CFN Big 12 Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

CFN Big 12 Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

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CFN Big 12 Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections


Before spring football kicks in, how do the win totals look for all of the Big 12 teams? Here’s where the bar should be set … for now.

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Just how good are all of the Big 12 teams? There are still plenty of injuries, suspensions, and depth chart changes to come over the next several months – and spring football still has to kick in – but here’s the first look.

Based off of the schedules, timing of the big games, and the talent coming back, here’s around where the win total futures should be set.

The win total line projections are based on the regular season – bowl games or conference championships don’t count. And remember, this is a cold business. The investment market will set the line as the offseason goes on.

Baylor Bears

The Bears are loaded with experience in Year Three under head coach Matt Rhule. The O line might need a little tweaking, but the skill parts are there, and most of the top defensive players – especially at linebacker – are back.

Assume a 3-0 start against Stephen F. Austin, UTSA and Rice, but there isn’t anything easy after that. Baylor should be able to win its share of games, but the Big 12 season is going to be another bear, including – potentially – the trip to Kansas.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 7.5
2018 Record: 7-6
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Iowa State Cyclones

Matt Campbell has put together a strong program with staying power, but like almost everyone else in the Big 12, there are way too many 50/50 games. Beating Northern Iowa and ULM is a given, and the Kansas game is at home, but going on the road for five Big 12 games – including West Virginia, Oklahoma and Baylor – will make it tough to go on a huge run.

The O line gets everyone back, the defensive front will be a major plus, and outside of cornerback, there aren’t any major holes. Even so, getting to eight wins with this slate – the road games are the issue – will be a fight.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 7.5
2018 Record: 8-5
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Kansas Jayhawks

How much can Les Miles do in his first year? There’s experience, but the interior of the lines was gutted, and most of the top linebackers are gone. JUCO transfers and surprisingly okay depth should make up for the issues, but the Jayhawks will stop be expected to bring up the Big 12 rear.

Even so, with Indiana State and Coastal Carolina to start the season, there should be two wins right out of the gate, and then it gets tough. A road game at Boston College is the other non-conference game, and KU should be the underdog in every other game.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 3.5
2018 Record: 3-9
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Kansas State Wildcats

Chris Klieman has enough in place to help K-State make a quick jump up. The receiving corps is terrific, the defense gets nine starters back, and both lines are strong. The chance to make a quick pivot is possible.

Playing Nicholls and Bowling Green right away should mean two wins, but with a road game at Mississippi State to follow, there aren’t any sure-thing wins the rest of the way. The Kansas and Texas Tech games are on the road, are are dates with Oklahoma State and Texas. Getting well past six wins isn’t a given.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 6.5
2018 Record: 5-7
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Oklahoma Sooners

As long as Jalen Hurts is just that good, the Oklahoma offense should keep on rolling. It might not be the high-powered passing machine it’s been over the last few years, but the expectations aren’t going to be lowered. The D is loaded with experience, getting back ten starters.

Going to UCLA won’t be easy, and the Texas game is always tough, but the Sooners should be the favorites in every game. The fear for losses – along with the dates with the Bruins and Longhorns – will be the regular season-ending trip to Oklahoma State, and maybe on the wrong day at Kansas State and Baylor.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 10.5
2018 Record: 12-2
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis     

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