How Big 12 Coaches Rank Against The Spread

How Big 12 Coaches Rank Against The Spread
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The Texas Longhorns are soon to depart the Big 12 Conference for the greener pastures of the SEC, but that doesn’t mean the Lone Star State will be devoid of talented teams going forward.

Between last year’s national runner-up TCU, up-and-coming programs like Baylor and Texas Tech, and the addition of Houston to the Big 12 — there’s no shortage of Texas-centric storylines to follow. took a look at the best coach in the Big 12 based on his record against the spread at his current schools.

To do so, we utilized records from For this list, only games from the coach’s current stint were included. Games played as interim head coach were not included. Teams with new coaches entering the 2023 season were not included.

Unfortunately for college football fans, there is no legal Texas sports betting. Sports wagering failed in the most recent legislative session and won’t be discussed again until 2025.

Big 12 Coaches Against the Spread

TeamCoachATS RecordCover Percentage
TCUSonny Dykes10-4-171.4%
Kansas StateChris Klieman31-17-264.6%
BaylorDave Aranda20-14-262.9%
Texas TechJoey McGuire8-561.5%
Oklahoma StateMike Gundy124-93-357.5%
Iowa StateMatt Campbell46-41-152.9%
TexasSteve Sarkisian13-1252%
BYUKalani Sitake44-44-250%
West VirginiaNeal Brown22-23-248.9%
HoustonDana Holgorsen22-2546.8%
KansasLance Leipold11-13-145.8%
UCFGus Malzahn12-1544.4%
OklahomaBrent Venables5-838.5%

Although there are no Texas betting apps, nationally Texas is the Big 12 favorite this year at +100 odds.

Where Texas’ Five Big 12 Schools Rank ATS

You don’t have to look far to find the first Texas Big 12 coach on the conference’s ATS leaderboard.

Second-year TCU coach Sonny Dykes posted a 10-4-1 ATS record during his first year in Fort Worth — giving him a 71.4% cover percentage.

That 10-4-1 ATS record was a tad behind Dykes’ 13-2 straight-up record with the Horned Frogs in 2022, though it was still more than enough to knock off Kansas State’s Chris Klieman for the Big 12’s No. 1 spot.

The other Big 12 coaches from the state of Texas finished third (Dave Aranda of Baylor, at 62.9%), fourth (Joey McGuire of Texas Tech, at 61.5%), seventh (Steve Sarkisian of Texas, at 52%) and 10th (Dana Holgorsen of Houston, at 46.8%) in cover percentage.

Looking ahead to 2023, Texas has the best national title odds on BetMGM Sportsbook (there is no BetMGM Sportsbook Texas) of any Lone Star State team, at +2200, while TCU comes in at +12500, Baylor and Texas Tech at +20000 and Houston at +50000.



Christopher Boan is a writer with, covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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