October 10, 2012

Big 12 Football Week 7 Handicapping Guide

One of the newest members of the Big 12 is currently at the top of the heap in the conference at No.4 in nation in the latest AP poll. West Virginia’s victory over Texas this past week vaulted the Mountaineers into the top five while dropping the Longhorns to No.15. Kansas State keeps winning and is now ranked No. 5with No.13 Oklahoma the only other team in the conference still in the top25. TCU dropped out of the polls after losing to Iowa State last Saturday.

The following is a look at a few of the top matchups this week in the Big 12 along with the opening spreads as provided by WagerWeb.

No.15 Texas Longhorns vs. No.13 Oklahoma Sooners (-3)

Texas needs to quickly rebound from last week’s three-point loss as a 7.5-point home favorite with a trip to the Cotton Bowl on the slate for Saturday in this annual rivalry game. The Longhorns are now 4-1 straight-up on the year and 3-2 against the spread. The total has gone OVER in their last three games.

The Sooners bounced-back from a stunning 24-19 loss to Kansas State as 15.5-point home favorites in Week 4 with a 41-20 pasting of Texas Tech last Saturday as four-point favorites on the road. They are now 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS. The total went OVER for the first time in Oklahoma’s last six games dating back to last season.

The Longhorns have lost the last two meetings both SU and ATS but have a slight 4-3 SU (4-2-1 ATS) in the last seven games of this heated rivalry. The total has gone OVER in three of the last four meetings. Texas is 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight neutral-site games while Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS in its last five.

No.5 Kansas State Wildcats (-7) vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Kansas State’s 56-16 romp over in-state rival Kansas last Saturday as a 24.5-point home favorite raised its record to 5-0 SU and a profitable 4-1 ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of its last four games. The Wildcats have now won eight of their last nine games overall going back to early November of last season.

Iowa State would most likely break into the top 25 with a SU win in this game. It is 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) on the season with upsets over Tulsa, Iowa, and now TCU. The Cyclones only setback was a 24-13 loss to Texas Tech as one-point underdogs at home. The total has stayed UNDER in two of its last three games.

The Wildcats have won the last four meetings SU and seven of the last 10 SU, but Iowa State is 3-2 ATS in the last five. The Cyclones covered as 10-point road underdogs in last season’s 30-23 loss. The total in this series has stayed UNDER in four of the last six games.

No.4 West Virginia Mountaineers (-5) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

West Virginia’s 5-0 SU (2-3 ATS) start has been fueled by a passing offense that is averaging 406.8 yards a game and an overall offense that is putting-up an average of 52 points a game. The Mountaineers have failed to cover the spread in three of their last four games and the total has gone OVER in three of the last four.

Texas Tech’s four-game winning streak came to an end last Saturday against the Sooners. It is now 4-1 this season both SU and ATS. The total went OVER in the loss to Oklahoma, but did stay UNDER in its previous two games.

This will be the first ever meeting between these two teams. The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games on the road, but the Red Raiders are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS loss. They are also 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a double-digit loss at home. The total has gone OVER in six of the Mountaineers’ last eight road games.

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Dave Schwab

DJ is a freelance writer that concentrates on his true passion in life; the world of sports. He produces a number of articles each week for BangTheBook.com as well as a select group of other websites that specialize in providing the most up-to-date information for the sports gaming industry. His goal is to write insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player.

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