2014 College Football: Pac-12 Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses
Predicting Who Wins The Pac-12
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Here we will breakdown the odds and predictions of each team to win the Pac-12 conference in the up and coming 2014 college football season. Considering this conference has drastically improved over the years, there’s some great value if you’re handicapping this future bet.
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Here are some teams you should consider to win the Pac-12.
Stanford Cardinal – How many times is Stanford going to be doubted once the season begins? Stanford is the most physical team in the Pac-12 and has had a top-two defense in the conference for four straight seasons. Stanford does return six starters on that side of the ball and should once again be the only team that can consistently slow down these speedy Pac-12 teams. Offensively, quarterback Kevin Hogan should be much better at the positon with another year under his belt. Stanford has a brutal schedule with road games to Notre Dame, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon, but this is a consistent team that will continue to make a run under David Shaw. I’ll take my chances with odds of +650.
Oregon Ducks – Usually I avoid the small lines, but we’re getting Oregon at odds of +120 to win the Pac-12. By far the favorite to win the conference, the Ducks once again look like a team that will reach the playoffs and could make a run for a national championship. Led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, Oregon will once again be an offensive juggernaut that puts up video game numbers. Oregon has had the top ranked offense for four straight years in the Pac-12 and that likely isn’t going to change this season. Defensively, Oregon has improved to the point it was 13th in the country last season in points allowed. With Stanford, Arizona and even Michigan State having to make its way to Eugene, getting plus money for Oregon to win the Pac-12 seems like a pretty good deal. It’s likely only going to go down as the season plays out.
Arizona State Sun Devils – I loved Arizona State last season because it made me a ton of money. You have to like the Sun Devils once again this year with the return of Taylor Kelly at quarterback. Kelly is one of the more underrated signal-callers in the country and will lead one of the more offenses that averaged nearly 40 points last season. D.J. Foster will lead the running game, and Arizona State will once again be an offensive unit to respect. Defensively, Arizona State has plenty of holes after losing its top players on that side of the ball, but how many teams in this conference truly have a great defense? You can get away with it if the offense is that great. I’ll gladly take odds of +1000 for Arizona State to win the Pac-12.
As for the rest of the pack:
UCLA Bruins – I also like UCLA to give an honest push in the Pac-12, but odds of +250 just aren’t doing much for me. Still, if you like the Bruins as well, you should consider this line.
USC Trojans – USC may have its most complete team in years but the program has been a disappointment ever since Pete Carroll left. Hard to trust. Not to mention the Trojans have to play Notre Dame, at UCLA and at Stanford. Odds of +500 isn’t good enough in my book.
Washington Huskies – Washington will make you some major money from game-to-game this season but winning the Pac-12 isn’t realistic. The Huskies seem like a year or two away and with a new head coach, I’d avoid odds of +1500.
Arizona Wildcats – Arizona lost its workhorse in Ka'Deem Carey, which isn’t a good thing considering all the Wildcats do is run the football. Arizona shouldn’t be slept on but winning the conference with odds of +3000 isn’t going to happen with a one-dimensional offense.
Washington State Cougars – Speaking of one-dimensional offenses, Washington State ranked fourth in passing yards and 126th in rushing yards. The defense was also 97th in points allowed. Not exactly the recipe for winning a conference. Tell oddmakers to keep their odds of +5000.
Oregon State Beavers – As usual, Oregon State doesn’t have enough talent on either side of the ball to make such a drastic leap for the Pac-12 title. The Beavers also lack a running game. Odds of +3200 would be a waste.
Utah Utes – Utah continues to struggle with the transition to the Pac-12 and that won’t go away for a couple of years. The Utes have to adjust and get players who fit the style of play in this conference. Odds of +6600 may look good on paper, but there’s no chance Utah wins the Pac-12.
California Golden Bears – Cal has a promising quarterback in Jared Goff and things should be slightly better than last season. However, the Golden Bears have a stretch of games that includes UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Stanford. There’s a reason Cal’s odds to win the Pac-12 are +50000.
Colorado Buffaloes – Colorado made big improvements in Mike MacIntyre’s first season, but this is still a program that hasn’t reached a bowl game since 2007. All of a sudden winning the Pac-12? Yeah, right. Keep those odds of +30000.