College Gridiron Report - The Big 12

From the Jim Hurley Network Staff
Contributing Sportsbook Editor

The Associated Press Top 25 came out Sunday and - as you might have noticed-there were a pair of Big 12 teams listed among the top 10 with Oklahoma at #4 and Baylor at #10, but something tells us the Big 12 team ranked #20 will be a really big story this year.

No. 20 Kansas State is always a "live item" to win it all with venerable head coach Bill Snyder running the show and this year the QB/WR combo of Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett could make major noise for a team that normally prefers to run the football and chew up clock/yards that way.

We?ve seen some mention that Kansas State is "overrated" but check out the Wildcats' schedule and you?ll note that they host national champ runner-up Auburn on Thursday, Sept. 18th (that?s 12 days to prep for this game) and only a road game at mighty Oklahoma is the only other thing keeping the K-State ?Cats from a possible 10-1 SU (straight-up) start.

Maybe the aforementioned Snyder bags another Big 12 Coach of the Year award or maybe Oklahoma?s Bob Stoops and Company wins it all and he gets those honors but the fact of the matter is the kids from the "Little Apple" in Manhattan have a great shot to write history this fall and what would you do to have a Kansas State vs. Alabama or K-State vs. Oregon clash in the CFP (College Football Playoffs) this winter? Yummy!


Folks, let's take a step back and see what the Big 12 teams did last year spreadwise with overall and conference pointspread marks listed below...

Baylor            9-4-0  .692     7-2-0   .778
Kansas St.        8-5-0  .615     6-3-0   .667
Oklahoma          8-5-0  .615     4-5-0   .444
Okla. St.         8-5-0  .615     6-3-0   .667
Iowa St.          6-6-0  .500     5-4-0   .556
Texas             6-7-0  .462     5-4-0   .556
Texas Tech        6-7-0  .462     3-6-0   .333
Kansas            4-8-0  .333     4-5-0   .444
TCU               4-8-0  .333     3-6-0   .333
West Virginia     3-9-0  .250     3-6-0   .333
Big 12 Pointspread Notes - Maybe no great surprise that last year the Big 12 champion Baylor Bears ruled the roost with a .692 overall winning rate among teams in this 10-team league and note the Waco crew was a Big 12-best 7-2 versus the vig in conference play but the semi-shocker had to be West Virginia?s rotten 3-9 ATS (against the spread) mark in Year Two of this conference as Dana Holgorsen?s squad was a crummy 0-3 ATS as Big 12 betting favorites and even failed to cover the bloated 30-point Las Vegas price at Baylor back on Oct. 5th as the Bears prevailed by 31...that was Baylor 73, West Virginia 42.

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