If you’re looking to jumpstart your 2015 wagering season and you’re in the process of gathering as much information as possible, then you’re in for a treat. This brief Pac-12 analysis on the College football betting lines to win the conference in 2015 will both inform and entertain while giving you some insight into what could possibly lie ahead for each Pac-12 gridiron program.
2015 NCAA Football Odds to Win the Pac-12 Championship
Oregon Ducks (13-2 SU, 10-5 ATS) will have to replace 2015 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, but oddsmakers have still installed the Ducks as solid, +200 the favorites to win the Pac-12 in 2015. Maybe it’s me, but until I actually see Mariota’s replacement in action, I’m going to remain a bit skeptical about the high-scoring Ducks.
The UCLA Bruins (10-3 SU, 5-8 ATS) will also be without their starting quarterback from last season after Brett Hundley took his act on to the NFL. Still, UCLA has a whopping 18 returning starters from last season’s team, including redshirt sophomore running back Paul Perkins (1,575 yards). I’d like to see a bigger sample of quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, but when he did play last season, I thought he was pretty solid, even if he’s clearly no Brett Hundley.
USC (9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS) will look to get back in the national title hunt in 2015 and it could happen with the Trojans having a nation’s best, 20 returning starters from last season. Quarterback Cody Kessler will also have many of the young players that made up the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class at his disposal.
The Wildcats (10-4 SU, 5-9 ATS) handed the Ducks their only regular season loss last season en route to a solid 10-4 campaign and they could be even better in 2015. Thee Cats have seven returning starters on offense and one of the brightest young quarterbacks around in Ansu Solomon. Defensively, linebacker Scooby Wright is arguably the best in the country.
Arizona State +600
The Sun Devils (10-3 SU,7-6 ATS) had a fine 2014 season despite falling just short of winning the Pac 12 South by losing to Arizona in their regular season finale. Arizona State will feature one of the best wide receivers in the nation in wideout Jaelen Strong. Now, the Sun Devils will hope that new starting quarterback Mike Bercovici is the answer to replace 2014 starter Taylor Kelly.
The Cardinal (8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS) had one of the very best defenses in all of college football last season and I expect them to remain very good on that side of the ball even though they have just four returning starters. The good news for Stanford is that their underwhelming offense should be better in 2015 with 10 returning starters, including quarterback Kevin Hogan. Stanford ranked first in points allowed last season (16.4 ppg).
Utah (9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS) may not be known for its humble football program, but that could be changing after the Utes won nine games in 2014. Utah has an elite running back in senior Devontae Booker, but question marks at quarterback and on the defensive side of the ball.
The California Golden Bears (5-7 SU, 7-5 ATS) recorded a paltry five wins in 2-14 and closed out their 2014 campaign by losing three straight and six of their final seven games overall. The good news is that the Bears can score the ball like crazy (38.2 ppg) and have one of college football’s best quarterbacks in sophomore Jared Goff (37 TDs, 7 Ints) even if you haven’t hear of him just yet.
The Washington Huskies (7-7 ATS) may have dropped their final three games last season to finish with a respectable 8-6 SU mark in head coach Chris Petersen’s first season at the helm, but if you believe in the former Boise State head coach like I do, then you know that he’s going to turn his team into a perennial title contender at some point in the very near future.
Washington State +4000
The Cougars (3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS) were an absolute mess in 2014 and that was with a pretty prolific passer leading them. Now, the Cougars are facing the prospect of another losing season under head coach Mike Leach.
Oregon State +4000
The Beavers won just five games in 2014 (5-7 SU, 3-9 ATS) and have just two starters returning on a defense that gave up 31.6 points per game (98th).
The Buffaloes (2-10 SU, 6-6 ATS) lost their final eight games last season and have given up an overly generous 38.6 points per game in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s two-year tenure while going 6-18 SU over the span.