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Odds To Win Big 12 Championship: Two-Horse Race Between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State

Spencer Rattler and the Oklahoma Sooners lead NCAAF Big 12 Championship Odds.

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 betting favorite at +140 to win the Big 12 in 2020.

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Online sportsbook BetOnline has listed Oklahoma as the favorite at +140, followed by Oklahoma State (+225), Iowa State (+400) and Texas (+450).

Big 12 Has A Different Look in 2020

Due to travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big 12 joins the rest of the NCAA football conferences in playing an interconference-heavy schedule in 2020. The league is playing a 10-game season, with its normal nine-game round-robin schedule along with one additional non-conference game for every club.

The Big 12 championship game is scheduled to take place on December 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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+140
Oklahoma State Cowboys+225
Iowa State Cyclones+400
Texas Longhorns+450
Kansas State Wildcats+600
TCU Horned Frogs+4000
West Virginia Mountaineers+5000
Baylor Bears+15000
Texas Tech Red Raiders+50000

Odds as of October 28 at BetOnline

Oklahoma Remains The Team To Beat

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. Despite not even being the top-ranked team in their conference, the Sooners remain the betting favorite to win the Big 12 at +140.

Quarterback Spencer Rattler has played decently in four starts, with the team going 2-2 and the two losses coming against ranked teams in Kansas State and Iowa State. The biggest win of the season came at home a few weeks ago against Texas in a 53-45 four-overtime thriller.

Oklahoma has been close in all of its games. In the two defeats, the Sooners lost by a combined 10 points. Their biggest game of the season comes on November 21 when they take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. It is expected the Sooners will win their next three games leading up to the latest chapter in the Bedlam Series, which will determine which team will stay in contention for the Big 12 championship.

Head coach Lincoln Riley deserves a lot of credit for what he has accomplished so far in this early part of the season with a very young roster. He will have his hands full the rest of the way, but if he can get this talented team to reach its potential, a sixth straight title could be in the cards.

Oklahoma State Provides Best Value

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 Oklahoma State Cowboys at +225, second on the oddsboard.

The Cowboys, eighth in the odds to win the national title, are off to a perfect 4-0 start and got their biggest win of the season last week against the Iowa State Cyclones. Running back Chuba Hubbard led the way with 139 yards and a score on the ground, and the defense played solid throughout, holding Iowa State to just 21 points.

Hubbard’s performance last Saturday vaulted him to seventh on the Heisman Trophy oddsboard. As Hubbard goes, so does the team, and they will need their star running back to continue to produce, especially in the next three games. The Cowboys face Texas, Kansas State and Oklahoma within a month and their entire season will surely ride on how well they do in those games.

If head coach Mike Gundy can keep this team playing the way it is, it won’t be the team from Oklahoma with the last name Sooners in the Big 12 championship, it will be the Cowboys.

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How to Read Big 12 Championship Odds

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

Oklahoma Sooners +140

Iowa State Cyclones +400

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 $240 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $140. On the other hand, if you believe Iowa State is going to put on a show, that same $100 gets you $500 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winning loot of $400.

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.