season into a successful sophomore campaign?
Speaking of experience at quarterback, I might just take the over on seven wins for West Virginia. Will Grier is not only the Big 12’s leading returning passer, he’ll have his top two of the Big 12’s top 4 returning receivers in David Sills V and Gary Jennings. Plus, TCU and Oklahoma have to travel to Morgantown.
Iowa State may also be getting slept on a bit. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see the Cyclones push for a top 4 spot in the league. Kyle Kempt was granted a sixth year of eligibility which makes Iowa State a darkhorse Big 12 candidate, in my opinion. And with Jacob Park off to his third school, the path is cleared for Kempt to flourish as Iowa State’s No. 1 with at least some potential behind him in Zeb Noland. Matt Campbell’s star should continue to rise.
Texas … back?
The Texas is Back hype is flowing early this the year. The over/under on regular season wins comes in at seven, a number the Longhorns haven’t reached since Mack Brown was donning the head phones in Austin. Who knows, maybe they find a QB that combination that can be effective. If you’re going to be lacking in that department, this may be the year to do it in the Big 12.
Texas Tech is looking to keep Kliff Kingsbury out of the hot seat and will probably need the over at 5.5 to do so. The Red Raiders showed some improvement on defense last year but they have basically zero returning snaps behind center.
Kansas? With three wins? They only play Texas once.