Best Early 2019 PAC 12 Title Bets – July 25th Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on July 25, 2019 in

Over the past two seasons, no Power 5 conference has been a bigger disappointment than the Pac 12. The Pac 12 hasn’t had a representative in the playoffs three of the last four seasons, and the two seasons in a row. After last season, only two teams were ranked in the top 25. The Pac 12 would love nothing more than to send at least one team to the playoffs this season. Let’s preview the favorite NCAAF Betting teams and see if the Pac 12 can in fact send someone to the final four this season.

Best Early 2019 PAC 12 Title Bets – July 25th Edition

North Division

California Golden Bears

The Bears bring back an experienced group, but will that be enough? Their non-conference slate is fairly easy, but there won’t be a lot of wins for them in conference play. They’ve had some huge upsets at home over the last two seasons, and their defense should be tough, but will it be tough enough?

Oregon Ducks

Justin Herbert could’ve been the top pick in last year’s NFL draft, but he came back to Eugene to try to lead the Ducks to a national title. The Ducks return 17 starters from last year’s team. If they can stay healthy, the Ducks have a good shot at winning the Pac 12. They play Auburn in week 1, so a victory over a tough SEC team would give them some huge momentum.

Oregon State Beavers

Although they are returning many starters, they just aren’t a very strong team. Jonathan Smith returns 16 starters, so they should be better than they were last year, but we just can’t see them winning many games.

Stanford Cardinal

With just nine returning starters, the Cardinal has some work to do. The defense has a good blend of youth and experience, but other than the QB position, the offense is very inexperienced. David Shaw will keep his bunch in many games, but it could be a tougher journey than normal in Palo Alto.

Washington Huskies

Chris Peterson received a huge gift when Jacob Eason transferred in from Georgia. The offense will need to carry the Huskies, as the defensive group will be young. With Eason at the helm running Peterson’s offense, the Huskies should put up a lot of points. Look for big things from this group.

Washington State Cougars

Mike Leach always has some tricks up his sleeve. Gone is Garner Minshew, but he’s being replaced by the exciting Gage Gubrud. The toughest teams on their schedule are all road games, plus they play the Houston Cougars at a neutral site. It could be a tough year for Coach Leach.

South Division

Arizona Wildcats

Kevin Sumlin and Khalil Tate will put up some huge offensive numbers. Tate will have an inexperienced line in front of him, but he can use his legs to gain big yards. If the defense can step up, Arizona could surprise some people.

Arizona State Sun Devils

In year two of the Herm Edwards era, the Sun Devils have a quarterback competition to settle. The offense should be pretty good if they can find the right quarterback to lead them. If the young defense steps up, the Devils could contend for the South.

Colorado Buffaloes

Mel Tucker inherits a team that needs a lot of work. They have a stud receiver in Laviska Shenault, but other than that, they’re a work in progress. Tucker, a former defensive coordinator, will have a lot of work to do. It’ll be another tough year in Boulder.

UCLA Bruins

Chip Kelly is continuing to mold his program. He returns 19 starters, so they’ll be very familiar with his scheme. The schedule is one of their biggest enemies, as most of their tough Pac 12 games are on the road. This group will be better than last season, but they’re still not ready for the big time yet.

USC Trojans

USC has been a huge disappointment over the last couple of years. They’ve had numerous offensive coordinators, and things just haven’t gone their way. If new offensive coordinator, Graham Harrell, can help sophomore quarterback JT Daniels grasp the new offense, USC could contend. The defense will be strong and will need to anchor the team. Clay Helton needs to have a good year, or he could lose his job.

Utah Utes

Utah has a great group coming back. They’re especially tough on defense, returning most of a group that only gave up 20 points per game last year. Kyle Whittingham is one of the best coaches in college football, and he’ll have the Utes ready to win the South division.

Pac 12 Championship

We’re looking at a Washington vs. Utah matchup, with the Huskies taking the title. However, the Pac 12 champion won’t be good enough to make it to the college football playoffs.