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Big 12 Football Conference Odds

The Big 12 has been dominated by both the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns ever since the conference came into existence. Linemakers at online sportsbooks expect that trend to continue once again in 2019-20 with Lincoln Riley’s Sooners installed the -134 chalk to win it a fourth straight season with Tom Herman’s Longhorns checking in right behind them at +275. Since the futures odds to win the Big 12 hit the board, OU has taken most of the action to increase them to decided -155 favorites, while the betting markets seem to have soured on Tom Ehlinger and company who current offer up a +350 return on investment. Either way you cut it, it’s highly likely we see Boomer Sooner and the Hook ‘Em Horns battling one another a second time in the same season in successive years with both clubs certainly looking to be the cream of the Big 12 crop. While Iowa State and Baylor could play a role, neither has the overall talent to ultimately give either of those squads a run for the money.

Big 12 Championship Betting Odds

Oklahoma -134

Texas +275

West Virginia +800

Iowa State +1200

Oklahoma State +2000

TCU +2000

Texas Tech +2200

Baylor +3300

Kansas State +4000

Kansas +5000

The Big 12 has been the Oklahoma Sooners stomping ground for as long as many can remember. Since the conference was formed back in 1996, Boomer Sooner has won it nine times which includes bringing home the hardware each of the last three seasons. Though Kyler Murray has taken his talent to the NFL, OU still looks to have one of the more potent offensive attacks in the country with former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts now at the helm. If the defense is able to crank up its intensity a couple notches, there’s no doubt Oklahoma will be in the running for the Big 12 championship and a third straight appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Texas won the championship in the Big 12’s inaugural season. Since then, the kids from Austin have amassed just a pair of titles since with the last coming back in 2009 when Coly McCoy tossed three picks and only three for 184 yards but the team still managed to pull out a defensive grinding 13-12 win over Ndamukong Suh and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. UT’s three Big 12 titles are the second most in the conference behind only Oklahoma, and that’s something Sam Ehlinger predicted would change when he stated the Horns “We’re back” after dominating the Georgia Bulldogs in last year’s Sugar Bowl. In order to do so, Texas needs to continue closing the gap on the Sooners whom they’ve been defeated by three of the last four times but have a trio of pointspread covers to show for their work.

West Virginia was a player in the Big 12 title race a season ago until the Mountaineers fizzled out late against both Oklahoma schools and then went on to get clocked by the Syracuse Orange in the Camping World Bowl. Will Grier and Dana Holgorsen are no longer in Morgantown along with a bevy of other major contributors from last year’s 8-4 team. Though Neal Brown brings incredible football acumen over with him from Troy, it’s tough to envision WVU being much of a threat to compete for the Big 12 title with so many questions needing answers. That sentiment shows in their current odds to win the conference that is up to +1800 from the +600 opener.

Iowa State has improved dramatically under Matt Campbell’s watch logging successive 8-5 seasons and a third place finish a season ago. With David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler no longer in the mix, many living outside of Ames are of the belief that the Cyclones take a step back in 2019-20. With Brock Purdy back under center off throwing for a career-best 2,250 yards and 16 TD, the offense looks to be in great shape. On top of that, ISU led the Big 12 in scoring defense and the front seven looks to be in great shape with seniors JaQuan Bailey and Ray Lima anchoring the line. Underestimating this squad could prove to be a big mistake when looking to pad your bankroll – there’s a reason their +1200 odds to win the Big 12 haven’t moved an inch since originally hitting the board at offshore sportsbooks.

While Oklahoma State and TCU are likely to field competitive squads in 2019-20 with Mike Gundy and Gary Patterson once again overlooking the team’s respective progression, the Baylor Bears are the squad on the bottom half of the Big 12 standings getting some burn on the championship odds. Matt Rhule’s kids initially hit the board at 33-1 but can now only be had at 16-1! Baylor closed last season out with an exciting 45-38 outright win and cover over Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl to move to 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the spread its final five games. It gets Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas at home and only needs to leave the state of Texas three times. The betting markets have hitched their wagons to the Bears early as the possible underdog that can make some noise, but a winning record and ninth trip to a bowl in the last 10 seasons is more likely.

Big 12 Football Format

The only Power 5 conference that isn’t split into divisions, the Big 12 will play a round-robin format again in 2019. Only this time the nine-game regular season won’t determine the league’s champion. It worked so well in the past. All the teams play each other and the champ is determined in a head-to-head format. If there’s a tie, simply take the team that won the matchup between those clubs. Adding to the confusion, but lining the pockets of the schools, is the reintroduction of a conference championship game, and the Big 12 didn’t have to expand to get it.

A NCAA rule banning the playing of a championship game with a league consisting of fewer than 12 teams was amended and the Big 12 got its extra contest. The top two teams in the regular season conference standings will square off in the third Big 12 Championship game since 2010. The game will take place in early December at ATT Stadium.

Since its inception in 1996 through the 2010 season the Big 12 hosted a championship game. Oklahoma defeated Nebraska in the last title tilt, then the Cornhuskers bailed for the Big Ten and Colorado helped form the Pac-12, leaving the league shy of the required number of teams to play the additional contest.

List of Big 12 Champions

2018 Oklahoma N/A N/A
2017 Oklahoma N/A N/A
2016 Oklahoma N/A N/A
2015 Oklahoma N/A N/A
2014 TCU/Baylor N/A N/A
2013 Baylor N/A N/A
2012 Kansas State/Oklahoma N/A N/A
2011 Oklahoma State N/A N/A
2010 Oklahoma Nebraska Oklahoma
2009 Texas Nebraska Texas
2008 Oklahoma Missouri Oklahoma
2007 Oklahoma Missouri Oklahoma
2006 Oklahoma Nebraska Oklahoma
2005 Texas Colorado Texas
2004 Oklahoma Colorado Oklahoma
2003 Kansas State Kansas State Oklahoma
2002 Oklahoma Colorado Oklahoma
2001 Colorado Colorado Texas
2000 Oklahoma Kansas State Oklahoma
1999 Nebraska Nebraska Texas
1998 Texas AM Kansas State Texas AM
1997 Nebraska Nebraska Texas AM
1996 Texas Nebraska Texas

The Big 12 was a merger of the old Big 8 and four teams from the dissolved Southwestern Conference that began play in the fall of 1996. There were 12 teams that started the new league, hence the name, but through realignment over the years, the league saw Colorado, Nebraska, Texas AM and Missouri join other leagues while TCU and West Virginia were invited in to form the current 10-team league.

With 40 percent of the membership and the league office based in Texas, the league has belonged to the Oklahoma Sooners. Since winning their first Big 12 championship in 2000, Oklahoma hasn’t gone more than two seasons without claiming one. The Sooners have won nearly half of the 25 titles, getting all but the 2012 title outright. OU and Kansas State shared the crown that year with 8-1 records.

The 2014 season also saw a tie at the top which prompted some league officials to lobby for a change to the conference championship game rules. Baylor and TCU finished 8-1 with the Bears winning the regular season meeting. TCU had an impressive 12-1 overall record and some felt the co-champion designation hurt the league in getting one of those teams into the CFP. The title was TCU’s first and only since becoming a league member in 2012.

Oklahoma returned to dominating the Big 12 title game once it returned to the fray in 2017 with a 41-17 trouncing of TCU as 7-point favorites and a 39-27 handling of Texas as near 10-point chalk in 2018.

Most Big 12 Conference Championships

12 Oklahoma 2018
3 Texas 2009
2 Baylor 2014
2 Kansas State 2012
2 Nebraska * 1999
1 TCU 2014
1 Oklahoma State 2011
1 Texas AM * 1998
1 Colorado * 2001
0 West Virginia ---
0 Texas Tech ---
0 Kansas ---
0 Iowa State ---
0 Missouri * ---

During its 23-year existence, the Big 12 has been top-heavy. Oklahoma has been a part of nearly half of the league titles, winning nine outright and sharing a 10th. Texas has three championships while Baylor, Kansas State and Nebraska each have two. Those are the only teams with multiple league titles. Four current teams and one former member got the big donut in the title column. Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State are all original members of the Big 12 and still looking for their first title. West Virginia joined in 2012 and had its best season in 2016 with a 7-2 league mark.

Missouri left for the SEC after the 2011 season without a Big 12 title. The Tigers came closest of the group that’s never won, dropping consecutive conference championship games to Oklahoma in 2007 and 2008. The current championship game format has problems written all over it, but it’s nothing the millions of dollars raked in because of it won’t solve.

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