Saturday’s Big 12 title game will feature the 10th ranked Oklahoma Sooners once again as they look for their sixth consecutive conference championship. On the other side, the No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones will play for their first conference championship since 1912. Regardless who wins this game, the winner would likely need help to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
This should be a fairly compelling matchup, as the oddsmakers expect this one to be the closest matchup among the title games on Saturday. It will get started at noon ET and can be seen on ABC.
So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Oklahoma comes in as 6-point favorites in this game and as you might imagine, and most of the week the majority of bettors were on the side of the Sooners. But as of now of all the bets placed on the spread of this game, 49% of the bets are going toward Oklahoma with 52% of the handle.
Is the public right? Nope, I’m taking Iowa State here. The Cyclones have already beaten Oklahoma this season back on Oct. 3, and this game means more to them than it does for the Sooners. Oklahoma usually always comes into this game with the understanding that a win gets the Sooners into the Playoff, but that’s not the case this season. I’d ride with the Cyclones.
The point total is set at 58 and this is Oklahoma we’re talking about, so of course there is a ton of action on the over. Eighty-nine percent of bets are on the over as well as 88% of the handle.
Is the public right? Again, I’m going against the public. This may shock you, but Oklahoma actually has a relatively good defense. The Sooners rank 26th in opponent yards per play, which is even better than Iowa State, which comes in at No. 29 in that category. I understand it’s scary to take an Oklahoma under, but that’s the way to go.
With Oklahoma as slight favorites, it is getting -220 odds to win this one outright with Iowa State at +170. The overall bettors and the money are split on this one with 52% of bets going toward Oklahoma with 51% of the money on Iowa State.
Is the public right? Sure Oklahoma will probably win this game, but I like Iowa State’s moneyline odds more, so I’m siding with the money and think the Cyclones are worth the risk.
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