Where Texas And TCU Stand In The Preseason Big 12 Title Odds

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 12: Daniel Shelley #50, Anson Kelton #4, and Ross Evans #37 of the TCU Horned Frogs psyche up before the game against the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The college football season isn't here yet, but we have an early look at the odds. Here's how things look to shape up heading into the 2012 Big 12 season.

While the 2012 college football season is still a ways off, you can bet that Texas football fans are eager to get things started. The Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs will both be in pursuit of the Big 12 conference title this season. We can take an early look at how one analyst views both teams' odds to capture the conference.

Will Harris at ESPN Insider has posted his preseason odds for the SEC and Big 12, among other conferences. Here's how he views the early favorites in the Big 12 conference:

Oklahoma Sooners: +115
Texas Longhorns: +400
TCU Horned Frogs: +550
West Virginia Mountaineers: +575
Kansas State Wildcats: +1100

Here's what Harris has to say about TCU:

The four teams ahead of the Wildcats are all clocking in at 6:1 or lower. Two of them, TCU and West Virginia, are changing leagues -- not typically a recipe for instant success. Additionally, TCU is by far the least experienced team among the contenders, while West Virginia has by far the least experienced coaching staff. Oklahoma is comfortable wearing the favorite's mantle and could certainly wind up as a national contender, but at barely better than even money we're just not interested in a team with this much offseason turmoil, attrition and staff turnover.

And his take on Texas:

Mack Brown has Texas back on track, thanks largely to two excellent coordinator hires, and this Longhorns defense should be the conference's best. Still, the team is in just the second year of new schemes and lacks the experience and leadership on the offensive side of the ball to fulfill the coaches' vision of the Horns' new offensive identity just yet.

There will certainly be no shortage of intrigue in the fall as these two colleges try to make a run for the title.

For all news and information regarding the Texas Longhorns, please visit Burnt Orange Nation or Barking Carnival. For updates and perspective on the TCU Horned Frogs, please stop by Frogs O' War.

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