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Big 12 Football Odds & Betting Tips: Sooners Pulling Away Early

Big 12 Football Odds & Betting Tips: Sooners Pulling Away Early

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Two weeks into the new season, Oklahoma is still in the driver’s seat in terms of Big 12 futures odds. The Sooners’ odds have even improved since the preseason thanks largely to big stumbles from other hopeful contenders.

The Sooners opened around -180 and are currently -240 as they get ready for a Week 3 matchup with Nebraska in Norman. The closest contender, Iowa State, fell to +500 on the betting board after a Week 2 home loss to Iowa. Texas also dropped down but is holding third on the board at +750 following the Longhorns’ loss at Arkansas.

TCU (+1400) and Oklahoma State (+1800) are the only other conference teams with odds shorter than +3000.

Let’s take a closer look at what college football betting fans should know about wagering on Big 12 games at sportsbooks and betting sites.

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Big 12 Football Odds 2021

Oklahoma-240View All Odds
Iowa State+500View All Odds
Texas+750View All Odds
TCU+1400View All Odds
Oklahoma State+1800View All Odds
West Virginia+3000View All Odds
Baylor+7500View All Odds
Kansas State+7500View All Odds
Texas Tech+8000View All Odds
Kansas+40000View All Odds

To check out the latest odds or make a wager, go to our College Football Futures page. All odds in table above from DraftKings, and current as of publication. Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.


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How to Bet on Big 12 Football

Like every conference, the Big 12 has certain characteristics that set it apart, and bettors need to take into account when considering weekend wagers. Here are five tips to keep in mind when planning a wager on your sports betting app:

1. Quality Coaches

The first thing to realize about Big 12 football is that a lot of high-quality coaches are part of the conference. There simply aren’t many bad coaches in this conference. The other major conferences have more coaches who struggle to produce results.

The Big 12 isn’t as weak, and that’s not only because it has only 10 teams compared to 14 for the Big Ten or ACC. There’s a lot of quality coaching in this conference, which usually leads to teams being well-prepared.

2. Plenty Of Points, Big Totals

There are plenty of points to go around in the Big 12 as defense tends to be optional, something to keep in mind for over/under betting and when shopping for college football lines. In 2018, for instance, the Oklahoma Sooners led the nation in points (48.4 per game) while three other teams finished in the Top 12 of the country in total offense. However, in recent years we’ve seen a shift with strong defensive showings from teams like Iowa State, West Virginia and TCU.

There are still a lot of teams with good offensive systems like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Texas. They find quarterbacks that fit their needs, coach them up, and unleash real havoc on opposing defenses.

If you see a lot of high totals in this conference, you know why. There are plenty of shootouts on a weekly basis. But the defensive uprising in recent years means one would be wise to strongly consider the under on occasion.

3. TCU Tends To Have A Defense

It’s rare that you can trust a defense in this conference but TCU is the one team that tends to have the quality players on that side of the ball. In the past, Texas and Oklahoma would be in the conversation too, as both teams used to be a breeding ground of future defensive stars in the NFL.

4. It’s Been A Texas & Oklahoma Conference

Let’s face it: This is a Texas and Oklahoma conference until they make the move to the SEC. It wasn’t always like this, when the Longhorns were struggling and Baylor and TCU were on the rise, but it is back to that reality again. Texas has assembled talent and depth, while Oklahoma is a top dog each year.

Both of these schools have way more resources than anyone else – especially Texas. It recruits the best talent and finds the best coaches. Whether it makes the most of it in a given year is a topic of conversation, but it has the resources to acquire what and who it wants.

5. Big Mid-Tier In The Conference

One thing to keep in mind is this conference tends to have more depth than you might think. That’s because Big 12 country is mostly in Texas, which is one of the most football-rich states in the nation. Sure, Texas and Oklahoma will get the top recruits but there are plenty of quality assets to go around.

Teams such as Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech will come in and find quarterbacks who fall just short of the big boys. Sometimes they’ll even compete with them or pull over transfers.

That tends to lead to a conference where Oklahoma and Texas are the teams to beat, but they’re followed by a big second tier of teams. The aforementioned schools along with West Virginia and Iowa State tend to be close each year. For example, in 2020, there were six schools who registered six wins or more; that’s pretty good for a conference with just 10 teams.

If you’re betting this conference, just know that any one of those teams can put together a Top 10-type of season or sting Texas or Oklahoma on a given week, something to keep in mind for both your point-spread betting and moneyline betting.

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The Big 12 Championship game matchup does not come from division winners, but rather the top two teams face off.

Big 12 Football Championship Betting

The Big 12 has a conference championship game, as do the other power conferences, but the Big 12 does something different relative to those other conferences. The other conferences have two divisions and put the champions of the divisions against each other.

As of the 2021 season, the Big 12 has no divisions and puts the top two regular season finishers against each other. If you finish second in the Big 12 regular season standings, you make the title game.

You can bet on the Big 12 Championship Game if you live in one of the states that has legalized sports betting. For example, Big 12 states like Iowa and West Virginia permit sports betting.

Recent Big 12 Football Championship Game Results

2020OklahamaIowa State27-21OKL -659
2019OklahomaBaylor30-23OKL -8.566
2018OklahomaTCU41-39OKL -7.564
2017OklahomaTCU39-27OKL -9.579

Big 12 Football Championship Game FAQs

When is the 2021 Big 12 Championship Game?

The 2021 Big 12 Championship is Dec. 4, 2021.

Where is the 2021 Big 12 Championship?

The 2021 Big 12 Championship is in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Can I bet on the Big 12 Championship Game?

Yes, if you live in a state with legal sports betting.

Where can I watch the Big 12 Football Championship?

You can watch the Big 12 Football Championship on ABC or ESPN. One of the two outlets will broadcast this year’s game, depending on where you live.

What is the last Big 12 football team to win the national title?

The last Big 12 team to win the national title was Texas in 2005. The Longhorns defeated USC in a classic 2006 Rose Bowl to win the national title for the 2005 college football season.

Who is the favorite to win the Big 12?

The favorite to win the Big 12 is Oklahoma with odds of -240.

About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge

Dan writes about college football and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA Tour for Golfweek in Orlando. He filled several roles in his prior work as sports producer for the Lansing State Journal, where he hosted the Spartan Speak podcast, managed social media accounts, reported on stories and oversaw nightly production on print deadline. Dan also covered college football, basketball and recruiting as the Michigan State beat writer for 247Sports.