NCAA Football Handicapping: Odds to Win PAC-12 Championship
|05/31/2011 12:54 PM|
The PAC-10 is no longer with Colorado and Utah joining to create the two-division PAC-12. The conference will play a nine-game schedule with five contests within the division. The four California schools (Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA) will face off every season despite being separated in North and South divisions. USC is not eligible to compete for a conference crown but games against the Trojans do count. The team with the best conference record will host the title game on December 3.
Oregon is the odds on favorite to win the North Division and conference crown. The Ducks play five of their nine conference games in Eugene including rival Oregon State. Oregon will however travel to Stanford, who is priced as the second betting entry in the North. The Cardinal also play five league home games. Not helping its cause, Washington State will play only three true home league games with a "semi-neutral" tilt against Oregon State slated for Seattle. On the flip side, the Beavers benefit tremendously by not only play the Cougars in Seattle but grabbing five true home games. OSU also gets an added boost by playing California on the road. The Golden Bears will play their home games at San Francisco's AT&T Park (30-40 min drive from campus) while Memorial Stadium gets a facelift. Because Cal scheduled Colorado prior to the conference's realignment, this year's meeting in Boulder will be considered a non-conference game.
In the South, Utah is the surprising betting favorite (+125) followed by Arizona State (+150) who is projected to return 19 starters. The Utes play five conference home tilts but return only 12 starters. Arizona has an intriguing schedule with contenders Stanford, Oregon and Utah all headed to Tucson. Odds courtesy of The Greek.