NCAA football betting sleepers for the Big 12 South could be Texas A&M or Texas Tech but those would appear to be college football gambling longshots.
The Oklahoma Sooners would appear to have the advantage over the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 South race for 2010 as they are returning 8 starters on offense led by sophomore quarterback Landry Jones, who was baptized under fire last year with on the job training after he had to replace the injured Sam Bradford in the season opener.
Jones showed marked improvement as the year went on and he ended up with 3196 yards and 26 touchdown passes. Ryan Broyles returns as the top target as the junior had over 1200 yards receiving last year.
The defense returns only 5 starters but top shelf recruits are ready to step in. Oklahoma’s schedule is highly favorable and could be the difference.
Texas must replace 4-year starting quarterback Colt McCoy and 5 other starters on an offense that averaged almost 40 points per game. The defense returns 7 starters. As always, Texas gets the cream of the crop in recruiting and that will keep them in the race.
The annual Red River Rivalry showdown in Dallas against OU on October 2 will likely decide the division.
The Texas A&M Aggies figure to be the top dark horse with the NCAA odds in the South as they have one of the most explosive offenses in the country and a new defensive coordinator and scheme in the attempt to round out the team. If the defense can cut down on the 33 PPG allowed the Aggies could be a dangerous threat to Oklahoma.
They host the Sooners on November 6 and seek revenge for a 10-65 blowout humiliation loss at Norman last year.
Texas Tech had the most successful era in their history under coach Mike Leach but fired him anyway due to player abuse allegations. The Red Raiders figure to be a high scoring commodity with the college football lines as Taylor Potts returns at quarterback and new coach Tommy Tuberville should bring a more balanced approach and better defense.
Baylor could surprise with the NCAA football betting board as they return 7 starters on offense and have a favorable schedule while Oklahoma State will rebuild with just 4 starters back on each side of the line.