Betting Pac-12 Football: Three-horse race out West
Oregon and USC are listed as 9/4 co-favorites to win the Pac-12, with Washington right there in the mix as well. Washington State is a distant fourth, and it remains to be seen how successful they'll be with a new head coach in Nick Rolovich, especially since the Cougs (and everyone) will be getting off to a slow start as far as practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. It helps to have an established coaching regime in place and plenty of returners.
USC and Oregon are both listed as 9/4 co-favorites to win the 2020 Pac-12 title and they'll meet in Week 10 from Eugene. (AP)
What makes USC a little more attractive than Oregon is experience at quarterback. The Ducks are replacing QB Justin Herbert under center, as he is off to play on Sundays. The Trojans had QB Kedon Slovis light it up in 2019, coming on as an injury replacement, and now he looks like the next great USC gunslinger. Washington is another team with a coaching regime change after Chris Petersen stepped down, so Jimmy Lake takes over. That's another reason to like the Trojans over everyone.
2020 Pac-12 Championship Game Odds
How to read Futures OddsAmerican: Oregon +225
Fractional: Oregon 9/4
Decimal: Oregon 3.25
Implied Probability: Oregon 30.8%
Bettors placing a $100 wager Oregon would win $325 (Bet $100 to win $225), which includes your $100 stake.
Oregon and USC are both listed at 40/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $4,000) to win the College Football Playoff while Washington is priced at 100/1 odds.
Where to Bet 2020 Pac 12 Football
2020 Pac-12 Long Shots
Utah (9/1) always seems to find a way to be a thorn in everyone's side and be right there when the dust settles. Last season they not only had conference championship hopes late into the season, but they legitimately had a chance at a playoff spot until things fell apart in November. The Utes are well coached and they're always a tough out.
Arizona State (10/1) also looks like a rather attractive play. Yes, they lose WR Brandon Aiyuk to the NFL ranks, but dual-threat QB Jayden Daniels looks like a potential star for head coach Herm Edwards. He needs to be a superstar, as Sparky also lost RB Eno Benjamin to the pros. Still, Arizona State has a legit chance of winning the Pac-12 South. The bad news is that AZ State has to travel to both USC and Oregon, as well as finishing up on the road against rival Arizona. That's a tough road to overcome.
UCLA (33/1) got off to a horrific start last season, but they were a major pain in the second half of the season, showing some signs of life with QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson at the helm. DTR can be a dangerous offensive weapon when he is healthy, but head coach Chip Kelly just needs to find some more playmakers to surround his mercurial quarterback. The good news for the Bruins is that their toughest road game is at Arizona State on Oct. 10, and it's downhill after that. All of their toughest games will take place at the Rose Bowl, where they have a decent chance to make some noise.
2020 Pac-12 Win Totals2020 College Football Win Totals Odds Arizona Wildcats: Over 4½ -160 Under 4½ +140
Arizona State Sun Devils: Over 8 +125 Under 8 -145
California Golden Bears: Over 7 -110 Under 7 -110
Colorado Buffaloes: Over 3 -120 Under 3 +100
Oregon Ducks: Over 9½ -130 Under 9½ +110
Oregon State Beavers: Over 5½ +115 Under 5½ -135
Southern California Trojans: Over 8 -130 Under 8 +110
Stanford Cardinal: Over 5½ -110 Under 5½ -110
UCLA Bruins: Over 5½ -150 Under 5½ +130
Utah Utes: Over 8½ -115 Under 8½ -105
Washington Huskies: Over 8½ -120 Under 8½ +100
Washington State Cougars: Over 6 -130 Under 6 +110
Pac-12 Win Totals to Watch
UCLA has a rather favorable schedule which makes an Over 5½ (-150) bet look pretty tasty. They should win their opener against New Mexico State. They have road games at Hawaii and at San Diego State, both winnable games, before they welcome Stanford for the conference opener. They also travel to Colorado and Oregon State, which are a pair of winnable games, and they get rival USC at home in late November. This team might not be an eight-win team, but six wins doesn't look like a daunting task. UCLA should go bowling based on their easy schedule, and that would cash an Over ticket.
Rolovich takes over for Washington State in Pullman, as head coach Mike Leach will try his hand at SEC football at Mississippi State. We'll learn a lot about the Cougs in the opener at Utah State on Sept. 3. If they fall in that one, look out. Houston is no pushover in Game 2 on Sept. 12, and tough road games at Stanford, Colorado and Utah look like tall orders late in the season. The good news is Wazzu gets Arizona State, Oregon, Utah and Washington all at home. But they have to replace QB Anthony Gordon, and it remains to be seen if Rolovich will have the Midas touch with quarterbacks like Leach did on the Palouse. Therefore Under 6 (-130) is the sound play here.
Oregon State could be a deep, deep sleeper to make a postseason appearance. Over 5½ (+115) seems like a value play, even though the Beavs have to replace QB Jake Luton. While they also lost RB Artavis Pierce to graduation, RB Jermar Jefferson is a legit star and he will keep opposing defensive coordinators from getting a lot of sleep before gameday. He ranks 12th on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,065 rushing yards, and he totaled 10 touchdowns while splitting time in 2019. WR Isaiah Hodgins is also a tremendous downfield threat which will ease the transition for whomever inherits the starting job under center between QBs Tristan Gebbia or Chance Nolan.
How do I bet Win Totals?
College Football Win Totals can be grouped into future wagers since you’re betting on the outcome of a school over the course of a season and its production. Oddsmakers set a number prior to the season on how many wins a team will finish with at the end of their regular season schedule.
The majority of college football teams play 12 games and Win Total wagers do not include postseason matchups. Those matchups include conference title contests, bowls or playoff games. Some sportsbooks have rules on these wagers where a team must play ‘all’ 12 regular season games or the wager is void. It’s not uncommon to see games postponed throughout the season due to weather in the United States.
After the number is set, you either bet ‘over’ or ‘under’ on the Win Total. The number of wins is created to get the most two-way action for over and under wagers and if the sportsbook believes one side will receive more action, they normally add a higher tax (juice) on that wager.
Example: Arizona Wildcats Over 4½ (-160)
Instead of making Arizona Over 5 wins, the oddsmakers will make bettors lay $160 to win $100 for the Wildcats to finish with records of 5-7 or better to cash Over 4½ tickets. Since the Win Total on Arizona isn't a whole number, an 'over' or 'under' result will take place. However, if a team lands exactly on its Win Total then the bet is refunded since its considered a 'tie' or what many call a 'push' in the sports betting industry.
Pac-12 Game of the Year Odds
Game of the Year Odds in college football are easy to understand and it gives bettors the ability to place early wages on anticipated matchups for the upcoming college football season. Sportsbooks are currently offering point-spreads and money-line wagers for the Game of the Year odds and once you lock in your bet, that's the line you'll keep regardless of what happens between the time that you placeed the wager and up until kickoff.
The Pac-12 currently has 34 games highlighted for bettors for the 2020 college football season, featuring both non-conference and conference matchups.
Must See Non-Conference Matchups
Must See Pac-12 Matchups
2020 Pac-12 Game of the Year Odds Matchups
2020 Pac-12 Heisman Trophy Contenders
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college football and it's become a popular betting market. Prior to and during the regular season, oddsmakers open and adjust their numbers on the top contenders and some of the returns have been very generous.2020 Heisman Trophy Odds
The Pac-12 has captured the Heisman Trophy in 2014 when quarterback Marcus Mariota of Oregon took home the award. Prior to that win, the Pac-12 last won the award 15 years ago when USC won in three of four years from 2002 to 2005.
The conference doesn't have many front-runners this season, but QBs Kedon Slovis of USC and KJ Costello of Stanford appear to be the players to watch at 33/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $3,300).
Odds to win 2020 Heisman Trophy(Position, Pac-12 Player, School, Odds)
What is the Pac-12 Championship?
The Pac-12 conference welcomed in Utah and Colorado prior to the 2011 season, as the league debuted its conference championship that season. The league split into two divisions with the North consisting of California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, and Washington State, while the South displays Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah. The venue for the championship game changes each season as the division champion with the best record hosted the contest from 2011-13.
From 2014 to 2019, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California hosted the championship game. The conference has changed the venue to the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada which is the new home of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders.
Stanford and Oregon have both won the Pac-12 championship three times while Washington is the only other school with multiple titles (2).
Pac-12 Championship Game Betting History
Favorites have gone 7-2 straight up (SU) in the first nine Pac-12 championship games but underdogs have posted a 5-4 record against the spread (ATS). The underdog covered in each of the first three Pac-12 title games, even though the favorite won outright in each instance.
Total bettors have watched the 'over' go 5-4.