Best Early 2018 Big 12 Championship Odds
- Oklahoma +100
- Texas +160
- Oklahoma State +550
- West Virginia +650
- TCU +650
Top Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys +650In the NFL, it’s all about the quarterback on offense. If you don’t have a top quarterback, you’ll be in trouble. That’s because the talent on both sides of the football is pretty much even in the NFL save for the QB position. In college football, it’s all about the offensive line. If you don’t have a solid offensive line, you’ll be in trouble. That’s why even though Oklahoma State lost Mason Rudolph to the NFL, Mike Gundy will find a QB to have success similar to what Rudolph had. The reason? Gundy’s got a hugely experienced offensive line. He’s also got plenty of WR talent and a top running back. 7 starters return on defense. New defensive coordinator Jim Knowles plays a 4-2-5 scheme. That could work better with Oklahoma State’s personnel. The Cowboys are better positioned than almost anyone else to upset Oklahoma and Texas for the Big 12 Title.
Second Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +650The West Virginia Mountaineers should have one of the most explosive offenses in college football this season. QB Will Grier is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate while the offensive line is incredibly deep. Both of WVU’s starting tackles should play on Sundays. The biggest problem for WVU is how the defense will play after a terrible spring where starting nose tackle LaMont McDougle transferred. Adam Schuler, a potential defensive star DE, also transferred. We’re not worried. West Virginia might not need to play defense if the Mountaineers can score over 50 points per game. That’s exactly what will happen.
Super Dog Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +1600The Iowa State Cyclones have steadily built a strong program around great defensive play. That shouldn’t change this season. What could be new this season is Iowa State’s offense taking that huge step forward. The Cyclones’ offense returns 3 starters along the O-Line: guards Julian Good-Jones and Josh Nipfel, and tackle Bryce Meeker. That will allow excellent RB David Montgomery to find success. Montgomery finished last season third in the Big 12 in rushing yards. The defense returns a deep defensive line. A talented defensive line like Iowa State’s can cover any issues in the secondary. Don’t sleep on the Iowa State Cyclones getting it done this season.
- Top Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Second Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers
- Super Dog Pick: Iowa State Cyclones