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Odds To Win Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma Sits Atop The Oddsboard

Odds to win the 2020 Big 12 Title

The 2019 campaign saw the Oklahoma Sooners win a fifth straight Big 12 championship, the 13th in the program’s history with their first title coming in 2000. So it should come as no surprise to see that the Sooners are once again the preseason betting favorite at -110 to win the Big 12 in 2020.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has listed Oklahoma as the favorite at -110 followed by Texas at +300, Oklahoma State at +400, Iowa State at +1200 and Baylor at +1400 to round out the top five teams on the oddsboard.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the 2020 Big 12 championship:

2020 Big 12 Championship Betting Odds
Oklahoma Sooners-110
Texas Longhorns+300
Oklahoma State Cowboys+400
Iowa State Cyclones+1200
Baylor Bears+1400
TCU Horned Frogs+2000
Kansas State Wildcats+2500
Texas Tech Red Raiders+3300
West Virginia Mountaineers+5000
Kansas Jayhawks+25000

Odds as of April 28 at BetOnline

Why Is Oklahoma The Favorite?

Oklahoma has been the cream of the crop for the last half of the decade, making three straight College Football Playoff appearances and four overall since 2015. This Sooners team is going to be quite young, though, and the quarterback situation is unclear. Neither Tanner Mordecai nor Spencer Rattler has made a start and both got on the field only in garbage time last season. Additionally, safety valve wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was taken in the NFL draft and his departure leaves a big hole in the offense.

Despite their youth, Rattler is the third player found on the Heisman Trophy oddsboard and the Sooners as a whole are the sixth team on the oddsboard to win the national title. Oklahoma did a solid job recruiting, bringing in the 11th-best class for 2020, including the top-rated junior college prospect in the nation, defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey.

No doubt head coach Lincoln Riley will have his hands full, but if he can get this young, talented team to reach its potential, a sixth straight title could be on the horizon.

Which Team Is Providing Better Value Than Oklahoma?

You don’t have to look far down the odds table to see the team that I think is providing better value than the Sooners. That is the Texas Longhorns at +300, second on the oddsboard.

I liked Texas a lot last year but it had a really young defense that definitely needed some time to grow. Well, one year removed, I anticipate the Longhorns being stout on that side of the ball. As well, quarterback Sam Ehlinger returns for his senior year and junior running back Keaontay Ingram joins him in the backfield. Texas has the ninth-best recruiting class for 2020, including top-ranked running back Bijan Robinson and second-ranked SDE Alfred Collins.

Assuming the Longhorns take a step forward, this team is providing the best value to win the Big 12 in 2020.

How to Read Big 12 Championship Odds

When you visit an NCAAF sportsbook, you’ll see futures odds displayed like this:

Oklahoma Sooners -120

Texas Longhorns +400

Iowa State Cyclones +1200

The team with the minus sign (-) is the favorite. The rest are underdogs. You can tell this because of the plus signs (+). In cases where there is no clear fave (no minus sign), the team with the lowest odds would be it. If you think it’s Oklahoma’s championship to win, a successful $100 bet would give you a payout of $183.33 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $83.33. On the other hand, if you believe Iowa State is going to put on a show, that same $100 gets you $1,300 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winning loot of $1,200.

If you are going to bet on dogs, do your research. When oddsmakers set the odds, they look at past performance and roster moves. In college football, players graduate and can leave huge voids in the lineup. This isn’t to say that you should never bet on underdogs, but be wary. They come with a bigger payout but there’s more risk associated. Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount wagered.

What is a College Football Conference Futures Bet?

A futures bet is a wager on events that will happen in time, often weeks or months in advance. Here, you would be betting on a school’s odds to win the Big 12 championship. Oddsmakers set the lines before the season starts and adjust them the closer we get to bowl time. As teams rise and fall in the standings, so will their odds. If you see action you like, it’s best to take it early before the line moves so much you’re not getting any value on the odds.