The Oregon Ducks will be starting the 2015 college football season without Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, and that has them behind the USC Trojans at +275 on the conference championship odds in Pac-12 futures betting at BetOnline.
The Ducks were simply dominant during the second half of the 2014 season, averaging over 50 points per game while winning nine straight, SU and ATS, including a 51-13 thrashing of the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Championship Game, easily covering as 14.5-point favorites.
However, Oregon would eventually meet their match in the College Football Championship Game, where they were pounded 42-20 by the Ohio State Buckeyes despite being pegged as six-point favorites at the sportsbooks.
Mariota’s departure for the NFL Draft creates a big hole in the Ducks’ backfield, giving hope to a number of Pac-12 squads around Oregon on the college football futures at BetOnline.
And that includes the +200 Trojans, who look to recover from a season of inconsistency in 2014, posting a 9-4 overall record, 6-3 against Pac-12 rivals, with three of their four SU losses coming as betting favorites. The Trojans were particularly disappointing down the stretch, going 2-4 ATS in their last six games to finish with a 7-6 ATS record.
The UCLA Bruins finished the 2014 season with a disappointing 6-3 record in conference play after opening their campaign as the only serious threat to the favored Ducks in Pac-12 betting. Despite their struggles, the Bruins have maintained oddsmaker confidence ahead of the 2015 season as a +450 bet at BetOnline to claim their first conference title since 1998.
The Stanford Cardinal are then at +650 on the Pac-12 odds at BetOnline, with Arizona State at +700, and Washington State at +1000. The Wildcats, who handed the Ducks their only regular season loss, a 31-24 victory in Oregon as heavy 21.5-point underdogs, sit back at +1200 in Pac-12 futures betting at BetOnline.
Oregon didn't make it to the Pac-12 Championship Game last season, losing out on a tiebreaker for a berth in the matchup to Stanford. However, the Ducks are still sitting as the favorites on the odds to win the Pac-12 championship in the upcoming season at the sportsbooks.
Oregon is the 11/10 favorite at [custom:bovada-link] on the odds to win the Pac-12 championship in 2014 after they went 7-2 in conference play last season but lost out on a berth in the conference title game on a tiebreaker with the Cardinal. Stanford topped Arizona State 38-14 in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season.
UCLA is then at 11/4 on the Pac-12 championship odds at [custom:bovada-link], with USC at 5/1, Stanford at 6/1, Arizona State at 12/1, Washington at 14/1, and Arizona at 33/1. The Sun Devils had the best conference record in the Pac-12 last season, winning eight of their nine conference matchups.
Oregon State is also at 33/1 on those 2014 Pac-12 championship odds at [custom:bovada-link], with Utah at 66/1, Washington State at 75/1, and both Colorado and California at 200/1. The Golden Bears went winless in their nine Pac-12 contests last season.
2014 Odds to Win the Pac-12 Championship at [custom:bovada-link] as of August 18:
Arizona State 12/1
Oregon State 33/1
Washington State 75/1
2014 Odds to Win the Pac-12 North Division at [custom:bovada-link] as of August 18:
Oregon State 14/1
Washington State 33/1
2014 Odds to Win the Pac-12 South Division at [custom:bovada-link] as of August 18:
Arizona State 7/2
The Oregon Ducks may have a new head coach at the helm after Chip Kelly jumped ship to the NFL, but they remain not only the favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2013 but one of the top favorites to win the BCS championship
Oregon (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 13/2)
New head coach Mark Helfrich inherits a Ducks team that went 12-1 straight-up last season overall and 8-1 SU in conference play. They were 8-5 against the spread with a 4-1 ATS record on the road.
Stanford (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 16/1)
Last season’s Pac-12 champs were 12-2 SU overall and 8-1 SU in the conference. The Cardinal were 9-5 ATS and the total stayed UNDER in nine of the 14 games.
UCLA (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 50/1)
The Bruins won the Pac-12 South Division at 6-3 SU and they posted a 9-5 SU record overall. They were 8-5 ATS and the total went OVER in nine of 13 games.
USC (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 50/1)
After opening the 2012 season as many experts' favorite to win the BCS title, the Trojans stumbled their way to a 7-6 mark SU and a costly 3-10 record ATS. They were 0-6 ATS on the road.
Oregon State (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 100/1)
The Beavers were 6-3 SU in Pac-12 play last season and 9-4 SU overall. They went 8-5 ATS and remained a strong play at home with a 5-2 record ATS.
Washington (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 150/1)
The Huskies covered in five of six home games and were 8-5 ATS overall. They finished 2012 with an overall record of 7-6 SU and a 5-4 SU record in the conference.
California (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 200/1)
The Golden Bears won just two Pac-12 games last season SU and they had a 1-2 SU record in non-conference games. They were also 3-9 ATS overall and 1-6 ATS at home.
Arizona (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] 250/1)
The Wildcats scored 38.2 points a game while giving up an average of 35.3 so it is no surprise that nine of their 12 games went OVER the total last year. They were 8-5 SU and 6-7 ATS.
Arizona State (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] OFF)
The Sun Devils covered as favorites in seven of eight games but they were just 1-3-1 ATS as underdogs. Overall, they went 8-5 SU (8-4-1 ATS) with a 5-4 SU record in conference play.
Utah (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] OFF)
The Utes covered in four of their six home games but went 1-5 ATS on the road. They finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 5-7 SU and they were 3-6 SU in the Pac-12.
Washington State (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] OFF)
The Cougars won just one conference game in 2012 SU and were 3-9 SU overall. They had a 5-7 ATS record overall and were 0-3 ATS as favorites.
Colorado (Odds to win BCS Championship at [custom:bovada-link] OFF)
It was another miserable season in the Pac-12 for the Buffaloes with a 1-11 SU record overall and a 1-8 SU record in conference play. They went 3-9 ATS.