The Las Vegas oddsmakers have updated their odds for conference titles for the upcoming college football season. And although the Baylor Bears are the defending Big 12 champions, Vegas does not have them as a favorite to repeat for the 2022 season.
Below is the list of Big 12 teams and their chances to capture the conference championship next season.
Oklahoma Sooners — +225
Texas Longhorns — +260
Baylor Bears — +500
Oklahoma State Cowboys — +770
Iowa State Cyclones — + 1165
Kansas State Wildcats — + 1340
TCU Horned Frogs — + 2000
Texas Tech Red Raiders — + 3000
West Virginia Mountaineers — + 4000
Kansas Jayhawkss — + 27,000
Vegas has given the Sooners the best odds to win the Big 12, narrowly edging out the Longhorns. The odds makers feel confident that despite losing star freshman quarterback Caleb Williams and one of last season’s Heisman Trophy hopefuls in Spencer Rattler that Oklahoma will still reign supreme over the conference.
Close behind the Sooners in their archrival Texas. The Longhorns had arguably one of the more impressive offseasons and utilized the transfer portal to its maximum potential. And with their additions, especially on offense, Texas looks prime to bounce back from their disappointing 2021 season.
Rounding out the top three is the reigning champs, Baylor. The Bears lost a few players to the NFL draft but still have the bulk of their team returning. However, the second biggest quarterback departure might belong to the Bears after last year’s starter Gerry Bohanon left, via the transfer portal, after Blake Shapen was named the team’s starter for next season.
The rest of the Big 12
Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and Kansas State are the next three in line and will attempt to position themselves to compete with the favorites of the conference. The most likely of those three is Oklahoma State, which had a legitimate chance at the College Football Playoff before falling to the Bears in the Big 12 championship game. Despite that loss, the Cowboys still ended up with a New Year Six bowl game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, where they had a spectacular come-from-behind victory.
The bottom four teams, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Kansas, will be fighting next season just to be bowl eligible. All four programs are in dire need of a new identity heading into the 2022 season. However, it is worth noting that both Texas Tech and West Virginia were bowl eligible last year and are bringing back a good portion of their roster from last year.