2012 NCAA Football Betting Futures- Pac Twelve Season Preview
The PAC-10 grew into the PAC-12 last season with the addition of Utah and Colorado. The 12-team conference realigned itself into two divisions, South and North, which added a title game at the end of the season. Oregon took the crown last year by defeating UCLA 49-31 in the first ever PAC-12 Championship.
The following is a look at a few of the top contenders to win this season’s conference title along with their odds as provided by Bovada.
USC Trojans 5/5
The UCS Trojans just spent the last two seasons on the sidelines in the PAC-12 in terms of postseason play, but they are more than ready to get back in the game in 2012. After serving a two-year ban due to NCAA sanctions that were imposed as part of the Reggie Bush scandal, the Trojans come into this season as prohibitive favorites at 1/6 to win the South Division and heavy 5/8 favorites to win the conference title. There is little doubt that they have the talent to get the job done with nine starters returning on offense including Heisman front-runner Matt Barkley at quarterback. Barkley will also have his two favorite targets in the passing game, wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee back as well. Defensively, there are seven starters returning from last year’s squad including All-PAC 12 selections free safety T.J. McDonald and defensive end Wes Horton.
Oregon Ducks 2/1
Oregon is probably the only other team in the PAC-12 that has a legitimate chance to derail USC’s championship plans. The Ducks have been opened as 2/5 favorites to win the North Division and are the second-favorites to win the conference title at 2/1. They will need to plug some holes on offense with just six starters back from last year’s roster. Look for running back Kenjon Barner and All-Conference wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas to provide the veteran leadership on this side of the ball. Oregon remains a bit more intact on defense with eight starters returning from last season. Fortunately, one of those starters is All-Conference defensive end Dion Jordan, who is primed for another big year.
Washington Huskies 12/1
The second-favorite at 5/1 to win the North Division and a 12/1 third-favorite to win the conference is the Washington Huskies. A late-season collapse with five losses in their last seven games dropped the Huskies to 7-6 overall and 5-4 in PAC-12 play. They closed-out their 2011 campaign with a wild 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The good news is that Washington will have 16 starters back from last year’s team. Keith Price is once again penciled-in as the starting quarterback. He showed some great promise last season as a sophomore with 3,063 yards passing and 33 touchdowns while completing 66.9 percent of his throws.
California Golden Bears 18/1
California is the third-favorite to win the North at 17/2 and the fourth-favorite to win the PAC-12 at18/1 It ended-up under .500 last season in conference play at 4-5, but finished with a 7-6 record overall despite a 21-10 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. The prospect for 2012 looks pretty good with a wealth of talent returning on both sides of the ball. Running back Isi Sofele is back after leading the team with 1,322 yards rushing in 2011. Also back is wide receiver Keenan Allen, who hauled-in a team-high 98 receptions for 1,343 yards. The defense will be anchored by defensive back Josh Hill and linebacker David Wilkerson, who are both coming off stellar performances in 2011.
The odds to win the conference for the rest of the teams in the PAC-12 are Stanford at 25/1, Arizona and Utah at 35/1, UCLA at 40/1, Arizona State and Washington State at 50/1, Oregon State at 60/1, and Colorado at 100/1.
Complete Pac 12 Odds
Arizona State 50/1
Washington State 50/1
Oregon State 60/1
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