College Football Betting Trends- 2013 Pac-12 BCS Futures
Bovada has yet to release its futures odds for each individual major conference for the upcoming 2013 college football season, but using its updated 2013 BCS title odds as a guide, we can still project which teams will most likely open as the possible favorites, contenders and longshots to win the Pac-12 title next season.
The Oregon Ducks have been one of the elite programs in the Pac-12 over the past few seasons making it all the way to the national title game in 2010 and ending last season’s 12-1 run as the No.2 ranked team in the country. While the architect of this transformation, Chip Kelly has moved on to greener pastures in the NFL, the basic plan should remain the same with former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich taking his place. He will have nine starters back from an offense that racked-up 49.6 points a game so it is no surprise that the Ducks have been opened as 13/2 second-favorites to win a BCS title in 2013.
The only major loss is running back Kenjon Barner, but quarterback Marcus Mariota will still be at the helm. Last season he threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns while adding another 752 yards and five scores with his legs. The defense took more of a hit with only seven starters expected back from last year’s squad, but its secondary featuring All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu remains completely intact.
The Stanford Cardinal are currently listed at 18/1 to win a national title next season and appear to be the legitimate threat to Oregon running away with the Pac-12 next season. This is a program that has endured its fair share of losses including its head coach Jim Harbaugh a few years back and All-American quarterback Andrew Luck after the 2011 season, but continually finds ways to reload. Stanford is coming off a 12-2 campaign in 2012 that included a stunning 17-14 overtime victory over the Ducks that catapulted it to the Pac-12 Championship.
The offense is a bit depleted with five starters lost from that team, but it returns a good portion of an offensive line that remains one of the best in the country. Both Josh Nunes and Kevin Hogan are back after splitting time at the quarterback position but look for a few new faces to try and make their mark at some of the other skill positions. The Cardinal defense remains basically intact with 10 starters back from last season. This unit finished the season ranked 11th in the country in points allowed (17.2).
The odds drop off pretty dramatically from there with the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans having the third-lowest odds to win a BCS title for a team from the Pac-12 at 50/1. The Bruins won the South Division title last season with a 6-3 record in conference play and gave Stanford all it could handle in the championship game in a 27-24 loss.
They return eight starters on offense including quarterback Brett Hundley. He caught everyone’s attention last season as a freshman with 3,745 yards passing and 29 touchdown throws. He also exhibited excellent mobility with another 355 yards on the ground. UCLA’s defense took a hit with just six starters back from last season so there will be a bit of rebuilding involved on that side of the ball.
Last season, many experts had USC as the team to beat not only in the Pac-12 but in the country as the preseason favorite to win the BCS title. The overall talent on this team including departed quarterback Matt Barkley never came close to meeting these lofty expectations with an overall record of 7-6.
With eight starters back on both offense and defense, the Trojans have a decent nucleus of talent to build from. Max Wittek filled in nicely for an injured Barkley at the end of last season but keep an eye on Cody Kessler to challenge for the starting role at quarterback. The good news for whichever player lines up behind center is the return of All-American wide-out Marquise Lee, who led the team with 1,721 yards receiving and 14 touchdown catches last year.
The BCS title futures odds for a few other teams in the Pac-12 include Oregon State and Washington at 100/1 and Arizona and California at 200/1.
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