The latest odds for the Big 12 championship have been released, and Las Vegas once again has picked Oklahoma as the favorite.
The Sooners are favored at 4-5 to win the conference in 2017, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Oklahoma State has the next-best odds at 3-1, and Texas is third at 7-2. Kansas State rounds out the top 4 at 6-1.
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The odds address who will win the newly reinstated championship game. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the standings will play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 2 to determine the conference champion.
Oklahoma remains the favorite, despite the retirement of coach Bob Stoops and the loss of some key pieces on offense in Dede Westbrook, Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine. ESPN’s Football Power Index agrees with Vegas, giving the Sooners’ the third-highest chance of any team in the country to go undefeated.
Oklahoma State finished second in the Big 12 last season at 10-3. The Cowboys come into this season with higher expectations since they return most of their core group on offense.
Texas has the third-best odds after hiring former Houston coach Tom Herman after the 2016 season. Herman’s success with the Cougars and the Longhorns’ talented roster has many people bullish on their chances this season. Meanwhile, Kansas State brings back starting quarterback Jesse Ertz and some key players on defense.
The media’s Big 12 preseason poll is set to be released this week ahead of the conference media days on July 17 and 18.