Given Vegas’ release of the college football odds for the upcoming 2019 season, this article takes a look at how the teams in the Big 12 stack up against one another.
Oklahoma Sooners, -125
The Oklahoma Sooners have won the last four Big 12 titles and are widely favored to win their 5th straight this season. Who says they won’t do it again? The Sooners’ explosive offense will feature some fresh faces after the departure of Heisman winner Kyler Murray and 4 of their starting linemen. This is not too concerning as head coach Lincoln Riley will make sure that the offense remains elite now that graduate transfer Jalen Hurts has the ball in his hands.
Texas Longhorns, +250
According to the oddsmakers in Vegas, the Longhorns are just slightly behind the Sooners in the race for the conference’s top spot. Texas is going to have to replace several key players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, but head coach Tom Herman has worked to elevate the program, and there will be plenty of talent ready to step up this season. Rising Junior Sam Ehlinger looks poised to cement himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in college. The one downside is that the Longhorns’ success this season will be predicated on Ehlinger’s ability to stay on the field.
Iowa State Cyclones: +1200
The Cyclones are definitely not receiving the same publicity as the Sooners and the Longhorns, but they are the next best team in terms of the conference pecking order. Head coach Matt Campbell has the program on an upward trajectory. Led by Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy and a promising defense, Iowa State looks ready to make another run at a bowl game in 2019. However, the Cyclones have to replace their two best skill players in wide receiver Hakeem Butler and running back David Montgomery, who each departed for the NFL.
West Virginia Mountaineers: +1200
Head coach Neal Brown is approaching his new job with optimism and the Mountaineer faithful is equally optimistic about their new coach. So far, Brown has been able to inspire the West Virginia fan base by bringing in transfers Kendall and Alston, but even high profile additions might not be enough to compete for a conference championship. As the 2019 nears, look for the Mountaineers’ inexperienced offensive line and receiving corps to face some struggles, but their new coach should be able to right the ship as they make a push for the postseason.
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