The TCU Horned Frogs will have to fight a 7½-point college football wagering battle if they want to beat the Oklahoma Sooners for the Big 12 Championship and in the process avenge their early November 20-38 loss to OU. History is with the Sooners, though, who have gone 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games played in Week 14. Additionally, the Oklahomies have the added motivation of a College Football Playoff spot from which to draw.
- Date: December 2
- Time: 12:35 PM
- Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Sportsbook Online NCAA Football Betting Odds:
TCU +7½ (-130) 63½ (-110) +230
Oklahoma -7½ (+110) 63½ (-110) -270
Winding your way down on Baker Street
Say what you will about Sooners starting QB Baker Mayfield, but the kid already acts like an NFL superstar, and that includes before as well as during a game.
ICYMI: Cockiest clap in the history of claps. And, personally, I'm here for it. pic.twitter.com/bHFokG4jub
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) November 14, 2017
Barring what people who enjoy gambling on college football like to call an upset, Mayfield is a shoo-in for the Heisman Trophy, but “It’s not about the Heisman. It’s about the national title,” the senior signal-caller said. And the road to the national title goes, for Oklahoma, through TCU. Mayfield heads into the Big 12 championship game with 4,097 passing yards and 37 passing touchdowns, and just five picks. He and the rest of OU’s offense – whom we might refer to as the Baker Street Irregulars – scored all of their 38 points against TCU in the first half and then took their collective foot off the pedal, which is par for the course for a school that has averaged 34 points in the first half of their last five games and scored at least 20 in the first half of 10 games this season. The only source of concern for the Sooners is the defense, but more on that later. Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS in their last five Big 12 games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight neutral site games, and 4-1 against the college football wagering spread in their last five overall.
Kenny Hill to coach Patterson: “Thank you and I love you.” Coach: “You like movies about gladiators?”
TCU starting QB Kenny Hill is undeniably a good kid, but football-wise, he’s no Baker Mayfield, entering Saturday with a modest 2,604 yards, 19 touchdowns and five picks. That being said, the Sooners did allow a West Virginia squad led by a backup QB 31 points this weekend. Oklahoma still, mind you, won the game, and, you know, covered the spread. On the other hand, Texas Christian has allowed 22 or less points in six of their last seven games, so that 7½-point spread could come to fruition, especially since a low-scoring affair is not to be unexpected. The total has gone under in 15 of Oklahoma’s last 19 games in December, as well as in six of TCU’s last eight games against the Sooners. Moreover, TCU is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in December, and 4-0 against the college football wagering spread in their last 4 games on fieldturf.