The biggest stars to come out of the Pac-12 since Andrew Luck gone. The high-flyin Hawaiian is in Tennessee and the Oregon Ducks are still the odds on favorite to win the Pac-12. And the Pac-12 remains the deepest conference in all of college football with six ranked teams in all of the major polls. Now the question remains, should you bet on one those six to beat the Ducks for the Pac-12 championship?
2015 Odds to Win the Pac-12 Championship
The Oregon Ducks (13-2 SU, 10-5 ATS) won’t have Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota leading them, but oddsmakers have still installed the Ducks as the favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2015, although I don’t think they should be.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) August 29, 2015
USC (9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS) will look to get back in the national championship mix in 2015 and it could happen with the Trojans having a whopping 20 returning starters from last season’s squad. I think quarterback Cody Kessler could contend for the Heisman.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 25, 2015
The UCLA Bruins (10-3 SU, 5-8 ATS) will be without quarterback Brett Hundley after took his act on to the NFL, but the Bruins still have a whopping 18 returning starters from last season’s team, including redshirt sophomore running back Paul Perkins (1,575 yards).
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 31, 2015
The Wildcats (10-4 SU, 5-9 ATS) have one of the best young quarterbacks in the country in Ansu Solomon, not to mention Scooby Wright the best linebacker in the country.
Arizona State +600
Arizona State (10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS) will feature one of the best wide receivers in the nation in Jaelen Strong. Now, whether new starting quarterback Mike Bercovici is the answer to replace 2014 starter Taylor Kelly is the real question.
The Cardinal (8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS) had one of the very best defenses in all of college football last season. Thee cardinal should also be better on offense in 2015 with 10 returning starters, including quarterback Kevin Hogan. Stanford ranked first in points allowed last season (16.4 ppg).
The Utes (9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS) won nine games in 2014 and have an elite running back in senior Devontae Booker.
The Golden Bears (5-7 SU, 7-5 ATS) recorded just five wins in 2014 and closed out their 2014 campaign by losing three straight and six of their final seven games overall. The good news is that Cal can score the ball with the best teams in the country (38.2 ppg) and have one of the nation’s best trios, starting with quarterback Jared Goff (37 TDs, 7 Ints).
The Huskies (7-7 ATS) dropped their final three games last season to finish with just eight wins, but head coach Chris Petersen is a man that knows how to build program. I suspect it won’t be long before the Huskies are conference title contenders.
Washington State +4000
The Cougars (3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS) were absolutely disgraceful in 2014 (again) and are looking at another losing campaign in 2015 if you ask me.
Oregon State +5000
Oregon State 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 a whopping 38.6 points per game in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s two-year tenure while posting a pitiful 6-18 SU mark over the span.