July 27th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
Entering the 2011 College Football season, there is most definitely one team in the Big XII that has set itself above the rest, at least in terms of preseason hype and expectations of a possible BCS title.
The Oklahoma Sooners will be the likely choice for the preseason No.1 spot in the rankings when they come out in the coming weeks, due to the talent that they return at many of the positions. They are the favorite to win the BCS Championship on futures odds on online sportsbooks, as well as an overwhelming favorite inside the Big XII Conference to capture that title.
Of course, the shape of the Big XII Conference will look quite different in 2011 than it has since forming in the mid 1990’s.
For one, there are not 12 teams.
With the Nebraska Cornhuskers jetting to the Big Ten, and the Colorado Buffaloes moving to the new Pac 12, the division in the Big XII conference evaporated to form just one conference set. As such, there will be no conference championship game. Instead, each team will play an extra conference game, meaning that every team in the Big XII will match up against one another.
As far as oddsmakers are concerned, Oklahoma might not be challenged by more than a few teams for the conference championship.
The Sooners have been installed at 4/9 on current Big XII Conference Odds at Bodog Sportsbook, well ahead of their nearest competitor. For every $9 wagered on the Sooners to win the Big XII, a profit of $4 is made.
To put that into perspective, the Texas A&M Aggies, the second-favorite in the Big XII, have been set at 5/1. That means for every $1 wagered on the Aggies to win the conference crown, a $5 profit is made.
Following the top-two, the Texas Longhorns will try and rebound from a losing season a year ago, coming in with odds at 13/2 on Bodog Sportsbook.
Big XII Conference Odds – Courtesy Of Bodog Sportsbook
Texas A&M 5/1
Oklahoma State 9/1
Texas Tech 20/1
Kansas State 35/1
Iowa State 100/1