Big 12 Week 9 Betting Odds: An Elimination Game for Wildcats and Cowboys?

West Virginia Looks for More Morgantown Magic When TCU Comes to Town

Oklahoma State and Kansas State Meet In Big 12’s Game of the Week

The Big 12 has been one of the most unpredictable conferences in major college football so could more surprises be coming this weekend? The Big 12 Week 9 Betting Odds feature three games with spreads of less than three points.

Surprising Texas Christian looks to remain undefeated when the Horned Frogs travel to West Virginia. The last time the Mountaineers played at home, they upset defending Big 12 champion Baylor when listed by the sportsbook as a three-point underdog.

The only matchup between ranked teams is the showdown between Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Both teams already have one conference loss so this feels like an elimination game.

Kansas and Texas have bye weeks.

TCU comes in at No. 7 while Oklahoma State moved up two spots to No. 9 in the Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association polls. Kansas State is ranked 22nd in both polls.

Per the college football playoffs odds, TCU’s odds to win the national title are priced at +8000 with Oklahoma State coming in at +10000.

Texas Christian (+140) has the best odds to win the Big 12 title according to the sportsbook followed by Oklahoma State (+275), Texas (+375) and Kansas State (+475).

Game of the Week

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Kansas State Wildcats

Date, time (TV):
Line: Kansas State -1

Fresh off a tough loss to TCU, Kansas State has another tough test when Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 in the Big 12) comes to town. There is a chance that the loser of this game could be two games out of first place in the Big 12 standings. The Big 12 Week 9 betting odds has this game as a near Pick’em.

When looking at the Big 12 conference football standings, Oklahoma State and Kansas State are tied for second so the team losing on Saturday will face an uphill battle to reach the conference title game.

Kansas State (5-2, 3-1) has allowed more than 200 rushing yards in two of its four conference games. Oklahoma State has had at least 40 rushing attempts in each of the four Big 12 games. The Wildcats held up well against the run in the 2021 meeting. However, Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders threw for 344 yards in that game.

Kansas State’s Deuce Vaughn is second in the Big 12 with 744 rushing yards. He will be facing an Oklahoma State defense that is eighth out of 10 conference teams in rushing defense, allowing 146 yards per contest. Vaughn was limited to 22 yards on 13 carries in last year’s game against the Cowboys.

Kansas State leads the Big 12 with 20 sacks with 6½ coming from Felix Anudike-Uzomah.

Oklahoma State’s Tyler Lacy and Mason Cobb have combined for 17 tackles for loss while Jason Taylor II is the conference leader with three interceptions.

The Cowboys have won the last three contests against Kansas State. Oklahoma State has been favored in each of the last five meetings.

Other Games to Watch

Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs West Virginia Mountaineers

Date, time (TV):
Line: Texas Christian -7½

When looking at the NCAAF standings, Texas Christian is one of six undefeated teams at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

TCU’s Max Duggan has the best passing rating in the Big 12. He has thrown for 1,871 yards with 19 touchdown passes and just one interception for the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0). He’ll be facing a West Virginia defense that has allowed 15 TD passes and 13 passing plays of at least 30 yards.

West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) has scored on 30 of 32 red-zone drives, however, 10 of those drives ended with field goals.

TCU’s Quentin Johnson had five catches for 113 yards in last year’s game against the Mountaineers.

West Virginia has won four games in a row against TCU with the last two meetings being decided by 12 and 18 points. Seven of the last eight games between the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs finished under the total.

Oklahoma Sooners vs Iowa State Cyclones

Date, time (TV):
Line: Oklahoma -1

It’s been a tough start to the season for an Oklahoma team expected to compete for the Big 12 title. However, the offense is ranked third in the conference with 472 yards per game. The Big 12 Week 9 betting odds show the Sooners as a slight favorite on the road.

Keep an eye on Oklahoma running back Eric Gray as he is coming off a season-high 176 yards in last week’s win over Kansas for the Sooners (4-3, 1-3). After missing the Texas game, quarterback Dillon Gabriel returned to action and threw for 403 yards in the win over Kansas.

Iowa State (3-4, 0-4) is the only conference team allowing less than 300 yards per game. However, the Cyclones are last in the Big 12 in rushing yards and total yards.

A player to watch on offense for Iowa State is Xavier Hutchinson, the Big 12 leader with 67 receptions and 758 yards.

The Sooners have won the last two games against Iowa State and covered against the college football betting lines in both of those contests.

Baylor Bears vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

Date, time (TV):
Line: Texas Tech -2½

Baylor (4-3, 2-2) and Texas Tech (4-3, 2-2) are second and third in the Big 12 in total defense. The Bears have allowed one offensive player of 50 yards or longer while Texas Tech has given up six such plays.

Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith has been limited to five passing attempts over the last two games. With Tyler Shough, who hasn’t played since the season opener being cleared to play. Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire said that Smith, Shough and Behren Morton will all see time at quarterback on Saturday night.

Baylor’s Blake Shapen has six touchdown passes and no interceptions in three games away from home.

Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson is tied for the conference lead with 6½ sacks.

Baylor has won eight of the last 11 matchups with Texas Tech, however, the Bears are just 1-4-1 against the college football odds in the last six matchups.

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