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Early Big 12 2021 Football Conference Champion Pick

The Oklahoma Sooners came out on top of the Big 12 last season, and the expectation is that they could win the Big 12 Conference Championship this season. There are other teams like Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Longhorns who are going to be trying to spoil the party. 

Picks for the 2021 Big 12 Football Championship

Oklahoma Sooners (-143)

The Oklahoma Sooners are the favorite to win the Big 12 title, and for good reason this is a team with a loaded roster. One of the big reasons there is so much confidence around this team is because of quarterback Spencer Rattler. Rattler was a bit inconsistent last season, but he has shown he has all the right tools to maybe lead this team to a National Championship. The defense for Oklahoma always seems to be an issue, but the last few years they have started to look better. It’s going to be important that they show up in the biggest games. 

Iowa State Cyclones (+225)

The Iowa State Cyclones are a team that has a whole lot of talent on the offense. Quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall.both had big seasons last year, and there is no reason to believe they won’t have a big year this year. On defense, Iowa State has been one of the best in the Big 12. Iowa State is led by their front three, At linebacker the Cyclones have one of the best players in the country in Mike Rose. If Iowa State is going to win the Big 12, it might come down how their defense plays against the Sooners. 

Texas Longhorns (+600)

The Texas Longhorns are going to look a lot different this season including a new head coach with Steve Sarkisian being brought in. Gone also is quarterback Sam Ehlinger who graduated and moved onto the Indianapolis Colts. The biggest question facing heading into this season is who is going to be taking those snaps under center. On defense, the star is lineman Alfred Collins who will wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines. If the Longhorns get good quarterback play, maybe this is the year the lLonghorns will actually be back. 

West VIrginia Mountaineers (+2200)

The West Virginia Mountaineers finished last year with a 6-4 record overall but they have some questions about the quarterback playing heading into this season. Jarret Doege looked most of last season, but Austin Kendall came in during the bowl game and found success. On defense, West Virginia was strong during the 2020 season, but a lot of those pieces that made last year’s team so good are gone. This is still a loaded roster though

The Rest of the Conference Odds:

  • Oklahoma State Cowboys (+1000)
  • TCU Horned Frogs (+1400)
  • Kansas State Wildcats (+2800)
  • Baylor Bears (+4000)
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders (+5000)
  • Kansas Jayhawks (+15000)

The Pick: Iowa State’s offense is going to be strong this season, and they are going to be as good, if not better on that side of the ball with the Oklahoma Sooners. Look for Iowa State to win the Big 12 Conference, and maybe sprinkle a few dollars on them to win the National Title.

Shane Mickle's Free Pick:
Iowa State Cyclones +225
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Shane Mickle

I have been following sports for as long as I can remember and started writing about them back in high school. My favorite sports include MLB, NBA, NFL, CFB, CBB, and the UFC. Follow me on Twitter at @shanemickle

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