Kansas Football Has Long Chance To Win Big 12 Conference | Jackson’s Diary
Vegas certainly doesn’t expect a miracle in the first year of the Lance Leipold era.
With the college football season just around the corner, Superbook recently released conference title odds for those who can place a bet in Nevada or Colorado. The chances were shared via Twitter Monday by Brett McMurphy, who is a college football insider for the Stadium Network.
Unsurprisingly, the Kansas soccer team is nowhere near winning the Big 12 crown. The Jayhawks, who have won no more than three games in a season since 2009, enter this year with an odds of 2,000/1 for. win the league.
Expect KU to have the greatest odds of winning the Big 12. Kansas have just finished a 0-9 campaign and finished last in the conference standings for six straight seasons.
The Jayhawks are also facing a drastic change in coaching, as Leipold only returned to the program after the Spring Prom was over. But it’s important to know how much longer KU odds are compared to the rest of the Big 12 teams.
Vegas expects a rematch in the Championship game, with Oklahoma having a 4/5 title shot and Iowa State at 12/5. In last year’s title game, Oklahoma won 27-21 over Iowa State for their sixth consecutive crown.
In its 2021 college football preview magazine, Pro Football Focus gives the Sooners a 60% chance of winning the Big 12 conference again. The PFF predicts the Cyclones will finish 11% at the top of the league standings this fall.
Texas, meanwhile, have the third-best odds after being rated at 10/1 to win it all in Steve Sarkisian’s first season at the helm. Per PFF, the Longhorns have a 10% chance of winning the league. They were also picked to finish third in the Big 12 preseason poll.
TCU (14/1), Oklahoma State, (25/1) and West Virginia (30/1) are the only teams left with odds of 30/1 or better. PFF likes Oklahoma State the best of those three teams, giving the Cowboys a 9% chance of winning the conference. TCU has a 3% chance of winning the league via PFF, while West Virginia has a 2%.
Baylor, Kansas State and Texas Tech are all in the same tier with an 80/1 odds to win the league on Superbook.
It seems foolish to put money on anyone other than the Sooners, but Texas or the state of Oklahoma would probably be the best bets given what tipsters expect from both teams.
If I had to pick one, I could actually take Texas even though the starting quarterback competition is uncertain. The Longhorns are set to make a jump with one of college football’s best attacking players as their head coach, and running back Bijan Robinson is one of the league’s best attacking players.
As for Kansas, I would never recommend betting on the Jayhawks – no matter the price – given the circumstances. That said, KU won’t have to wait long to potentially prove that the number shouldn’t have been that long to enter the year.
Kansas opens the championship with a home game against Baylor on September 18.
Superbook Odds of Winning Big 12
Oklahoma – 4/5
Iowa State – 12/5
Texas – 1/10
TCU – 14/1
Oklahoma State – 1/25
West Virginia – 30/1
Baylor – 80/1
Kansas State – 80/1
Texas Tech – 80/1
Kansas – 2,000/1