Big 12 Predictions and Best Bets – November 7, 2020

| November 5, 2020 1:21 pm PDT

If you like making Big 12 predictions and enjoy betting football online, Saturday’s schedule is right in your wheelhouse.

  • West Virginia vs. Texas
  • Kansas vs. Oklahoma
  • Texas Tech vs. TCU
  • Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State
  • Baylor vs. Iowa State

Every member of the Big 12 will be in action on November 7th. The race to the top of the standings is now wide open thanks to Texas upending Oklahoma State last weekend. With that being said, the Cowboys remain as the only-one loss team in the conference. 

Perhaps that’s about to change.

Let’s preview each game and get to my top Big 12 picks.

West Virginia vs. Texas Predictions

  • West Virginia to beat Texas
  • Predicted Total: 52-56 points

This one should be a dandy. Texas heads home to Austin after the aforementioned victory in Stillwater, and there’s no doubt Tom Herman’s group is picking up some momentum.

The issue is there’s even more pressure on Sam Ehlinger now that top running back Keaontay Ingram has been ruled out.

The Mountaineers defense is among the most ferocious in the country and is riding some positive vibes of their own (spanked 16th-ranked Kansas State last weekend). I like Neal Brown and his crew’s chances of pulling off the upset, although taking the points is the much safer play.

More insight into my West Virginia vs. Texas pick can be found here.

Kansas vs. Oklahoma Predictions

  • Oklahoma to beat Kansas
  • Predicted Total: 60-64 points

There’s not a lot to say here other than expect Spencer Rattler to put on a show. The redshirt freshman is averaging over 300 passing yards per game and has been slicing up opposing secondaries as of late.

Not only are the Jayhawks 0-6 and the laughing stock of the Big 12, but they’re also 0-6 against the spread. In fact, Les Miles’ squad is the only NCAAF team in America that has played more than two games and is yet to cover a spread.

That should tell you about all you need to know about this Big 12 prediction.

Texas Tech vs. TCU Predictions

  • TCU to beat Texas Tech
  • Predicted Total: 55-59 points

Despite giving up 62 points to Oklahoma on Halloween, the Red Raiders defense held Spencer Rattler to 288 passing yards. That’s well below their Big 12-worst 339.2 passing yards/game they are allowing in 2020.

I bring this up because TCU sophomore QB Max Duggan looks like he’s finally getting more comfortable in Gary Patterson’s offense. Zero interceptions over his last four games plus he’s armed with a running game that knows how to milk the clock at home. 

I like the Horned Frogs to win this game, but the under is the bet I’ll be targeting. More on that later.

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State Predictions

  • Oklahoma State to beat Kansas State
  • Predicted Total: 45-49 points

The Cowboys upcoming game in Manhattan won’t be a walk in the park. The Wildcats were stifled last weekend in Morgantown and will be looking for some revenge on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The matchup I’m intrigued to see most is 5’5” Deuce Vaughn trying to get outside the tackles against what is a resolute Oklahoma State front seven. Vaughn may be small in stature, but he’s also the highest-graded true freshman offensive player in the nation according to PFF College.

In the end, the balance of Mike Gundy’s offense will likely be too much for Kansas State to overcome. However, 12.5 points seems a bit much considering the Wildcats are in line for a rebound performance.

Baylor vs. Iowa State Predictions

  • Iowa State to beat Baylor
  • Predicted Total: 47-51 points

The Bears are reeling, losers of three straight games as they traverse Ames in hopes of stopping the bleeding. Charlie Brewer simply hasn’t played up to snuff.

To be fair, Brock Purdy isn’t knocking anyone’s socks off, but he’s at least guiding the Iowa State offense to over 433 yards per game. Baylor’s offense clocks in at just 300.5 yards/game.

The one saving grace for those seeking Big 12 predictions is that the Bears are yet to get blown out. All three of their losses were by 11 points or less, and I don’t believe the Cyclones have enough ammunition to run away and hide. 

Big 12 Picks for November 7

  • West Virginia (+7) -125
  • Texas Tech vs. TCU (Under 61.5) -110
  • Baylor (+14) -110

The way I see it, Neal Brown has too much firepower on defense to let Texas get too far ahead. While the Longhorns offense will be relying on one player to carry the load – the Mountaineers defense is loaded with guys poised to have an impact.

Henry Colombi and Max Duggan are serviceable, but let’s not mistake them for big-time quarterbacks. During TCU’s last two home games, we saw a total of 47 points and 35 points scored, respectively. We’ve seen 47 and 52 points scored, respectively, in each of the last two Red Raiders away games. In other words, I think 61.5 is too high of a total in this particular spot.

Last but not least, Baylor hasn’t been very good, but getting two touchdowns against a two-loss Iowa State team is worthy of consideration. If you happen to catch this line at Bears +14.5, don’t waste too much time and lock it in right away.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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 on football, basketball, and baseball.

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