The Pac-12 Conference announced on July 10 that they were moving to a conference-only format in 2020. This week, the conference unveiled the 2020 schedule, and that will start a betting bonanza on Pac-12 action.
Every team in the Pac-12 will play five games at home as well as playing five games on the road. Each team will also have a bye week in their schedule, and there is additional time built-in to the end of the season.
Games are set to begin on September 26, and the Pac-12 Championship Game will be played on either December 18 or 19. The regular season will conclude on December 5, but December 12 can be used as a makeup date for games that are canceled because of COVID-19.
The league also announced that the Pac-12 title game would be hosted at the regular-season champion’s home field rather than being played on a neutral site. Pac-12 and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas have agreed to a deal that will see the game be played there in 2021 and 2022.
Odds to Win Pac-12 Conference
The Oregon Ducks are the early favorites to win the Pac-12 Conference this season, and they are the defending champions. USC is close behind the Ducks, and each team could win their respective divisions.
Now that the news schedules have been announced, these odds will change slightly, but Oregon and USC will remain the two favorites. Washington and Utah are both expected to challenge for the Pac-12 title as well, and they are next up on the list.
Here are the current odds to win the Pac-12 Conference:
Arizona State +1000
Washington State +1500
Oregon State +7500
Any CFB Title Contenders?
Even though the Pac-12 Conference is expected to have several good teams this season, oddsmakers don’t like their chances to win a National Championship. FanDuel Sportsbook has National Champion odds on their site, and you have to scroll down a ways to find the first Pac-12 team.
Clemson (+250) is the early title favorite according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and Ohio State (+280) is next on the list. Four different teams from the SEC are next on the list, and the winner of that league should be included in the field.
Oregon is listed at +4200 to win the College Football Playoffs, and USC is listed at +5000. These are the two Pac-12 teams with the shortest odds, and the next Pac-12 team is way down on the list.
Slovis a Slim Chance at Heisman
USC quarterback Kedon Slovis is considered a Heisman Trophy contender this season, and he will likely give the Pac-12 Conference the best chance to win the award. Slovis is listed at +3500 at FanDuel Sportsbook, and that is the 11th best odds to win the coveted award.
Other players can emerge during the season, but the Pac-12 will likely need to put a team in the College Football Playoffs to get some recognition.