It’s sad really. The “Conference of Champions” is a year away from breaking up as USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Washington head to the Big 10. Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah are headed to the Big 12. The aftermath has left the conference with just four members after winning 500 combined overall championships in its history. The question remains, what is the future of the conference? Are we watching the demise of the Pac-12 or perhaps the end of the Mountain West Conference, whose teams would be the likely option to replace the eight schools who took the money and ran? Let’s focus on right now with our 2023 Pac-12 Football Championship Spreads.
Pac-12 Odds: Teams That Will Not Compete for Title
The most interesting aspect of the Stanford Cardinal (+15000) program is watching their band for three hours. Trust us if you’ve never been to Palo Alto, you’ll see some things from those individuals that is not the action of a normal college band.
In their last four seasons under Head Coach David Shaw, the Cardinal are just 14-27 and 10-23 in the Pac-12. Shaw was replaced by former Sacramento State headman, Troy Taylor, who is expected to open up the offense. Stanford is 5-18 ATS (-1331 units) over the last two seasons. Their NCAA football scores may show Stanford with a more competitive offense but they will not win the Pac-12.
Arizona State is also breaking in a new coach with former Oregon Duck offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham taking over. The Sun Devils were 3-9 in 2022 and are +10000 to win the Pac-12. It appears that freshman quarterback Jaden Rashada will start against Southern Utah after being listed as the third QB in the Spring. Former Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne would have been under center but a hamstring injury has kept him off the field for almost two weeks. A
SU is 10-13 ATS since 2021. Former Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders is the new head coach for the Colorado Buffaloes (+10000) after a successful run at Jackson State. Not only are the Buffs experiencing massive turnover on their coaching staff, but their roster is filled with different names including quarterback Shedeur Sanders who is the son of the head coach. Colorado was 2-10 ATS last season. These teams have no chance of cashing 2023 2023 Pac-12 Football Championship Spreads wagers.Dallas
Pac-12 Odds: Everything Must Go Right for These Five
For Oregon State (+1200), UCLA (+1200), Washington State(+4000), Arizona (+8000), and California (+8000) the stars must align just right to be in the Pac-12 Title conversation. The Golden Bears have to improve defensively after allowing 27.8 points per game in 2022.
They’ll welcome new offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and quarterback Sam Jackson V who has talent to work with. Cal is 13-9 ATS over the last two seasons. The Arizona Wildcats are happy with how they’ve played on defense in the Spring, always the first step to getting a program to a bowl game, something the Cats haven’t achieved since 2017.
Jedd Fisch is in his second season after a 1-11 2022. Arizona is 10-13 ATS (-391 units) over the last two seasons. Washington State has been a friend for bettors, covering 16 of their last 24 games while winning 14 of 25 straight-up in that span. The Cougars have been invited to play in a bowl game seven times over the last eight seasons.
Their success will lean on the play and health of quarterback Cameron Ward. Gone is signal caller Dorian Thompson-Robinson who took his talents to Cleveland to play for the Browns. Head Coach Chip Kelly has to determine who will attempt to fill DTR’s statistical shoes but if the Bruins can get close to the production they got over the last five seasons, they may make some noise in the conference. UCLA is 18-13-1 ATS since 2020.
Oregon State is likely one season away from a title run but you never know after a 10-win season in 2022. The Beavers have a terrific offensive line but will have turnover on defense. For the betting public, OSU is among the conference’s most reliable teams to bet on with a 29-14 ATS record since 2019. You may find any of these teams sprinkled about the NCAA Football rankings in 2023, with at least one (Oregon State) being worth a 2023 Pac-12 Football Championship Spreads wager.
Pac-12 Odds Preview: Last Chance for Conference Big Boys
No one wants to see Utah (+600), Washington (+320), Oregon (+320), or USC (+200) on their NCAAF schedule, which is why every one of the 2022 favorites is an attractive option for the Big 10 and Big 12. Here we go, one last chance to claim one final title.
One of these teams will win the final Pac-12 title as we know it. Utah, the two-time defending champions, returns 14 starters but quarterback Cameron Rising’s health will determine if the Utes can make it three straight. Kyle Whittingham’s team has produced a profit for bettors in every season since 2016, producing a 50-34 ATS record.
Only four other teams (Penn State, Tulane, Fresno State, Oklahoma State) have been better against the number. The Huskies return explosive quarterback Michael Penix Jr. who led the nation’s second-ranked offense in 2022. Most of Washington’s weapons return. The Huskies had their first winning season against the spread (7-5) since the 2019 season.
Oregon won 10 games under Dan Lanning after getting blasted against the Georgia Bulldogs (41-3) to start his first season. The team responded around quarterback Bo Nix who threw for just under 3600 yards. The Ducks will have plenty of weapons to work with and are a legitimate threat to the conference title. Oregon produced their first winning season (7-5) against the spread after two straight losing years.
USC is the favorite to win the Pac-12 but there are holes that need to be plugged on the defensive end. Quarterback Caleb Williams will attempt to win a second Heisman Trophy and is the projected first player to be taken in the 2024 NFL draft.
The Trojans are surprisingly -350 to not make the College Football playoffs. Last year was the first winning season (8-6) against the spread since 2016 for USC. To conclude our 2023 Pac-12 Football Championship Spreads, we’re going with Oregon (+320) to win the final Pac-12 title. We wish you nothing but the best with your wagers this College Football season.