Pac-12 Football Odds: 2020 CFB preview

As the college football season enters Week 10, the Pac-12 rejoins the fray, and the conference is wasting little time, with two key Pac-12 odds matchups taking place this weekend.

Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to provide a look at the Pac-12 odds for Week 10 and for the rest of the 2020 college football season.

It’s time to get cozy and settle in for one of the best times of the year. When it’s late on Saturday and you need a game to chase, who’s always there for you, baby? That’s right. It’s the Pac-12. We only get a six-game slate this year, but that’s more than a few weekends to toss back another beer after midnight, wipe your bleary eyes and pray for the backdoor cover.

The Pac-12 is jumping right into conference play, so teams will need to come out of the gate ready. With that in mind, let’s fire up the website and check out some of the futures prices that might be worth some of your cash.

Pac-12 Football Odds: Futures

Southern Cal (+200), Oregon (+200), Washington (+400), Utah (+700), Arizona State (+1200), Stanford (+1200), Washington State (+2000), UCLA (+2500), California (+2500), Arizona (+3300), Oregon State (+6600), Colorado (+10000)

Here’s a shocker: USC is a +200 co-favorite to win the conference. It seems like the Trojans are almost always in this spot, doesn’t it? Kedon Slovis returns at quarterback after taking over for J.T. Daniels, and he delivered in 2019, tossing 30 touchdown passes. The Trojans’ defense will be interesting to watch. Todd Orlando was fired from Texas after producing some of the worst units in school history, but now he’s running the show in Los Angeles. If he’s been able to make some necessary adjustments, USC could be a force.

Oregon also sits at +200 to win the Pac-12, and while much of the focus has been on the absence of Justin Herbert, the defending Rose Bowl Champions should be able to re-load with a stable of young talent. Tyler Shough is the Ducks new signal-caller, but young defensive studs like Mykael Wright and Kayvon Thibodeaux should continue making sure that Oregon has one of the best defensive squads in the country.

If you’re feeling Washington, the Huskies have the second-best odds to claim the conference crown, and it’s tough to know what to make of them. Jimmy Lake steps into the head coaching role after running the Washington defense for the past four seasons, and he’s got some talent to work with on that side of the football. The issue is at quarterback, where Lake still hasn’t named a starter, though graduate transfer Kevin Thomson or redshirt freshman Dylan Morris likely to get the call.

If you’re not a futures person, then not to worry. We’ve got a few of the games that should catch your eye this weekend.

Pac-12 Football Odds: Week 10 Schedule

12:00 p.m. ET: Arizona State (+310 ML) at #22 Southern Cal (-420 ML). USC -11. O/U 56.5
3:30 p.m. ET: Arizona (+440 ML) at Utah (-715). Utah -14. O/U 57
7:00 p.m. ET: UCLA (-245 ML) at Colorado (+195 ML). UCLA -7. O/U 55.5
7:30 p.m. ET: Stanford (+255 ML) at #12 Oregon (-335 ML). UofO -8. O/U 50.5
10:30 p.m. ET: Washington State (+100 ML) at Oregon State (-122 ML). OSU -2. O/U 65
10:30 p.m. ET: Washington (-109 ML) at California (-112 ML). Cal -0.5. O/U 43

Arizona State (0-0) at #20 USC (0-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Southern Cal -420, Arizona State +310
Spread: Southern Cal -11
Over/Under: 56.5 points

The Sun Devils keep adding NFL names to their coaching roster, with Herm Edwards bringing in both Marvin Lewis and Antonio Pierce as co-defensive coordinators. Their challenge here is to slow down Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis, who completed an impressive 70% of his passes last season.

Jayden Daniels returns as the dynamic signal-caller for Arizona State, and he threw 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions last season. The Sun Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last seven trips to Southern California. Click here for the full list of USC-Arizona State odds.

UCLA (0-0) at Colorado (0-0). 7:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: UCLA -245, Colorado +195
Spread: UCLA -7
Over/Under: 55.5 points

It feels like Chip Kelly has been at UCLA for the past decade, but instead, he’s simply gone 7-17 in two very long seasons. The Bruins do return Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center, but it’s their 113th-ranked defense that must improve.

For the Buffs, the departure of Stephen Montez means that Sam Noyer takes over at quarterback, and head coach Karl Dorrell knows UCLA well. He led the Bruins from 2003-2007 and has a trend in his favor—UCLA is 0-6 against the number in its last six games as a road favorite. Click here for the full list of UCLA-Colorado odds.

Stanford (0-0) at #12 Oregon. 7:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Oregon -335, Stanford +255
Spread: Oregon -8
Over/Under: 50.5 points.

David Shaw has had an impressive run of success in Palo Alto, but last year was a serious step back. Stanford went 4-8, and the Cardinal must find a way to move the football. They were 108th in scoring offense last season and ranked 11th in the conference in rushing.

While Justin Herbert’s graduation will be an understandable focus, the Ducks can lean on running back CJ Verdell, who aims for this third straight 1,000-yard season. Stanford is 0-4 ATS in its last four games. Click here for the full list of Oregon-Stanford odds.