The Big 12 was skunked in the inaugural College Football Playoff party last season. If you look at the 2015 CFB National Championship odds, that trend will not likely repeat.
TCU and Baylor open the season both as top 5 ranked teams in all of the major polls. They are also heavy favorites to win the Big 12 and National Championship.
It’s time to go on the record with my odds to win the Big 12 betting analysis. Find out who else is in the hunt.
2015 Odds to Win the Big 12 Championship
(Last year: 12-1, beat Ole Miss in Peach Bowl)
TCU (12-1 SU, 11-2 ATS) got the shaft in its bid for a berth in the first-ever BCS four-team playoffs, but I believe the Horned Frogs will be right back in the hunt this coming season. Dual-threat Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Trevone Boykin leads the nation’s second-highest scoring offense (46.5 ppg) from a year ago.
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(Last year: 11-2, lost to Michigan State in Cotton Bowl)
The Bears (11-2 SU, 7-5-1 ATS) will have to overcome the loss of strong-armed quarterback Bryce Petty, but Art Briles has built a perennial title contender in Waco and one that averaged a whopping 48.2 points per game last season (first).
(Last year: 8-5, lost to Clemson in Russell Athletic Bowl)
Oklahoma (8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS) failed miserably a year ago – and apparently will be going with a new starting quarterback after watching Travis Knight struggle all season long in 2014.
Oklahoma State +500
(Last year: 7-6, beat Washington in Cactus Bowl)
Oklahoma State (7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS) has eight starters returning on both sides of the ball in 2015, although the Cowboys will have to find a suitable replacement for quarterback Dax Garman.
(Last year: 6-7, lost to Arkansas in Texas Bowl)
Texas (6-7 SU, 7-6 ATS) and second-year head coach Charlie Strong will go only as far as their starting quarterback takes them in 2015 – and if you saw quarterback Tyrone Swoopes last season, then you’ve got to have big-time doubts about the Longhorns.
Kansas State +1000
(Last year: 9-4, lost to UCLA in Alamo Bowl)
The Wildcats (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS) need to find their replacement for quarterback Jake Waters while also finding replacements for a pair of wide receivers that both topped the 1,000-yard plateau in 2014.
West Virginia +1300
(Last year: 7-6, lost to Texas A&M in Liberty Bowl)
West Virginia (7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS) returns 15 players from last season’s team but the Mountaineers also lost some instrumental players from last season’s seven-win team.
Texas Tech +2000
(Last year: 4-8)
The Red Raiders (4-8 SU, 6-6 ATS) sank to four wins in 2014 and have a serious uphill battle just to get back to being respectable in 2015.
Iowa State +2000
(Last year: 2-10)
Iowa State (2-10 SU, 4-7-1 ATS) needs to upgrade a defense that allowed a whopping 38.8 points per game a year ago (118th) and gave up a whopping 55 in their season-ending loss to TCU.
(Last year: 3-9)
There wasn’t much good news for the Jayhawks (3-9 SU, 5-7 ATS) last season and I just don’t see them improving very much in 2015 with so many holes on both sides of the ball.