Nine of the 10 Big 12 teams won their first game of the season, and the conference has a chance to make some statements in Week 2.
That starts with No. 9 Iowa State, which will attempt to break a four-game losing streak against No. 10 Iowa in its rivalry series. Cyclones are getting the ESPN GameDay treatment, and the atmosphere at Jack Trice Stadium should be off the charts.
No. 15 Texas travels to Arkansas to renew an old-school rivalry, and the Longhorns are looking to go 2-0 with first-year coach Steve Sarkisian. The Razorbacks and Longhorns have not played since 2014 and it is only the second trip from Texas to Fayetteville since the Razorbacks left the Longhorns and the rest of the Southwest Conference in 1992.
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Those are the highlights of a schedule in which five conference teams play FCS opponents.
Here are the Week 2 odds on the Big 12:
12 great odds for week 2
Here are the latest Big 12 odds, including point spreads, money lines, and over-under totals for each game, according to FanDuel.com.
Big spreads of 12 points for week 2
|Kansas at No. 17 off Carolina Coast (Friday)||CC -22.5|
|Tulsa in the state of Oklahoma||OKST -13.5|
|Cal in TCU||TCU -9.5|
|No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State||ISU -4.5|
|No. 15 Texas in Arkansas||TEX -6.5|
12 great money lines for week 2
|Kansas at No. 17 off Carolina Coast (Friday)||KU +1 260|
|Tulsa in the state of Oklahoma||OKST -600|
|Cal in TCU||TCU -430|
|No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State||ISU -205|
|No. 15 Texas in Arkansas||TEX -260|
Big 12 Over / Under Week 2
|Kansas at No. 17 off Carolina Coast (Friday)||52.5|
|Tulsa in the state of Oklahoma||52.5|
|Cal in TCU||48.5|
|No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State||44.5|
|No. 15 Texas in Arkansas||57.5|
The 12 best bets for week 2
Kansas (+25.5) at No. 17 off the Carolina coast
Seriously? The Jayhawks snapped a 19-game winning streak last week, and first-year coach Lance Leipold offers optimism for the future. Coastal Carolina has multiple problems on offense, and the Chanticleers have beaten Kansas the past two seasons. However, that average margin of victory was just 10 points per game. Transfer quarterback Jason Bean makes some plays in the passing game that make up for a stagnant running game. The Jayhawks get cover on the road.
No. 10 Iowa (+4.5) at No. 9 Iowa State
We still like the Cyclones to win S / U, but this is a tough choice knowing that the Hawkeyes have won the last four meetings and looked solid on both sides in a season-opening win against Indiana. Iowa State looked shaky in its opener, but the core of Brock Purdy, Breece Hall, Charlie Kolar and Mike Rose returned for this game. For those interested in the bass (44.5), the last two encounters were defensive fights. Iowa won 18-17 in 2019 and 13-3 in 2018.
No. 15 Texas (-6.5) at Arkansas
The Longhorns covered the difference at home against upstart G5 Louisiana in Week 1. Can they do it on the road against a longtime rival from the Southwestern Conference? The Razorbacks have made a living off the losers card under Sam Pittman, and are 7-3 ATS as underdogs under the second-year coach. Sarkisian, however, has known Arkansas since his time as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. This is another chance for Bijan Robinson to sneak into the Heisman conversation. Texas covers again.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.