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Big 12 Week 1 Props: Swinging for the Betting Fences

College football is back, which means the return of epic Big 12 shootouts in what is emerging as one of the most fun post-realignment conferences. If a quick glance at the Week 1 college football odds does not suit you, you’re in the right place as we get more exotic with a few prop bets.

We have you covered here if you are searching for more traditional picks based on the latest college football lines.

Let’s take a look at the latest NCAA football odds to see if we can win a bit of money on a few Big 12 props. One word of caution: Most of these props are closer to a lottery ticket than picks against the spread, but you can still make an informed decision on which longshots are worth riding.

Here are my top Big 12 prop bets for Week 1.

Colorado vs TCU

If you saw my TCU-Colorado preview, you know I’m backing Deion Sanders’ crew against the spread. I do think the Buffaloes have a chance to hang around in the fourth quarter, so why not throw a small amount on Colorado to win by 7-12 points.

A more conservative approach to this prop nets +1200 if the Buffaloes win by 1-6 points. We’re going big believing that Coach Prime’s transfer portal heroes have a chance to pull the upset.

We’ve got a bet and it’s Louis, to quote Prime.


Keep in mind, TCU is replacing a good portion of their offense, a major factor in the Horned Frogs reaching the national title game.

Rice vs Texas

While I don’t see this game being particularly close, if the Rice offense has any success, it will likely come early. Most teams script the first 15 to 20 plays, and there is reason to think former five-star recruit JT Daniels can get the Owls on the board first by marching down the field for a touchdown versus Texas.


Daniels will have receiver Luke McCaffrey to lean on throughout the game. As I mentioned in the Texas-Rice preview, this one should get ugly, but +475 is great value for the Owls to strike first.

Wyoming vs Texas Tech

All signs point to a slow start to this game at altitude in Laramie, Wyo. Texas Tech has had plenty of buzz this offseason as a sleeper team to win the Big 12, but beginning the season with a night game in Laramie should have the Red Raiders on upset alert.


Craig Bohl’s signature Wyoming defense will be able to get stops early, and kicker John Hoyland is a potential All-American. Hoyland made 88% of his field goal attempts in 2022, including an impressive 4 of 5 from beyond 50 yards. Give me Hoyland and the Cowboys to strike first at +675.

West Virginia vs Penn State

This is my YOLO bet of the week. There are plenty of good reasons to think Penn State will handle West Virginia, but Neal Brown’s crew is playing with house money.

If this game is played 10 times, it is reasonable to think West Virginia gets at least one win and the season opener just might be the Mountaineers’ night.

The West Virginia moneyline offers a sizable return at +820 odds but narrowing the margin of victory could be a jackpot at the end of the rainbow. If the Mountaineers surprisingly pull off the upset in Happy Valley, it is hard to imagine it is by more than a field goal.

Throw $10 on this bet and you get a $200 return. The ROI is more than there for this longshot Big 12 ticket.

Pick: West Virginia to Beat Penn State by 1-6 Points +2000

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