Oklahoma State Betting Odds Preview
Oklahoma State performed admirably in a transitional year last season, compiling an 8-5 SU and ATS record. With loads of talent returning on both sides of the ball and one of the most explosive offenses in the country, the Cowboys enter the season as the betting favorite to win the Big 12.
After a sensational 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS season in 2011, everyone was expecting a dip in 2012 with offensive mainstays QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon departing for the NFL. But even with some big holes needed to be filled by young players and some injury issues over the course of the season, Oklahoma State put together a solid 8-5 SU and ATS campaign last year.
The biggest question coming into this season is at quarterback. True freshman Wes Lunt had been given the job out of camp last year, but after getting injured his backups actually out-performed him. Senior Clint Chelf had 1,588 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions and sophomore J.W. Walsh had 1,564 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. With a new offensive coordinator in town, Oklahoma State would like to get the depth chart solidified sooner rather than later. The Cowboys lose star running back Joseph Randle, but senior Jeremy Smith and junior Desmond Roland are ready to carry the torch. Regardless of who is under center, the Cowboys will be able to shoot out with anyone.
Whoever emerges as quarterback will need to be able to show thick skin on the road. Oklahoma State finished 6-1 SU and ATS at home last season, but went just 1-4 SU and ATS on the road. The defense was a big part of the road woes too, allowing 41.8 points per game away from home. The Cowboys get most of their tough opponents at home this season, but an early season road game against West Virginia and a late season road game against Texas loom on the schedule as big tests.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 9
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500