The Big 12 were the bridesmaids of college football in 2014, and watched while the four other major conferences participated in the College Football Playoff. TCU and Baylor were left out by the committee as Ohio State earned the fourth and final spot. The Buckeyes proved that it was the correct decision by winning it all, but the Horned Frogs and Bears had legitimate cases to be playing in the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl on January 1. The Big 12 looks to be one of the more exciting leagues this season. Here are four games to keep an eye on when picking against the spread:
October 24- Kansas Sate at Texas: Kansas State plays four games in as many weeks with the stretch wrapping up in Austin. They play at Oklahoma State, and host TCU and Oklahoma before traveling to meet Texas. Tough spot for Bill Snyder’s team especially with Texas coming out of a bye week. Look to back the Longhorns at home.
October 31- Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Oklahoma State is a team I think can be one of the biggest surprises in college football. Winning 10 games isn’t out of reach for Mike Gundy’s team. I think the schedule breaks nicely for the Cowboys, who avoid TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma until November and those three games are in Stillwater. Before playing conference favorite TCU, Oklahoma State has to play at Texas Tech. Always seems like a tricky trip for Big 12 teams and one that Oklahoma State might overlook.
November 5- Baylor at Kansas State: Baylor should be undefeated going into this game. The pressure will be high on the Bears who have flirted with undefeated records before losing on the road. In 2013, they fell to Oklahoma State and last season their lone loss was at West Virginia. This game is on a Thursday night, and Kansas State is the type of team that can slow the game down and contain the Baylor offense. I don’t think Baylor will overlook Kansas State but it doesn’t help that they play Oklahoma the week after. Look for Kansas State to spoil a possible undefeated season for Baylor.
November 14- Oklahoma State at Iowa State: As mentioned earlier, Oklahoma State has a huge month in November. The only time they leave the state is when they go up to Ames to face Iowa State. The Cowboys play TCU the week before and have Baylor on deck. This screams letdown game for the Cowboys.