The Pac-12 Conference looks to be a three-horse race between Utah, Oregon and Washington, with the Utes having the easiest time reaching the conference title game and as a result, are the favorites to win the Pac-12. The battle between the Ducks and Huskies will be a fun one to watch, but right now, have to give a nod to the Quack Attack, who returns Justin Herbert at quarterback and linebacker Troy Dye. The Huskies lose nine starters on defense and their quarterback duties will be taken over by Jacob Eason, who beat out Jake Haener for the starting QB job in a tighter-than-expected race, but Washington does get to host both Oregon and Utah.
Washington State and Stanford both have decent football teams and will keep the Ducks and Huskies on their toes, but appear to be a little behind the top two teams in the North, while USC looks to be the one team capable of taking the top team in the South away from Utah.
We’ll look at the odds from 5Dimes as of Aug. 24.
Odds to Win the 2019 Pac-12 Conference Championship
With some of the other conferences I’ve taken teams such as Utah, who have the easiest path to the championship game. After all, you have to reach the title game before you can win it, but don’t believe the Utes will be able to get past the North winner, so will take a shot on the Ducks in this one.
Odds to Win the Pac-12 North Division
One of the things that caught my attention early were the National Championship odds, where Washington is +5000 and the Oregon Ducks are +3300, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense that UW has lower odds in both the conference and division, while the Ducks are quite a bit lower to win it all. Anthony Gordon looks to have won the starting QB job for Washington State over Gage Gubrud, and he’s the more patient quarterback of the two, even though Gubrud probably has more natural ability.
Odds to Win the Pac-12 South Division
It’s practically impossible to play the Utes at those odds, which basically leaves USC if you want to take a stand against Utah, but not really inclined to do so. For a real long shot, you could probably do worse than UCLA, which may surprise a few people this season.