Is the best the Big 12 has to offer better than a middle-of-the-pack SEC team?
Oddsmakers certainly think so and have installed Oklahoma State as a 12 ½-point favorite over the Bulldogs in a neutral-field matchup to be played at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
The Cowboys, picked to win the Big 12, are expected to put up huge offensive numbers once again. They averaged 45.7 points last season in coach Mike Gundy’s up-tempo, no-huddle scheme.
Mississippi State is picked to finish last in the SEC West and returns only five starters on defense. The Bulldogs have failed to cover in six straight games as underdogs away from home.