College Football: With New Schedule, Texas Opens Big 12 Play With Texas Tech

The opening week of the Big 12 conference schedule is upon us. The league as a whole took its licks in the nonconference slate, but at least now eight of the 10 teams have a game under their belt. Now the question is whether the overall level of football is better. 

The top two teams, Oklahoma and Texas, are once again big favorites, but there are some potentially interesting matchups elsewhere. Oklahoma State needs a better showing after slogging through a win against Tulsa. Iowa State is trying to rebound after its opening loss to Louisiana. Baylor and TCU still haven't played games, so their first impressions will be things to monitor as well. 

All in all, there's a full slate of Big 12 games to watch and wager on -- for now, anyway. So let's get to the picks for Week 4. 

Kansas State at No. 3 Oklahoma (-28.5): There's real concern over whether this game will even be played. K-State coach Chris Klieman has indicated multiple times that his team is at risk of not having enough bodies to satisfy the conference's 53-man roster minimums. Let's say they do for the sake of making the pick. Klieman's a great coach, but the Wildcats got worked in the trenches in Week 2 by a shorthanded Arkansas State. In most years I'd almost always take the points with a well-coached K-State squad considering the large spread for a conference game. However, unless Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is out, I don't feel comfortable going with the dog here. In any case, maybe don't wager until Saturday morning.

Pick: Oklahoma -28.5