The College Football season looms over us and is coming quickly. KnupSports is eyeing each conference and looking at the schedules and predicting their season. It’s time to look in on the Big 12 Conference and their schedules.


Big 12 College Football Odds and Preview


The Big 12 Conference is always one that brings a lot of offense to its games. They tend to have 3 or 4 teams every year that are in the top 15 teams in the nation. Let’s take a look at the odds to win the conference and then a short preview of each Big 12 team. 


ODDS to Win Big 12


Oklahoma -125

Texas +250

Iowa State +1000

Oklahoma State +1600

Baylor +2500

TCU +1800

West Virginia +1000

Texas Tech +2500

Kansas State +4000

Kansas  +5000


The Big 12 has been dominated by Oklahoma in college football with four titles in a row. The thing about this season is that Kyler Murray is gone. Their Heisman trophy winner has gone to the professional ranks, Shouldn’t that be a concern?


Coach Lincoln Riley prepared for this day. Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts transferred over to the Sooners and his ability level has him in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy this year. Also, Oklahoma hired a new defensive coordinator to rectify the few issues they had. The only thing missing for the Sooners is a national championship. 


Nipping at their heels will be the Texas Longhorns as coach Tom Herman will count on quarterback Sam Ehlinger to run the offense and stay healthy all year. His favorite target this year will be Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay. The running game has never been an important part of the game for coach Riley but he will have Keaontay Ingram and newcomer Jordan Whittington. 


Further behind but gaining round we find the Iowa State Hawkeyes who look at e the clear third favorite in the Big 12 conference. Head coach Matt Campbell looks to be bowl bound again with sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy running the offensive show. Several key receivers are gone to the NFL but look for Kene Nwangwu and freshman Breece Hall can get the job done. The tight end position is loaded with big targets that many teams will have trouble matching up with in Charlie Kolar and Chase Allen at 6’6” and 6’7”.


The next level of this conference has three teams winning enough games to become bowl eligible. The Oklahoma State Cowboys will look for junior tight end Tyler Wallace to continue his great year as he caught 86 passes for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns. He will be fed the ball from quarterback Spencer Sanders who must learn quickly to keep this team above the .500 mark.


The Baylor Bears coach Matt Ruhle will be entering his third season and it is imperative for them to get to a bowl game this year. He will count on quarterback Charlie Brewer who kept getting better. Last season he passed for 3,019 yards and 19 touchdowns. Denzel Mims will continue to be his favorite target. 


Texas Christian University will have to learn quickly with some uncertainty at the quarterback spot but it appears that Alex Denton will get the first chance. They will depend on the speed and size of their defense to cause problems long enough to win games. Coach Gary Patterson is 167-63 in 6 years so he is likely to be prepared.  


West Virginia Mountaineers have a new coach and a tough schedule this season but will have a defense to rely on.


The Texas Tech Red Raiders could surprise some teams and go beyond their 5-7 projection as quarterback Alan Bowman is getting better and four starters return on the offensive line. But a new coach brings in a new system.


Kansas State Wildcats also has a new coach and must replace the long-time shoes of Bill Snyder. This team can get better is quarterback Skylar Thompson shows development.


Holding up the bottom will be the Kansas Jayhawks and new coach Les Miles. This will be an interesting season in Lawrence. If the fan base can be patient, things will improve for them. One bright spot is that running back Pooka Williams has been cleared to play. 



Projected Big 12 Record

1 Oklahoma 7-2

2 Texas 7-2

3 Iowa State 6-3

4 Oklahoma State 5-4

5 Baylor 5-4

6 TCU 5-4

7 West Virginia 4-5

8 Texas Tech 3-6

9 Kansas State 3-6

10 Kansas 0-9


Big 12 Championship Game

Oklahoma over Texas


Big 12 Composite Schedule


Friday, August 30

  1. Oklahoma State at Oregon State


Saturday, August 31

  1. Houston at Oklahoma
  2. Louisiana Tech at Texas
  3. James Madison at West Virginia
  4. Northern Iowa at Iowa State
  5. Montana State at Texas Tech
  6. Indiana State at Kansas
  7. Nicholls at Kansas State
  8. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU


Saturday, September 7

  1. LSU at Texas
  2. West Virginia at Missouri
  3. Bowling Green at Kansas State
  4. UTEP at Texas Tech
  5. Coastal Carolina at Kansas
  6. South Dakota at Oklahoma
  7. McNeese State at Oklahoma State


Friday, September 13

  1. Kansas at Boston College


Saturday, September 14

  1. Oklahoma at UCLA
  2. NC State at West Virginia
  3. TCU at Purdue
  4. Iowa at Iowa State
  5. Texas Tech at Arizona
  6. Kansas State at Mississippi State
  7. Oklahoma State at Tulsa
  8. Texas vs. Rice (in Houston)


Saturday, September 21

  1. Oklahoma State at Texas
  2. West Virginia at Kansas
  3. SMU at TCU
  4. Baylor at Rice
  5. ULM at Iowa State


Saturday, September 28

  1. Texas Tech at Oklahoma
  2. Iowa State at Baylor
  3. Kansas State at Oklahoma State
  4. Kansas at TCU


Saturday, October 5

  1. Texas at West Virginia
  2. TCU at Iowa State
  3. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
  4. Baylor at Kansas State
  5. Oklahoma at Kansas


Saturday, October 12

  1. Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)
  2. Iowa State at West Virginia
  3. Texas Tech at Baylor


Thursday, October 17

  1. TCU at Kansas State


Saturday, October 19

  1. West Virginia at Oklahoma
  2. Baylor at Oklahoma State
  3. Iowa State at Texas Tech
  4. Kansas at Texas


Saturday, October 26

  1. Texas at TCU
  2. Oklahoma State at Iowa State
  3. Oklahoma at Kansas State
  4. Texas Tech at Kansas


Thursday, October 31

  1. West Virginia at Baylor


Saturday, November 2

  1. TCU at Oklahoma State
  2. Kansas State at Kansas


Saturday, November 9

  1. Iowa State at Oklahoma
  2. Baylor at TCU
  3. Kansas State at Texas
  4. Texas Tech at West Virginia


Saturday, November 16

  1. Texas at Iowa State
  2. Oklahoma at Baylor
  3. TCU at Texas Tech
  4. West Virginia at Kansas State
  5. Kansas at Oklahoma State


Saturday, November 23

  1. TCU at Oklahoma
  2. Oklahoma State at West Virginia
  3. Texas at Baylor
  4. Kansas State at Texas Tech
  5. Kansas at Iowa State


Friday, November 29

  1. West Virginia at TCU
  2. Texas Tech at Texas


Saturday, November 30

  1. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
  2. Iowa State at Kansas State
  3. Baylor at Kansas