The Duel

Oklahoma's Odds to Win Big 12 Championship Still Firmly Ahead of Red River Rival Texas in 2019

Zach Brunner
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

After producing a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in back-to-back seasons, the Oklahoma Sooners are expected to continue with their winning ways once again in 2019.

Less than two weeks from the start of the upcoming season, the Sooners are standing alone with -135 odds to win the Big 12 Championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

It's often said that history is cyclical, however, it doesn't normally happen as quickly as it has been in Norman lately. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 four straight years, and the Sooners have won seven of the last nine Big 12 Championship games, dating back to 2004.

So, how do you replace offensive production from a unit that led the nation in scoring at 48.4 points per game (PPG) last season? Well, convincing a former starting Alabama quarterback to transfer to your program is a great start.

Oklahoma has reloaded at quarterback, with Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts competing against highly-touted recruits Tanner Mordecai and Spencer Rattler. This kind of competition in practice could give the Sooners a legitimate chance to produce three straight Heisman-winning quarterbacks. More importantly, Hurts' experience would give Oklahoma a great shot to win its first College Football Playoff game after being eliminated in the semifinal in each of its three prior CFP appearances.

Before the Sooners can do that, they must overcome the threat of Texas, who has +300 odds to win the Big 12 Championship. The Longhorns have a Heisman hopeful at quarterback as well in junior Sam Ehlinger. The conference seems to be a two-horse race though, with Iowa State at +850 after Texas, leading Baylor (+1600), Oklahoma State (+1600) and TCU (+1600).

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