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Betting the Big 12: Week 8 Edition

We are smack dab in the middle of the season - all ten teams are back on the schedule!

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Baylor
Is Baylor for real?
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We went 1 for 2 last week, losing the OVER bet with OU and Texas, while watching Breece Hall carry the Cyclones to a dominating win against West Virginia. But the best game to watch was Baylor and Texas Tech, as it took TWO overtimes to find a winner, with Matt Rhule’s squad continuing to stay unbeaten.

With that being said, we are getting right into the meat of the season – where pretenders and contenders separate themselves and high-quality conference matchups are abundant.

All Big 12 teams are back on the slate this week, as we have FIVE good games to choose from.

Here is Week 8 of Betting the Big 12


Iowa State (4-2, 2-1) at Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2) | 11:00 A.M. on FS1 | ISU -6.5

Texas Tech is reeling after a heartbreaking road loss to Baylor, while ISU has turned the corner and there is no looking back. Vegas has the Cyclones a touchdown-favorite, and I could see it move higher as the week progresses.

Jet Duffey is still the man at quarterback for the Red Raiders and has back-to-back 350+ yard passing performances. He has certainly found his groove with his arm, but also has flashes with his legs. Tech’s defense is definitely better than in year’s past and has been just what we thought they would be with new coach Matt Wells.

Iowa State on the other hand is on fire, most notably with their offense. The defense held WVU to below 50 yards in the second half, but has been hit by the injury bug on that side of the ball.

Doesn’t matter – next man up for the Clones. This will be a tough road matchup, but I think Iowa State is good enough to win AND cover that spread.

West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) at #5 Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0) | 11:00 A.M. On FOX | OU -33.5

Iowa State knocked out WVU’s Austin Kendall with a shoulder injury, and the grad-transfer quarterback is now listed as questionable against his former OU team. Oklahoma is just rocking and rolling, per usual. CeeDee Lamb made his claim for the best receiver in the Big 12, and Jalen Hurts, well, continues to do Jalen Hurts things.

Oklahoma wins this game easily, but I’m not sure if WVU is as bad as the 5-touchdown spread makes it seem. If Kendall plays, I might lean towards the Mountaineers, but my confidence level is as about as high as a freshman boy asking a senior girl to the dance.

Here are my best bets for Week EIGHT of the 2019 Season

TCU (3-2, 1-2) at Kansas State (3-2, 0-2) | 1:30 P.M. | TCU -2.5

Both teams coming off much-needed Bye weeks, after devastating losses the week before. It’s safe to say both were brought back to earth after TCU got shown up in Ames, and K-State struggled in a loss to Baylor.

Both programs play similar styles of ball – with clock-eating run games and stout defenses. I expect a close one, but also see a chink in K-State’s armor with the lack of stopping the run. With that being said, gotta give the edge to TCU’s ground attack and a Horned Frogs win. I’ll take TCU for $50k and the 2.5 points.

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at West Virginia
Look for Darius “Jet” Anderson to get back on track
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Kansas (2-4, 0-3) at #15 Texas (4-1, 2-0) | 6:00 P.M. on Longhorn Network | Texas -22.5

The Longhorns couldn’t quite get over the hump against OU, but their defense showed much needed improvement. Look for Sam Ehlinger to get back on track, as he gets the world’s best slump buster in Kansas. I’m not even sure if I need to spend anytime on talking about the Jayhawks…

I’ll take Texas for $50k and will eat the 22.5 points.

#18 Baylor (6-0, 3-0) at Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2) | 3:00 P.M. on FOX | OSU -3

Alright, it’s time for the Baylor Bears to finally lose, and I think this is the week to do it. I don’t care how good their defense is, nobody is going to stop running back Chuba Hubbard. The Pokes are playing at home, coming off a BYE, and have the talent to do it.

While they don’t have a blemish on their record, Baylor really hasn’t played anyone. I think this is the week they go down – give me Oklahoma State for $50k and I will eat the 3 points.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Oklahoma State
Baylor is TOAST this week
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2019 WRNL College Football Betting Results

Begin the Year with $1,000,000

Week 1: 2 for 3, PLUS $80k

Week 2: 1 for 3, MINUS $65k

Week 3: 2 for 3, MINUS $560k

Week 4: 0 for 2, MINUS $450k

The Milton Brothers from Monopoly lent us $500k more to play with.. Haha

Week 5: 0 for 2, Minus $220k

Week 6: 1 for 2, Minus $10k

Week 7: 1 for 2, Minus $60k

Running Total, 7 for 17 (41% Correct), $210k Balance