Oklahoma resides as the overwhelming betting favorite in the Big 12 heading into 2020. Armed with five consecutive Big 12 Conference titles, the Sooners are the cream of the crop in this conference and among the top college football teams in the country.
The question is, can anyone in the Big 12 catch them?
Texas has a ton of talent in place, Oklahoma State has an incredibly potent offense, and Iowa State could be on the verge of becoming great.
Let’s dive into my Big 12 Conference football predictions for 2020 and see if any of these programs have enough to keep pace with the Sooners.
Big 12 Winner – Odds for 2020
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Are the top-ranked college football sportsbooks doing us a favor by letting us back Oklahoma to win the Big 12 by laying just -110? Or are they teasing us so we start firing some college football futures bets in?
Frankly, I wouldn’t have batted an eye had the Sooners been installed in the -160 range to capture their conference for a sixth straight year. Lincoln Riley has the experiences, he has the athletes, and the Oklahoma football schedule in 2020 is more than tolerable.
Speaking of Riley’s squad in Norman, there’s no other place to start when highlighting the contenders in the Big 12.
2019 Record: 12-2 (Lost in the Peach Bowl)
Best Player: Creed Humphrey, C
I mentioned the five straight Big 12 Conference titles, and how about three straight appearances in the College Football Playoff (CFP)? The Sooners are for real and will once again be a force to be reckoned with in 2020.
Jalen Hurts’ departure isn’t even necessarily a bad thing, although I’d warn the Sooners fan base not to get too acquainted with Tanner Mordecai.
Spencer Rattler is ready to take the nation by storm and is worth a serious look for anyone making a 2020 Heisman Trophy prediction. I might be getting a bit ahead of myself calling the redshirt freshman from Phoenix “Patrick Mahomes 2.0,” but the arm strength this kid possesses is totally off the charts.
Aside from having a fairly straightforward path during non-conference play, Oklahoma gets Baylor, Texas, and Oklahoma State all at “The Palace at the Prairie.” They may stub their toe once, but a minimum of 11 wins is to be expected.
2019 Record: 8-5 (Won the Alamo Bowl)
Best Player: Samuel Cosmi, OT
Tom Herman and the Longhorns took a step back in 2019, plus wideouts Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay have moved on to the NFL. The good news is dual-threat QB Sam Ehlinger is back under center, and offensive guru Mike Yurcich has arrived to start calling the plays.
Before you make Big 12 Conference football predictions in 2020, be aware that the latter could have substantial implications.
To fill you in on what recent college quarterbacks have accomplished while playing under Yurcich, just look at the video-game-like numbers Justin Fields tallied in 2019. Or the stats Mason Rudolph and Taylor Cornelius put up during their time at Oklahoma State. It’s pretty impressive stuff.
The Longhorns offense will need to ball out if they plan on getting off to a quick start. Texas travels to LSU on September 12th and faces the Sooners in the Red River Showdown on October 10th.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
2019 Record: 8-5 (Lost the Texas Bowl)
Best Player: Chuba Hubbard, RB
Instead of being high draft picks in 2020, both RB Chuba Hubbard and WR Tylan Wallace decided to return to Stillwater for one more season. This was music to the ears of quarterback Spencer Sanders — a rising sophomore who should explode in the upcoming year.
The key for the Cowboys making a run in the Big 12 is getting stops on defense and protecting their goal line in the red zone. Fortunately, Mike Gundy’s defense made big strides from 2018 to 2019 and should be even better in 2020.
Amen Ogbongbemiga will man the linebacking core while Kolby Harvell-Peel quietly emerges as one of the top playmaking safeties in America. An improved D combined with the best running back in the country sounds like a pretty good recipe for success.
With Oklahoma State’s regular-season win total sitting at 8.5 games at the “over” being available at +110, you might want to stop what you’re doing and head to BetOnline right away. Look for the Cowboys to win 9 or 10 games in 2020 — and possibly more.
Who Will Win the Big 12 in 2020?
I like the Cowboys as an up-and-coming team that could make some noise in 2020. Those looking for a Heisman Trophy sleeper to latch onto, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy is worth some consideration. As is Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, but to a lesser degree.
However, when it comes to betting on this conference and making a Big 12 football prediction, I’d be remiss if I didn’t endorse a wager on the Sooners. Texas and Oklahoma State should both win double-digit games and be right there, but I’m pumping the brakes on any talk of either of them overtaking OU.
Based on what Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts were able to achieve playing in the Oklahoma offense, I can’t wait to see what Spencer Rattler has in store.
As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.
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