Big 12 Week 5 Betting Tips and Picks: 4 Best Games to Bet

Big 12 Week 5 Betting Tips and Picks: 4 Best Games to Bet

A full slate of Big 12 games this weekend offers college football betting fans plenty to pick from and should help provide greater clarity as to whom will vie with Oklahoma for the conference championship.

  1. No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech

    This matchup takes on added importance after Texas Tech upset Oklahoma State last week with the winner still undefeated within conference play. West Virginia offers a good test to gauge whether Texas Tech is in fact the team that smothered the Cowboys or the team that Mississippi steamrolled in Week 1.

    Both the Red Raiders and Mountaineers feature explosive offenses that can light up the scoreboard. Texas Tech leads the nation in passing yards and fifth in points per game, while West Virginia possesses the third-best passing offense and ranks 20th in points per game.

    Points should be in abundance Saturday, and SugarHouse has set the over/under at 77.

    What will likely separate these two teams is what transpires on the defensive side of the ball. Most years this would usually work against Texas Tech, which often struggles getting stops and not giving large chunks of yards.

    Except this season defense is an area of strength for the Red Raiders, who shut down the Cowboys high powered attack limiting OSU to just 17 points. A similar defensive showing against West Virginia and Texas Tech should have little trouble picking up its second straight conference win.

    It will be close, but Texas Tech wins a close game likely decided in the final minutes. Take Texas Tech and the 3.5 points at SugarHouse.

  2. Oklahoma State at Kansas

    On paper, this should be mismatch with Oklahoma State superior to Kansas in every way. However, the Cowboys are also coming off a stagnant game against Texas Tech where OSU failed to score a point in the second half.

    Still, OSU is a well-rounded team and it would be shocking if they produced another dud on offense. And even if Kansas’ defense again puts forth another competitive effort -- the Jayhawks are only conceding 18.3 points per game -- the Cowboys have too many weapons to think they won’t be able to build up a comfortable advantage in the second half.

    All goes accordingly, OSU takes it to Kansas, not only covering the -18 line at SugarHouse but the 62-point over/under as well.

  3. No. 18 Texas at Kansas State

    Texas is getting a lot of buzz after winning three straight games that includes impressive victories against ranked opponents TCU and USC. Now the Longhorns hit the road seeking their first road win of the season, heading to a stadium where they’ve lost five straight in this series dating back to 2006.

    The Longhorns are led on offensive by sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has come into his own in recent weeks.

    The sophomore threw for a pair of touchdowns, ran for another against TCU and hasn’t had an interception since tossing two in the season-opening loss to Maryland. He should have his chances against a Wildcats defense that gave up five touchdowns through the air in a blowout loss to West Virginia last week.

    If KSU’s defense cannot slow the Longhorns the Wildcats are in for a long game, as their offense lack the juice to keep pace. KSU is averaging 347 yards and 21 points per game, both of which rank second-to-last in the Big 12.

    The Wildcats anemic offense was on full display against West Virginia as it wasn’t until the third quarter that they crossed midfield, and head coach Bill Snyder was quite critical of his team afterward and is reportedly changing quarterbacks for this weekend, per The Wichita Eagle.

    Even with junior Alex Delton replacing incumbent sophomore Skylar Thompson, this is a game that favors the Longhorns. They have the better defense and the weapons on offense to turn this into a rout. Bet on Texas to win and cover the -8.5 at SugarHouse. as well.

  4. Iowa State at TCU

    A matchup featuring two reeling teams each looking to turnaround seasons that thus far have not met expectations; TCU comes in following consecutive losses to Texas and Ohio State, while Iowa State was feeble in losing to rival Iowa, was competitive in losing to Oklahoma and squeaked by Akron last week for its only win of 2018.

    Both TCU and ISU are 0-2 against Power 5 competition.

    TCU is statistically the better team, holding a decided edge offensively. The Horned Frogs are 36th nationally in total offense compared to ISU’s 121st ranking. The Horned Frogs are also playing their first home game since Sept. 1, and Amon G. Carter Stadium is place where the Cyclones have been blown out in their past two visits.

    ISU’s best chance is a tight defensive battle where it can keep TCU’s off the field, similar to last year’s 14-7 triumph in Ames that saw the Horned Frogs turn it over three times.

    A lot has to go right for ISU to win, even if TCU is coming off a pair of physical games. Look for the Horned Frogs to win big and end their losing streak. Take TCU and give the 10.5 points at SugarHouse.

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