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Betting the Big 12: Week 14

Putting the rest of the bankroll on the line

Super Bowl 50 Proposition Bets At The Westgate Las Vegas Race & Sports SuperBook Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Week 13 Recap

If you are reading this you survived the political debates of Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday riots and a heart-pumping Advocare Invitational Championship game on Sunday. Not to mention getting your heart broken again watching Iowa State lose to Cincinnati last night. So, kudos to you.

You are also probably looking for an explanation as to why we lost over 200 bucks last week. I’m going to have to resort to a Kirk Ferentz staple and go with "That’s football."

When some people gamble, they play just to stay even. It's entertainment, they say. To me that is just like a game ending in a tie. It’s like kissing your sister, they say, and unless you live in West Virginia, it's highly frowned upon. So, last week we could have played it close to the vest and tried to end the year slightly in the black or even. We didn’t. We upped the ante and we lost. The good news is that we still have the bankroll left to go for broke on this "championship" weekend.

Pick Wager W/L
Texas -2.5 $99 -$99
Baylor -5.5 $99 -$99
Kansas +26 $99 $90
Iowa State +10 $110 -$110
Total $407 -$218

Week 13: 1-3

Season: 60-52

Bankroll: $802

Kansas State (7-4) @ TCU (6-5)

Saturday, 11 AM, FS1

Line: TCU -4

O/U: 53

TCU v Kansas State Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

These two juggernauts are battling it out for a spot in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. The loser? They are mostly likely headed for lovely Memphis and a spot in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

I’ve been a fan when Iowa State has played in both venues. The bigger surprise is that both were actually a good time. It turns out selling beer at football games enhances the experience.

As for the game, I’d say TCU has the home field advantage but there won’t be a single soul there. Now that Jamie Dixon has turned TCU into a basketball school, the football team’s glimmer of hope in drawing fans to games has been abruptly eliminated.

Is this Bill Snyder’s last regular season game? One can only hope.

The Picks: TCU -4, UNDER 53

The Bets: $110 each

Oklahoma State (9-2) @ Oklahoma (9-2)

Saturday, 11:30 AM, FOX

Line: OU -11.5

O/U: 77

Pitt v Oklahoma State Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

These regular season Big 12 games during "Championship Saturday" are a bit odd. Not to worry though, as next season there will be an actual championship game being played on this weekend in Arlington.

Wait, there's an actual championship game occurring in the Big 12 this weekend, and they call it Bedlam.

Unfortunately, Bob Bowlsby and the Big 12 fell victim to peer pressure.

"Hey Bob, drink another gallon of the jungle juice. We promise there isn’t that much Everclear in there."

The Big 12 didn’t need a conference championship game. Look no further than the Big Ten and SEC championship games. In the B1G, the 3rd and 4th best teams in the conference will play for a "title" while two teams that didn’t even win their division wait it out in hopes of making the College Football Playoff.

It was on overreaction to TCU getting robbed out of a playoff berth. More often than not, the 13th data point will only hurt the conference.

The Sooners and Cowboys have battled it out for the conference championship several times on the last weekend of the season. Will they be playing back to back weeks next season? That is going to be lame.

Oklahoma will become Big 12 Champions once again, but they will have to sweat it out.

The Picks: Oklahoma State +11.5, OVER 77

The Bets: $220, $110

Baylor (6-5) @ West Virginia (9-2)

Saturday, 2:30 PM, FS1

Line: WVU -17.5

O/U: 69

Lamar v Baylor Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Baylor is slotted for the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. I really, really hope they make Baylor actually stay in a Motel 6. Not like an old Marriott that was re-branded as a Motel 6. I want them to stay in one of those dingy Motel 6’s that has a MLK Boulevard address on the east side of town. You know the type that has exterior entrances for each room and bullet holes filled with putty? Invite Art Briles on the trip and give him the "honeymoon suite" and take off his deadbolt.

West Virginia, on the other hand, I have grown very fond of. I tailgated with a nice couple of West Virginia fans and things were really pleasant. They brought pizza rolls, drank beer and reminisced on their time as cousins before their marriage. It was a riot.

Baylor and West Virginia each put up over 60 points in their first match-up in the Big 12. I hope they once again combine for over 120 points this week. I just hope West Virginia scores all 120 of them.

The Picks: West Virginia -17.5, OVER 69

The Bets: $110 each

Week 14 Recap

It's been a great ride this season and I sincerely thank you for reading (err skimming) through each of these each week. I'll post a recap of our final results at some point, because we will have AT LEAST 32 dollars to our name. Here is a summary of our Week 14 picks.

Pick Wager
TCU -4 $110
TCU UNDER 53 $110
OSU +11.5 $220
OSU OVER 77 $110
WVU -17.5 $110
WVU OVER 69 $110
Total $770