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College Football Betting: PAC 12 Conference Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 8/4/2015 1:26:21 AM

By all appearances it looks like USC is back, and with that the PAC 12 suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Meanwhile Oregon and Stanford are not standing idly by letting the Trojans reemerge and UCLA will also have something to say about who will win what is considered to be the second best conference in America.

USC Trojans

Odds to win PAC 12: +200

For the Trojans it starts with senior quarterback Cody Kessler. He was awesome last season and will be protected by a line that has all five starters from a year ago returning. USC is making some changes at the skill positions but they have been recruiting well and all of their backs and receiver have lots of potential. On defense they return seven starters and should be very stout up front. Linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Adoree Jackson are phenomenal athletes who are among the best at their positions in America. Jackson plays offense too.

Oregon Ducks

+275

Oregon is not entirely sure who is going to replace Marcus Mariota at quarterback this season, transfer Vernon Adams Jr. or one of Mariota’s backups. No matter who it is the style of play is not going to change and the Ducks are blessed with loads talent at running back and receiver. The line will have to reload but they usually have a system advantage against most opponents. Defensively they lost some star power in the back seven but up front DeForest Buckner and Christian French can be a formidable rush duo.

UCLA Bruins

+500

With the Trojans not their usual selves the Bruins have filled the gap in L.A. and in the PAC 12. Even though they have had success against USC of late they have not been able to get over the hump and win the conference. This year they return every offensive starter except for quarterback Brett Hundley helped turn around the program and now they are hoping that freshman Josh Rosen can keep it moving forward. Nine returning starters on defense say it won’t be all on him though.

Stanford Cardinal

+600

Stanford fell to just eight wins last season. The fact that statement is true shows just how high this program has been flying of late. This season they like their chances for a rebound thanks to a very experienced quarterback in Kevin Hogan and a defense that can be just as dominating as it was a year ago when it led the conference in a lot key stats. The difference for this team will be increasing their efficiency on offense. If they can do that the North will come down to the annual tilt between them and Oregon which is how Stanford likes it.

Projected Standings:

PAC 12 North

1. Stanford

2. Oregon

3. California

4. Washington

5. Washington State

6. Oregon State

PAC 12 South

1. USC

2. UCLA

3. Arizona

4. Utah

5. Arizona State

6. Colorado

Best Bet: USC

Best Value: Stanford

I am buying the hype on the return of USC to prominence this season. The talent is there for this to be a very scary squad. In the North, Stanford is a serious threat. Their defense is legit and they host Oregon. They do get a tough draw from the South though and that could be the difference in who represents the division in the title game. .

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