Saturday’s Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas could very well be a Big 12 Championship Game preview. The two teams are a combined 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12.
But there are a few other teams – namely Baylor and Iowa State – that have been making a push in the Big 12 as well. Baylor is currently undefeated while Iowa State can conceivably make a run in conference play.
With Week 6 in the books, ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) computer model has updated its Big 12 champion prediction.
The computer model gives the Oklahoma Sooners a resounding 75.6-percent chance of winning the Big 12 title. Only Clemson was given a bigger chance to win its respective conference.
With such a huge margin for Oklahoma, there’s very little difference in odds between the other contenders.
Texas comes in at second with 10.1-percent, while 5-0 Baylor has a 8.5-percent chance. Iowa State is the only other Big 12 team with a greater than 1-percent chance at 4.4-percent.
TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State were given slim but slightly-above-zero chances of winning the title.
West Virginia, Kansas, and Kansas State were all given a zero-percent chance of winning the Big 12.
But there can be no doubt that these numbers may change in a huge way depending on the results on this weekend’s games. Oklahoma-Texas, Texas Tech-Baylor, and Iowa State-West Virginia could all have a big impact on the numbers.