2021 Football Preview – PAC 12 Handicapping
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Teams like USC and Arizona State are definitely on the rise, but as of right now, the Oregon Ducks are the best team in this conference with the Trojans being a close 2nd.
I know it is still early, but I could definitely see Oregon and USC squaring off in the PAC-12 Title game. I have a hard time believing that the Ducks would be an underdog to anybody in this conference.
A few questions pop into my head when looking at this conference. The first one is how will Oregon do now that Tyler Shough is no longer on the team? We know this team is loaded on offense, but it will interesting to see how well the quarterback play will be. The second one involves Arizona State. Is this finally the year where coach Herm Edwards leads this Sun Devils team to the top of the South? A game that could determine that is when USC travels to Tempe.
2021 PAC 12 Conference Predictions Value Bet: Utah +1400
Utah may not be a team that is being talked about all that much, but let us not forget that they represented the South in the 2018 and 2019 title games. I definitely think there is some value with the Utes this year, even if they are a longshot.
In both of those trips, the Utes came up short, but maybe this is the year where their fortunes can change. Charlie Brewer, former QB at Baylor, is now under center for Utah. I liked what I saw from his last year and I think he can have success with this Utah Program. A very important game on their schedule is when they visit USC on October 9th. If they could win that game, Utah would be in good position to to make the PAC-12 Title game for the third time in four years.
Of Course Oregon and USC are 2 teams that people are looking to bet to win this conference, but if you are looking for another team, Utah brings much better value than a team like the Sun Devils for example.
2021 PAC 12 Conference Predictions Best Pick: USC +275
USC has very high expectations this year as Kedon Slovis is back under center. The trojans also have a variety of weapons for receivers. One big loss for this team is receiver Amon- Ra St. Brown. To me, they still have plenty of talent at that position.
One advantage that this team has is they are not scheduled to face off against Oregon or Washington when they place the North division. This is huge to not have to take on those 2 teams during the regular season.
Every other school in the South will have to face either Washington or Oregon. I definitely feel that USC can make it to the conference championship game and win it, so I really like them at +275.
2021 PAC 12 Conference Predictions: Long Shot Bet: Cal +4000
Cal is definitely not on a lot of people’s radar, but I would not totally rule them out. They clearly need to do a better job with scoring points. The offense only scored 20 points per game a season ago. On the other hand, their defense is a real strength for the team. A lot of players come back on their defense, including linebacker Kuony Deng who happened to be the teams leading tackler. Of course, they will not be able to win just based on their defensive prowess, but if they can improve on offense, this team has a chance here.
Clearly the oddsmakers are not giving a lot of credit to Cal based on their odds, but this team definitely thinks they have a chance to go far this year. This team has set a very high standard for themselves for 2021. Justin Wilcox has done a good job with this defense and Bill Musgrave will be back for his second season with the offense. Cal has the chance to be a very balanced team.
2021 PAC 12 Conference Predictions Unlikely Bet: Arizona State +450
I definitely think the Sun Devils can be a good team this year and I like Coach Herm Edwards and the culture he has built. However, let us not forget that this squad is only 6-7 in league games over the past couple years. They still have a lot of work to do if they wish to be considered an elite program.
A big test for them comes in November when they have to square off against USC and Washington consecutively. It would definitely surprise some folks if they would emerge victorious in those games.
Arizona State has not shown me enough yet for me to put them as one of the top teams in this conference. Because of that, I do not see much value with them at +450 to win this thing.
2021 PAC 12 Conference Futures Betting Odds
- Oregon +275
- USC +275
- Washington +325
- Arizona State +450
- UCLA +1200
- Utah +1400
- Stanford +1500
- Colorado +2500
- Washington State +2500
- California +4000
- Oregon State +6000
- Arizona +10000
2021 PAC 12 Conference Predictions: Money on USC and Oregon (Bet Now at any of our Reviewed Online Sportsbooks!)
For the second straight year, the Ducks and Trojans are your top 2 betting favorites to win the PAC 12. This should not come to a surprise since they are the best 2 teams.
These 2 teams get a lot of attention and deservedly so, but I expect to see strong seasons from teams such as Utah, Washington, and Arizona State. There should be lots of exciting games that take place in the PAC 12 this season.
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