Which Big 12 Programs Are Ahead Of The Rest? Top 5 Power Rankings

  • The Oklahoma Sooners have -225 odds to win the conference this season.
  • The Iowa State Cyclones are listed as the biggest threat with +285 odds.
  • The Texas Longhorns are firmly placed as the third-best team with a +750 betting line.

NORMAN, Okla. – The Big 12 may not be a conference for much longer but while it’s still around for the 2021 season, it’s time to look at the best teams remaining in the conference.

No. 1 – Oklahoma Sooners (-225)

The Oklahoma Sooners have had a long run of being the top team in the Big 12 as the program has won six consecutive conference championships. With the Heisman favorite under center and a win total set at 11.0 with -125 odds on the OVER, it’s hard to choose any other team as the No. 1 option.

Online gambling sites also have Oklahoma listed as a favorite to make the College Football Playoff, reinforcing the odds that suggest OU is the clear-cut top team.

Oklahoma To Make The College Football Playoff

  • Yes -200

The Sooners seem to be in line to capture their seventh straight conference title this season.

No. 2 – Iowa State Cyclones (+285)

The Iowa State Cyclones have the benefit of returning nearly the entire team from the 2020 season. The Cyclones were able to beat the Sooners early in the season, however, were unable to do so in the conference championship.

Iowa State 2021-2022 Win Total Odds

  • OVER 9.5 -120
  • UNDER 9.5 -110

With the sports betting sites anticipating 10 wins, Iowa State can comfortably be placed as the second-best team in the conference.

No. 3 – Texas Longhorns (+750)

With Oklahoma and Iowa State already off the board, there isn’t much of an option other than the Texas Longhorns for the third spot. Texas hasn’t won the conference since 2009 and this trend is unlikely to change this season.

Texas Longhorns 2021-2022 Win Total Odds

  • OVER 8.0 -125
  • UNDER 8.0 -105

Texas could potentially compete with Iowa State as the No. 2 team but likely don’t have the same level of talent and experience. Although, Steve Sarkisian is expected to bring the team to a new level.

No. 4 – TCU Horned Frogs (+1400)

For a good number of years, The TCU Horned Frogs were thought to be the best defensive team in the Big 12. From top to bottom the team may not be as talented as they once were, but this could be more about the lack of depth in the conference rather than TCU’s individual abilities.

TCU Horned Frogs 2021-2022 Win Total Odds

  • OVER 7.5 -165
  • UNDER 7.5 +125

The odds on the OVER are a little juicy and actually indicate the team has a chance to overtake Texas in the conference.

No. 5 – Oklahoma State Cowboys (+1400)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are given the same odds as TCU to win the conference but their win total suggests that this may not be the case.

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2021-2022 Total Wins

  • OVER 7.5 -150
  • UNDER 7.5 +115

While the number on the win total is the same as TCU, the odds provided by college football betting sites indicate it is slightly less likely for the Cowboys to match TCU’s win total.

Aside from these five teams, there’s not much competition in the conference and while the order may be debated, these should be solidified as the top teams in the Big 12.