Following Big 12 Media Days there are no betting on college football surprises. As expected, Oklahoma and Texas top the futures board. The big debate is which of those two teams will end up as champions. Keep in mind that the Sooners and Longhorns split their two matchups last year. But it was OU that prevailed in the Big 12 championship game rematch. After losing the regular season tilt with UT on a field goal at the gun. Debate also rages as to if the Big 12 has any other teams that can threaten Oklahoma and Texas.
2019 Big 12 Media Days and Futures Odds
Of course, Oklahoma is an understandable betting on college football favorite as four-time defending Big 12 champions. Also keep in mind that OU quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018) have won the last two Heismans. Third year head coach Lincoln Riley is a renowned mastermind. NFL teams pick his brain continuously in the offseason. But now Riley will have a transfer quarterback in Jalen Hurts from Alabama. Hurts ended up on the bench at Bama in favor of Tua Tagovailoa. Can Riley coach him up?
Hook ‘Em for 2019?
Certainly, Texas is a trendy online betting pick to win the Big 12 this season. Sure, they finished 10-4 and beat Oklahoma in the regular season. However, their metrics are nowhere near championship level. Consider UT ranked 58th for total offense and 67th for total defense. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is getting plenty of love. Last year he threw for 3292 yards and a 25/5 TD/INT ratio. Is Texas “All Hat and No Cattle?” This year will reveal.
‘Les’ is More?
Counter to the top of the Big 12 are the putrid Kansas Jayhawks. KU was 3-9 in 2018 which was their best record since a 3-9 season in 2014. Correspondingly the Jayhawks last winning season was in 2008. Enter Les Miles. Naturally Miles is known for quirky and less than polished comments. Last week he caught heat over the return of running back Pooka Williams. Due to past legal issues it was believed that Miles was not tough enough on Williams. Miles was stumped when asked about it. Specifically, Williams ran for 1125 yards and seven TD’s for 2018.
A New Wildcat
Meanwhile Kansas State Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder has finally retired. So, a new era begins with North Dakota State championship coach Chris Klieman. Klieman won four FCS national championships while at NDSU. Klieman will bring a fresh message and new energy but the same demands. Similarly, to Snyder he will expect a full commitment from players. But perhaps a more enjoyable atmosphere. Quarterback Skylar Thompson should be an immediate asset for Klieman. To show, Thompson threw for a 125.3 rating and a 9/4 TD/INT ratio last year.
Betting on College Football Big 12 Outlook
Fashion that Iowa State has posted consecutive 8-5 betting on college football seasons. Head coach Matt Campbell is one of the hottest prospects in the land. The Cyclones are the dark horse and at least a spoiler. Otherwise Oklahoma is far and away the most proven program.
Betting on College Football SEC Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners
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