College Football Betting Trends- 2013 Futures Odds to Win the Pac-12
We are now less than two months away from the start of the 2013 college football season and 5Dimes has recently updated its futures odd to win this season’s conference title for all the Majors. To keep you up to speed in the Pac-12, College Football Betting Trends will take a look at a few of the top contenders to win this season’s title from both the North and South Division.
Pac-12 North Division
The Oregon Ducks breathed a sigh of relief the other week after avoiding any postseason bans as part of the NCAA sanctions that were imposed for past recruiting violations. They can now focus on winning the Pac-12 this season as+190 favorites after coming-up short in a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford last season that not only cost them the conference title but a perfect season and berth in the BCS title game.
Former Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich has been handed the reins as head coach in place of Chip Kelly, who assumed that role with Philadelphia in the NFL. He will have plenty of talent to work with on offense with nine starters back from last year’s squad. Marcus Mariota will look to pick-up where he left off as a freshman after throwing for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns while using his legs to add 752 yards and five scores on the ground. The Ducks only return seven starters on defense but the entire secondary remains intact.
The Stanford Cardinal did not miss a beat last season after a mass exodus of talent form their 2011 roster to post a 12-2 record overall that included a closer than expected 27-24 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 title game and a thrilling 20-14 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Stanford will have far less holes to fill this season as a +475 second-favorite to win the conference with 10 starters back from a defense that ended the 2012 season ranked 11th in the nation is points allowed; giving-up an average of 17.2 points a game. It will have seven starters back on offense including most pieces of an offensive line that was anchored by All-American tackle David Yankey. Kevin Hogan will open the season as the Cardinal’s starting quarterback. He also has the distinction of being the team’s leading rusher that is back from last season after running for 263 yards in 2012.
The odds to win the Pac-12 for the rest of the teams in the North Division start with Oregon State at +950, Washington at +1400 and California and Washington State at +5000.
Pac-12 South Division
Expectation levels for the USC Trojans before the start of the 2012 season were through the roof but a solid start gave way to a mid-season collapse. The result was a disappointing 5-4 record in conference play and a mediocre 7-6 record overall. They capped-off a very forgettable season with a 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
Matt Barkley followed Kelly to the Eagles through the draft so the Trojans will turn to Max Wittek as their new starting quarterback. Fortunately, they will have eight returning starters back from last year’s team on that side of the ball. Most notable is All-American wide receiver Maquise Lee, who earned those honors with a team-high 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. USC looks to return eight starters on defense as well. This unit was the source of some major frustration at times last season and on the average it gave-up 24.3 points a game.
The UCLA Bruins have won the South Division the last two seasons, but came up short both times in the Pac-12 title game. Last season, they gave a heavily favored Stanford team all it could handle in the championship game in a 27-24 loss. They closed-out the season with a 49-26 loss to Baylor that dropped their overall record to 9-5 on the year.
UCLA will have a number of holes to fill on offense, but it is counting heavily on Brett Hundley to keep progressing at the quarterback position after throwing for 3,745 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first season as starter. The good news is that wide receiver Shaq Evans will also be back after leading the team with 60 receptions for 877 yards. The Bruins return just six starters on defense but that might not be such a bad thing considering that unit allowed an average of 27.6 points a game last season.
The odds to win the Pac-12 title for the remaining teams in the South Division have Arizona State at +700, Arizona at +850, Utah at +1600 and Colorado at +15000.
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