The Big 12 not only saw a team make the College Football Playoff in 2022, but TCU managed to win a game in the playoff to reach the national championship game. This season, we aren’t likely to see the same performance from the Horned Frogs, but there is some hype surrounding the traditional powers in this conference. Here, we take a look at the 2023 Big 12 championship betting odds and break down the field as this conference looks to produce another playoff participant.
Big 12 Football Championship Odds
Early in the 2023 college football season, the favorites to win the Big 12 are the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners. Texas comes into this season with a Heisman Trophy favorite at quarterback in Quinn Ewers. So far, Ewers has lived up to the hype, as have the Longhorns as a whole. They scored a non-conference win over Alabama early in the season, and they are now in position to make the College Football Playoff if they keep winning.
Oklahoma is off to a strong start as well, as their defense appears to be much-improved from last season’s unit. Their offense will need to play at a higher level in conference play than it did last year, but the early improvement of the defense is very encouraging for this squad under a defensive-minded head coach in Brent Venables.
Beyond the Longhorns and Sooners, there are several teams that cannot be counted out as they look to upset the natural order of things in the Big 12. The Kansas State Wildcats won this conference last season, handing TCU their only loss prior to the national championship game, and they are being shown plenty of respect by oddsmakers this season as well. Kansas has also impressed early this year, though that is not expected to continue when they play the tougher teams in this league.
There will, of course, be some added intrigue this season in the Big 12. BYU, Cincinnati, UCF, and Houston are now members of this conference. None of them are being given much of a chance to make a run at the Big 12 title. But Cincinnati and UCF have both put together monster seasons in the recent past, and will aim to do so again now that they are Power 5 schools.
Big 12 Championship Betting & Handicapping
This college football season, the hype surrounding Texas feels justified after their performance on the road against Alabama. The defense of the Longhorns was especially impressive in that game, and the Longhorns are now fully justified as the favorites to win this conference. But every week will be a test for Texas going forward, as they are going to get every team’s best shot the rest of the way.
Particularly intriguing this season will be the Kansas State Wildcats. The defending Big 12 champions have quarterback Will Howard back for this season, which should make up for the loss of Deuce Vaughn at running back to the NFL. Even after a non-conference loss to Missouri on a 61-yard field goal, the Wildcats have a fighting chance once conference play gets up and running.
Big 12 Championship History
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Big 12 Championship Wins
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