While the future of the Pac-12 is up in the air after eight teams announced their departure over the past year, the conference in its current iteration features plenty of title contenders for the 2023 college football season. The USC Trojans, led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, look to secure their first conference title since 2017 and prevent the Utah Utes winning their third straight Pac-12 championship. Other teams such as the Washington Huskies, Oregon Ducks and theUCLA Bruins all hope to make a definitive statement in their final year in the conference.
How will the Pac-12 look this fall, and what should bettors know before Week 1?
We have everything you need to know to bet on the Pac-12 ahead of the 2023 season here.
Don't sleep on what coach Jonathan Smith is building in Corvallis. The Beavers are coming off their third 10-win campaign in program history, with two of their three losses coming by a total of three points. Oregon State led the Pac-12 in total defense last season, returns four of five starters on the offensive line and should boast one of the conference's most ferocious rushing attacks led by sophomore Damien Martinez and senior Deshaun Fenwick. Oh, did I forget to mention that former Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei transferred in to take over the signal-caller duties? My bad. When examining the Beavers' schedule, they avoid USC and get to host their marquee showdowns with Utah and Washington. -- Joe Fortenbaugh
There's a reason to believe Uiagalelei finds another level in Corvallis after joining a 10-win Beavers outfit that returns four of five starting offensive linemen from a year ago. While he never met expectations at Clemson, how much of that is on him and how much of that is on former offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, who was fired after the 2022 campaign? Oregon State will be a tough out in 2023, with no USC on the schedule and home dates against Utah, UCLA and Washington. 60-1 converts to an implied probability of just 1.64%, so this is worth a bet in my opinion. -- Fortenbaugh
With a new coaching staff, a new system, little talent and a reluctance to embrace the transfer portal and NIL era, there's good reason a massive exodus of talent entered the portal after longtime head coach David Shaw stepped down. Find me four wins on Stanford's schedule ... I'll wait. I love this bet not just because I think it cashes, but because I get to troll my guy Stanford Steve in the process. -- Fortenbaugh
I like the Huskies quite a bit, but ... someone's got to lose games at the top of this conference. SP+ gives Washington a 31% chance of reaching 10-2 or higher, and the 69% chance of going under is higher than the implied odds of 59% provided by a -145 line. -- Bill Connelly
Thursday, Aug 31, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN,Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
Sept 8, 12 p.m. ET,Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. ET,Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Oct. 14,Husky Stadium, Seattle
Oct. 20,Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Nov. 10,Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
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