The Cornhuskers are expected to win the Big 12 North while Oklahoma is the favorite to win the Big 12 South. Both teams are considered national title contenders as well and are among the favorites in Internet betting odds.
Online betting odds list Oklahoma at 7-1 to win the national title while Nebraska is 15-1. The Cornhuskers have the easier path to the Big 12 title game since the North is weaker than the South but Oklahoma is considered the stronger team. This will be the last season for Nebraska in the Big 12 as they will be part of the Big 10 in 2011.
In the preseason media poll, Nebraska was picked as the unanimous choice to repeat as Big 12 North champions. The Cornhuskers received all 26 first-place votes from media members. Oklahoma was the choice to win the South as they got 16 first-place votes while Texas got 10.
The North should be all about Nebraska as the rest of the teams are a notch below the Cornhuskers. Missouri was picked for second in the preseason media poll followed by Kansas State, Kansas, Colorado and Iowa State. In the South, Texas A&M was picked to finish third behind Oklahoma and Texas. Texas Tech was picked for fourth followed by Oklahoma State and Baylor.
History is on the side of Nebraska as they have been picked to win the North nine times previously and on seven of those occasions they won the title. Oklahoma has been picked as the preseason champs a total of eight times and they finished in first place in five of those seasons.
The big games in the Big 12 this season in Internet betting will be Texas versus Oklahoma and Texas versus Nebraska. The Longhorns are not the favorites in the Big 12 this season because they have to replace Colt McCoy at quarterback. They are also not favored because they have to play both Oklahoma and Nebraska. They face the Sooners on October 2nd and then after a bye week they go to Nebraska on October 16th. It is very possible that the Longhorns will be underdogs in both of those games.