2013 Futures Odds to Win the Big 12
College Football Betting Trends- 2013 Futures Odds to Win the Big 12
We are closing-in on the two month mark from the start of the 2013 college football season as we continue to take a closer look at BetOnline’s futures odds for teams to win their conference for all of the Majors. This week, College Football Betting Trends has its sights set on the top four teams in the Big 12 to win it all in 2013.
The Oddsmakers are expecting a tight race for the Big 12 title with four teams all closely bunched at the top of the list. The Oklahoma State Cowboys appear to be the ‘best of the best’ in the conference at +265 to win the title. They struggled to a 5-4 record in the Big 12 and went just 8-5 overall, but they were the seventh-best passing team in the nation and ranked third in points per game with 45.7.
The Cowboys return just 15 starters from last year’s squad so there will be plenty of new faces on both sides of the ball. It appears that senior quarterback Clint Chelf will get the start on opening day but he did split time last season with JW Walsh, who is back as well. The real concern for Oklahoma State heading into the 2013 season is tightening-up a defense that gave-up an average of 28.2 points a game. It cannot simply rely on its offense to outscore the better teams they will face.
The second-favorite to win the Big 12 this season at +280 is the Texas Longhorns. It has been a couple of down seasons for one of the perennial favorites to win this conference after going all the way to the BCS title game in 2009, but confidence is running high that this is the season this program returns to the top of the heap. They finished the 2012 season with a 5-4 record in Big 12 play and 9-4 overall.
The reason for such optimism is the return of 10 starters on offense and nine starters on defense. Running backs’ Johnathan Grey and Joe Bergeron are both back after combining for 1,268 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. David Ash should start the season at quarterback but Case McCoy remains a viable backup. The main area that Texas needs to address is a defense that allowed an average of 29.2 points a game, which contributed heavily to last season’s four losses.
The TCU Horned Frogs made quite a splash in their Big 12 debut at the beginning of last season with a 5-1 start, but things became completely unglued from there with just two victories in their last seven games to finish 4-5 in conference play and 7-6 overall. They have been opened as +350 third-favorites to stay competitive the entire season this time around and win the Big 12.
TCU is another team that has quite a few faces back from last year’s team especially on defense with 10 of 11 starters back in the fold. Sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin will need to improve upon his 57.2 completion percentage as well as a ratio of 15 touchdowns to 10 interceptions if the Horned Frogs are going to successfully move the ball through the air. The real strength of this team could be keeping opponents off the scoreboard after allowing an average of 22.6 points a game last season.
The Oklahoma Sooners have been opened at +380 to win the title. They tied Kansas State last season at 8-1 in Big 12 play and went 10-3 overall, but missed out on winning the Big 12 outright by virtue of an early season 24-19 loss to the Wildcats that proved to be the tie-breaker.
Bob Stoops’ Sooners return just 12 starters from that team so there will be holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Blake Bell is slated to replace Landry Jones at quarterback and Jalen Saunders should become the primary target in the passing game in place of Kenny Stills. The good news for the running game is that All-Conference fullback Trey Millard as decided to return for his senior year.
The odds to win the conference title for the rest of the teams in the Big 12 are Baylor at +1500, Kansas State at +1800, Texas Tech at +2000, West Virginia at +2500, Iowa State at +3500 and Kansas at +7500.
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