OddsUSA Top Five Prop Bets For The Pac-12 Championship Game

When the Pac-12 season finally got underway, the championship game was expected to be between the USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks. Why? Well —because the Ducks won it last year, and the Trojans had a great offense coming back. That, and the competition was not expected to be too challenging.

It was not, but it was challenging enough to knock the Ducks out of the title game. But with COVID-19 issues hitting the Washington program hard, Oregon made the big game anyway. They didn’t earn it, but someone has to play since Washington is unable to.

But can they win?

That is a tough question to answer. Early on, the Ducks looked like a good team. But then they flopped against Oregon State and then lost to Cal. While USC is undefeated, the Trojans have needed dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks in three games.

It is hard to tell which team is legit (if either) which means it may be smarter to consider betting on some of the game’s prop bets than just bet on the winner. Bovada has a few good ones:

USC-Oregon Alternate Lines

USC -3.5 (EVEN)
USC -4.0 (+105)
USC -4.5 (+110)
USC -5.0 (+115)
USC -5.5 (+120)
USC -6.0 (+125)
USC -6.5 (+140)
USC -7.0 (+165)
USC -7.5 (+170)
USC -8.0 (+175)
USC -8.5 (+175)
USC -9.0 (+180)
USC -9.5 (+185)
USC -10.0 (+210)
USC -10.5 (+220)
USC -11.0 (+225)
USC -11.5 (+230)
USC -12.0 (+235)
USC -12.5 (+240)
USC -13.0 (+250)
USC -13.5 (+250)

The official Bovada betting line says the Trojans are favored to win the game by 3 points (-110). While the Trojans have needed to make comebacks in most of their games this season, that should not be the case in this one.

Oregon’s pass defense has been struggling, and it is quite likely that USC will look to take advantage of it early and often. Most of the time, they will probably prevail and score. But while the Ducks offense is good enough to keep up for a while, they will not do it for the whole game.

So, why take the official spread and a low payout if you do not have to? Why not give the Ducks a touchdown (+165)? For those who are really confident in the Trojans, why not give the Ducks 13.5 points so you can get an even bigger payout?

The smart play here is to go with USC by seven. USC is going to put up some points on the Ducks. But if the Oregon offense can get on track early, the Ducks may be able to keep this one within a touchdown….but they might not.  

Best USC-Oregon Alt Spread: USC -7 (+165)

USC-Oregon Margin of Victory Prop

Oregon By 1-6 Points (+450)
USC By 1-6 Points (+375)

Oregon By 7-12 Points (+650)
USC By 7-12 Points (+600)

Oregon By 13-18 Points (+1000)
USC By 13-18 Points (+750)

Oregon By 19-24 Points (+1600)
USC By 19-24 Points (+1000)

Oregon By 25-30 Points (+2200)
USC By 25-30 Points (+1800)

Oregon By 31-36 Points (+3300)
USC By 31-36 Points (+2000)

Oregon By 37-42 Points (+5000)
USC By 37-42 Points (+3300)

Oregon By 43 Or More Points (+5000)
USC By 43 Or More Points (+3500)

Both teams have good offenses, but USC’s is better. Neither team has a strong defense, but the Trojans do have a better one. So, this game will likely be a modest win for the Trojans. USC will probably win by at least a touchdown, but they could win by more.

The safe bet would be to go with USC by 1-6 points, but the better bet is USC by 7-12. If you are up for taking on some risk for more of a reward, consider taking USC by 13-18. But only bet money on that one that you are okay with never seeing again.

Best Margin of Victory Bet: USC by 7-12 points (+600)

USC-Oregon Total Points Scored

Between 0 And 20 (+8000)
Between 21 And 30 (+3500)
Between 31 And 40 (+1100)
Between 41 And 50 (+550)
Between 51 And 60 (+340)
Between 61 And 70 (+340)
71 And Over (+195)

There is potential for a lot of points to be scored in this game. Both teams have scored right around 35 points a game this season while holding opponents to 28 (Oregon) and 25 (USC). It will all depend on whether both teams can get their offenses on track early in the day.

Kedon Slovis has thrown five touchdowns in each of his last two games. If Tyler Shough can break out of his current funk, he may be able to do the same. Since he will probably be playing catch-up most of the game, he will be throwing a lot against a lackluster secondary.

The Pac-12 Championship game will either be a high scoring contest with both teams putting up 35+ (so, take 71 and over), or it will be something like 35-26, USC. So, take 71 and over to be safe, but consider putting a little on between 51 and 60 and between 61 and 70.

Best Totals Prop Bet: 71 and over (+195)
Also Consider: Between 51 and 60 (+340), Between 61 and 70 (+340)

USC-Oregon Race to 35 Points

USC (+175)
Oregon (+245)
Neither (+140)

If the Trojans offense disappears for part of the game, like it has a few times this year, then the right answer might be neither. But if one of the two were to reach 35, the Trojans will do it first. Slovis is a better quarterback than Shough, though, so take USC to reach 35 points first.

Best Bet: USC (+175)

Washington State at No. 20 USC Betting Preview

Sunday, December 6, 2020, United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. ET

Cougars at Trojans Betting Preview: Cougars (+14), Trojans (-14)

Washington State Cougars Betting Preview

The Cougars (1-1) could be a bit rusty.

They have had their past two games canceled because of coronavirus concerns, including last week’s Apple Cup rivalry against Washington. Athletic director Pat Chun said then that nine football players were in COVID-19 protocol.

“We talk about how disappointed I’m sure everyone is that there wasn’t an Apple Cup, but you flip it and go straight to USC,” first-year Cougars coach Nick Rolovich said. “Almost becomes like a bonus-bye-week-type deal.”

Under Rolovich, Washington State ranks third in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game (274.0) and seventh in rushing offense (164.5). Preseason all-conference first-team running back Max Borghi has yet to play this season after suffering a back injury in preseason camp.

Quarterback Jayden de Laura has been steady, completing 59.7 percent of his pass attempts for 548 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. He reportedly was one of the Cougars who tested positive for COVID-19.

The Cougars’ last game was Nov. 14, a 43-29 loss at home to Oregon. Washington State was leading by 12 points late in the first half when the Ducks scored with three seconds remaining before intermission to reclaim the momentum.

“I don’t think they have a lot of fun sitting at home. I think this is a group that likes to be out there playing and competing,” Rolovich said. “I think they like the brand of football (they’re playing). Obviously, we wanted to win (against) Oregon, but just the mindset of playing has taken hold in this group.”

No. 20 USC Trojans Betting Preview

No. 10 USC (3-0) also had an unscheduled bye last week when its home game against Colorado — the only other unbeaten team in the Pac-12’s South Division — was called off.

The Trojans most recently played Nov. 21 at Utah, a 33-17 victory. Kedon Slovis was 24-of-35 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns, and USC forced five turnovers. 

“We played with a swagger, especially on defense,” said Trojans coach Clay Helton, whose team had to rally late for victories in its first two games against Arizona State and Arizona.

Sunday’s game originally was scheduled to be played Friday night, but USC had four positive COVID-19 cases and seven other players quarantined by contact tracing protocols.

The Trojans finally got back on the practice field Tuesday.

“We feel like we’ve done a good job of shutting this thing down, hopefully,” Helton said. “We’ll see how that progresses through the week, but to have (Monday) for our players with no positive tests, that was awesome.”

The Trojans remained below the conference-mandated minimum of seven scholarship linemen Tuesday, and Helton said they are unlikely to be able to field a full scout team for practice this week.

“We are going to have to be creative,” Helton said. “You’re not going to be able to have enough bodies to have the amount of physical contact you need. It will not be a normal practice week for us.”

USC’s passing game has been balanced, with five different players with 13 or more receptions.

Cougars at Trojans Betting Pick for December 6, 2020

The Trojans have dominated the series to the tune of a 60-10-4 advantage, but the Cougars have managed a split in the last two games. They won 30-27 at Pullman in 2017 but dropped a 39-36 decision in 2018 in the last meeting when the Trojans blocked a potential tying field goal late in the game.

Cougars at Trojans Betting Pick:

Trojans 38, Cougars 17

Cougars at Trojans Best Bet for December 6, 2020

Both teams have had unexpected open dates. The Cougars haven’t played since a 43-29 loss to Oregon on Nov. 14. The Trojans’ last outing was a 33-17 win at Utah on Nov. 21.

Cougars at Trojans Best Bet: UNDER 64.5

–Field Level Media

Pac-12 College Basketball 2020/21 Preview

After a disastrous 2018/19 season that saw the conference land just three teams in the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-12 rebounded in a big way for the 2019/20 season and were on the verge of sending six teams to the dance with the outside opportunity for a seventh team had someone gone on a run in the conference tournament.

Instead, COVID-19 happened, and the Pac-12 redemption tour was put on ice for another year.

The 2020/21 season figures to be the wonkiest college basketball season to date, but the Pac-12 find themselves once again in the position of being one of the deeper conferences in the country.  The conference hasn’t fielded a National Champion since 1997, the longest drought of any of the power conferences.  Will that change this season?  Let’s dive into the Pac-12.

The Contenders

#18 Arizona State (+230 to Win Pac-12)

“Hurley ball” enters season number six in Tempe, and this could be the most exciting team yet.

Paced by the senior guard tandem of Remy Martin (19.1 ppg) and Alonzo Verge Jr. (14.6), Arizona State finds itself ranked in the Preseason Top 20, marking the first time since the 2008/09 season that the Sun Devils started the new season as a ranked team.

While each season in Tempe has seen gradual improvement from Hurley’s crew, this season could be the year it all finally comes together for the former Duke star.  In addition to his explosive senior-laden backcourt, Hurley was able to recruit two of the best players to ever commit to Arizona State with the addition of five-star dynamo Josh Christopher and Marcus Bagley (the younger brother of former Duke one-and-done star Marvin Bagley III).

Mix in 6-1 Portland State transfer Holland Woods (17.7 ppg, 5.2 apg), and the Sun Devils could have one of the best stables of guards in the entire country.

If there’s anything that would concern Hurley this season, it would be the depth in the Sun Devils frontcourt and the lack of a dangerous three-point shooting assassin on the roster.  Arizona State watched as former Top 100 recruit Romello White (10.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg last season) elected to transfer to Ole Miss in the offseason, leaving the Sun Devils dangerously thin down low.

Sophomore Jalen Graham figures to now be the best forward on the team and will be tasked to try to fill the big void left by White’s departure.

If Arizona State can find a capable rim protector and can improve on their three-point shooting, this is your likely favorite to win the conference.  However, if the Sun Devils still are inconsistent from deep and are unable to find a reliable big man, it may be another trademark rollercoaster season in the desert.

#22 UCLA (+300 to Win Pac-12)

We’ve talked about the various teams that were impacted by the cancellation of the 2020 season the most at length already, but UCLA is another school you can throw into the “screwed by the ‘Rona” pile.

After starting the season with a dismal 8-9 record, Mick Cronin’s Bruins ended the season on a torrid 11-3 finish to finish the season at 19-12 overall and 12-6 in the conference.  That would have had UCLA set up as the 2-seed in the conference tournament, instead, we just got to rewatch old NCAA Tourney games on YouTube for a March fix.

Well, UCLA is back again and this time they’re hoping to start the season a little stronger to ensure they don’t need a frantic hot streak in February to get back into the NCAA Tournament.

Cronin returns the top five UCLA scorers from a season ago and adds Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang, along with four-star recruit Jaylen Clark to round out the Bruins’ roster.

The most important player returning to Westwood may be that of guard Chris Smith (13.1 ppg).  Smith flirted with the idea of going pro but ultimately decided to come back to school for one more season.

It took the first few months of the season to wash away the Steve Alford stink, but UCLA appears to have done just that.  Mick Cronin will get this team to defend and be relentless on the glass.  If the offense can provide just enough, UCLA should be in the mix for yet another conference title.

#20 Oregon (+450 to Win Pac-12)

The Oregon Ducks face the challenge of replacing four-year starter, and the general lifeblood of the team, Payton Pritchard after the decorated point guard graduated from the school and found himself drafted by the Boston Celtics.

However, if there’s anything Dana Altman has shown during his tenure in Eugene, it’s that he knows how to work the transfer portal to quickly reload his roster.

That’s exactly what the Ducks intend to do entering this season, as Altman welcomes in five new transfers, three of which will be eligible on day one. 

Headlining the class of transfers is that of former UNLV guard Amauri Hardy (14.5 ppg).  The senior guard comes to Eugene with fellow transfers Eric Williams Jr. (Duquesne), Eugene Omoruyi (Rutgers), LJ Figueroa (St. John’s), and Aaron Estrada (St. Peter’s).

Figueroa and Estrada are still awaiting word from the NCAA regarding their transfer waivers and whether or not they will be eligible to play this season.  If Figueroa (14.5 ppg) is indeed cleared to play the Ducks would be adding St. John’s leading scorer from a season ago, giving them even more depth than they already had.

As Oregon’s new transfers get more acclimated to their new surroundings, Altman likely will rely on his returning guard tandem of Will Richardson (11.0 ppg) and senior Chris Duarte (12.9 ppg) for added production and leadership. 

The Ducks are a very dangerous team going forward this season, even with the loss of Payton Pritchard.  They should be considered one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 and given their history in March, don’t discount this team from a possible run in the NCAA Tournament.   

The Dangerous Dark Horses

Stanford (+550 to Win Pac-12)

It’s a likely make or break season for Stanford head coach Jerod Haase as he enters his fifth season in Palo Alto.  Of all the coaches in the conference that have been with their programs longer than a year, it’s only Haase that has yet to take his team to the NCAA Tournament.

That means if the giant trees aren’t able to dance this March, Haase is likely going to be departing the ‘Conference of Champions’ for other job opportunities.

Fortunately for a coach on the proverbial ‘hot seat’, Stanford happened to land one of the best recruits in the land with five-star recruit Ziaire Williams.  Williams was the 7th overall ranked recruit in the 2020 class per ESPN, making him the highest-ranked Stanford signee since 2007.

The 6-9 wing (and former HS teammate of Bronny James) is already a projected lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but Haase hopes his budding superstar can carry Stanford to the state of Indiana come March.

Outside of Williams, there’s not a great deal to write home about in regards to the Cardinal, however. Seniors Daejon Davis (8.8 ppg) and Oscar Da Silva (15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg) return to the team this season, but Da Silva is the only returning player that averaged double-digits in scoring a season ago.

Defensively the Cardinal are sound, as they ranked as the 7th best defensive team by KenPom a season ago.  If they’re able to get any other steady offensive production from someone other than Williams or Da Silva, Jerod Haase should be able to rest a little easier.  However, it’s NCAA Tournament or bust at this point for the Cardinal.

Colorado (+1100 to Win Pac-12)

After starting the 2019/20 season with a 10-4 record in conference play, it looked as though Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes might capture their first-ever Pac-12 regular-season championship.

Instead, the bottom completely fell out, and the Buffs would end the season with a five-game losing streak including terrible losses to Cal, Utah, and a first-round exit in the Pac-12 tournament at the hands of Washington State.

Colorado now enters the new season going through a mini-rebuild of sorts, as defensive demon Tyler Bey is now in the NBA and the team returns only one double-digit scorer in senior McKinley Wright IV (14.4 ppg).

While the Buffs starting five is a very experienced group with three seniors and two juniors, the Colorado bench is very green.  Five freshmen in all round out the Buffaloes bench, with senior Maddox Daniels being the “best” bench option averaging 3.2 ppg. 

In other words, outside of the starting five, the Buffs could be in some trouble.

Colorado’s odds to win the Pac-12 simply don’t reflect the current make-up of this roster, as they’re more likely to finish outside of the Top Six in the conference than they are at winning the thing, but if McKinley Wright IV can ascend into an elite college basketball player, the Buffs may be able to bully their way into an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Washington (+3500 to Win Pac-12)

If anyone wasn’t saddened to see the college basketball season suddenly go away, it might have been the Washington Huskies. 

The Huskies entered the 2019/20 season as one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 and for good reason.  They were coming off a fantastic 13-5 season in Mike Hopkins’ first year and had just signed two future one-and-done players in Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart.

Instead, the bottom dropped out.  The stingy 2-3 zone defense just didn’t work last season with the new cast of Huskies.  The offense was woeful.  Washington would reverse their 2018/19 record with a 5-13 showing last year. 

The cause of Washington’s angst could probably be traced back to the NCAA ruling Kentucky transfer Quade Green academically ineligible just two games into the Pac-12 season, but really the team was a shattered mess from the get-go.

This season could return the Dawgs back to their previous form, however. 

Green is now eligible to play and will take over at the point guard position, a huge upgrade over Jaden McDaniels who never seemed like the right fit on Hopkins’ roster. 

The one-and-done experiment also drew to a close, as Washington is one of the few teams in the country that doesn’t have a single freshman on the roster.  That should also go a long way towards restoring the Huskies to not be in the cellar of the conference.

If there’s an under-the-radar sleeper to be found in this conference, it could very well be Mike Hopkins’ Huskies.  Removing the two one-and-done kids from the team will dramatically improve Washington’s defense and getting Quade Green back is an enormous addition.  Considering the season figures to be utter chaos, Washington could very well slide back to the top of the conference standings.  

The Middle of the Pack

USC (+1100 to Win Pac-12)

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, USC ended the year with more than 20 wins and was on track to earn an at-large berth in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

In large part, however, the Andy Enfield era (now in its eighth season) has been nothing more than mediocre.

The Trojans hope to change that this season and they’ll depend on a pair of brothers to get USC over the hump.  Five-star sensation Evan Mobley (#3 overall recruit) comes to Los Angeles to team up with his brother Isaiah to form the best frontcourt in the conference. 

While the Mobley brothers will certainly grab most of the attention in LA, the fate of the Trojans’ season likely comes down to whether or not sophomore Ethan Anderson can emerge as a capable starting point guard, and if transfers Noah Baumann (San Jose State) and Isaiah White (Utah Valley) can hit consistent outside shots to allow for their two big men to freely roam the floor.

I’m skeptical such a thing can happen, and while Evan Mobley will be must-see TV, this iteration of USC basketball looks very similar to Trojan teams of years past.  Enfield will get USC back near the 20-win mark, but the Trojans will live on the bubble most of the way.

Arizona (+1400 to Win Pac-12)

You have to wonder how long Sean Miller’s rope in Tucson is starting to become.

After getting into boiling hot water with a scandal that required an FBI investigation, Miller has somehow managed to stay alive, but the Arizona Wildcats have not been the imposing college basketball program they once were, and they haven’t been for quite some time.

If there’s a season where Arizona can finally play to their expectations, however, it could be this one.  Once again, Miller was able to ink a talented recruiting class and brought in several transfers that should make an immediate impact, namely Seattle grad-transfer Terrell Brown (20.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Georgetown transfer James Akinjo (13.4 ppg), and former four-star Nevada recruit Jordan Brown.

The three transfers will be heavily depended on, as Miller’s bench has seven freshmen and a single sophomore.  The freshmen are of course talented, particularly that of top-50 recruit Dalen Terry, but they’re still freshmen and will need time to grow during a very unorthodox college basketball season. 

The growing pains for Arizona will be real, it’s just a manner of seeing how long those growing pains last.  There’s certainly a lot of talent in Tucson, it just remains to be seen if Sean Miller can do anything with it.

If he cannot, there may be a new job opening in the desert come Spring 2021.

Utah (+2000 to Win Pac-12)

The 2019/20 college basketball season was expected to be a transitional season for Larry Krystkowiak’s Utah Utes, and it proved to be precisely that as Utah would have the usual ups and downs of a young team on their way to a 16-15 season that ended with a two-point loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament before ‘Rona eliminated every team from March Madness just a day later.

However, the Utes could be in line for somewhat of a bounce-back season in 2020/21.

Utah returns five of their six leading scorers from a season ago, the lone exception being that of Both Gach who transferred to Minnesota.   That usually bodes well for a roster that has just one senior on it coming into the new year.

The catalyst for the Utes attack will be that of junior combo guard Timmy Allen (17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg).  Allen was Utah’s Mr. Everything a season ago, but he could never find the help needed to get Utah back on track.

Utah hopes that changes this season with sophomore Rylan Jones having one-year of playing experience under his belt.  Jones epitomizes everything we love about college basketball as the kid is not a future NBA lottery pick in the making, but he plays with a helluva lot of heart, grit, hustle, and any other superlative you want to use.

The Utes being listed at 20/1 to win the conference strikes me as a little too bullish, though they will be a very tough opponent to face in Salt Lake.  Look out for this team next season and beyond however when the freshmen and sophomores continue to gel.  

The Long Shots

Cal (+10000 to Win Pac-12)
Oregon State (+10000 to Win Pac-12)
Washington State (+10000 to Win Pac-12)

Needless to say, these are the “have nots” of the conference.

Cal was a pleasant surprise under new head coach Mark Fox in his first year with the team, going 7-11 in conference play.  The Golden Bears’ leading scorer Matt Bradley (17.4 ppg) returns this season, but there’s not much else here to write home about.  Fox’s rebuilding process will continue this season as Cal hopes to play the role of spoiler in conference play.

Oregon State finally saw Tres Tinkle graduate from the program after 25-years with the team (kidding, sort of), but now the Beavs have some big shoes to fill.  Guard Ethan Thompson returns for his senior season and will be the focal point of an Oregon State team that would consider a .500 record to be a major win this season.

Washington State lost all Pac-12 forward CJ Elleby to the NBA Draft and will lose a lot of games during the 2020/21 season.  Their biggest goal for the new year is finishing above the Pac-12 basement.  That will be a chore in itself.

Pac-12 Projected Order of Finish

  1. Oregon
  2. Arizona State
  3. UCLA
  4. Arizona
  5. Washington
  6. Stanford
  7. USC
  8. Utah
  9. Colorado
  10. Cal
  11. Oregon State
  12. Washington State

Pac-12 Championship Odds for Week 12: So Wait… Who Wins What and How Now?

It may have taken the Pac-12 a couple of weeks to get one game under almost everyone’s belt, but they did it. Their season is underway, and while it may be short, a season is better than no season. If all goes well, maybe Utah will get to play their first game of the season soon.

Of course, with such a late start, games could not be postponed if a team had coronavirus issues. They would have to be canceled—and several already have. While it is understandable why they had to be canceled, doing so created a problem.

If one team goes 4-0 but had two games canceled, would they make it to the conference championship game over a team that was 5-1?

To that end, the Pac-12 decided on the following criteria for eligibility:

“…teams must play no less than one fewer conference game than the average number of conference games played by all conference teams…”

“If any team(s) has not played six (6) Conference games (due to not being able to reschedule a postponed Conference game) and any team(s) is within one Conference win from the team(s) with the highest conference winning percentage AND has an equal number of losses, those teams shall be declared tied.” 

In the case of a tie, the conference has eight different tiebreakers beginning with the head-to-head result and ending with a coin toss. But with how the Pac-12 is looking so far, that is probably not something fans will have to worry about.

Pac-12 Championship Odds: Anyone Make A Good First Impression?

If you had ever wondered why teams schedule soft, non-conference opponents to start the season, the reason has become abundantly clear this year. Everyone, from the big dogs down to the perennial losers, has kinks to work out.

Doing so against a soft opponent means you can work through issues without fear of losing the game. But since everyone is playing a conference-only schedule this year, most teams did not get that opportunity.

That is why USC (+150; odds via DraftKings) did not look as good as fans hoped they would against Arizona State (+4000) and Arizona (+4000). But in the end, they got it together in time to win both games. So, as far as the South division race goes, they are in great shape.  

They will need to be more consistent from now on if they are going to control their destiny. USC is scheduled to face Utah this weekend and Colorado (who is also 2-0) next week.

Not much was expected of Colorado (+2000) coming into the season, but the offense has been surprisingly good at putting points on the board. That is good since the defense has not been too good at stopping anyone yet.

They will need to beat USC in a couple of weeks if they want a legitimate shot at making the title game.

Why the Pac-12 Champ May Come From the North

Utah, while they have yet to play, is still in the hunt (+1200). They can make a bold statement with a win over USC this weekend (if they play).

UCLA’s (+1600) offense looked good in their first game (a loss to Colorado), but their defense did not. Against Cal, they looked good on both sides of the ball. But they will have to earn their spot in the title game with wins over Oregon and USC this year.

In the North Division, Oregon (+150) is running the show as expected. They cruised by Stanford in their season opener. Washington State made it tough on them last weekend, but the Ducks still won by 14. Of their four remaining games, their most formidable opponent left is UCLA, who they face this week.

Of the rest of the division, Washington (+700) is undefeated (1-0), but they struggled against a bad Oregon State (+50000) team. Washington State (+2200) may have the best chance of challenging Oregon, but since the Ducks have already beaten them, the Cougars will have to win out and get some help.

As expected, it looks like USC and Oregon are going to meet in the conference title game. But anything can happen over the next few weeks. Just because someone has looked good after one or two games does not mean anything.

Right, Mississippi State?

PAC-12 And Big Ten Cancel Non-Conference Games For 2020 Fall Sports

Big Ten announced schedule change Thursday, PAC-12 on Friday

It looks like the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic will have an impact on the upcoming college football season. On Thursday, the Big Ten Conference announced it will not allow teams to participate in non-conference games in football as well as several other Fall sports. Yesterday, the PAC-12 followed suit and voted to move to a conference-only schedule for all Fall sports this year as well. The organizations hope that limiting travel will reduce the risk of spreading or potentially catching COVID-19.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said it is “much easier if we’re just working with our Big Ten institutions…” Warren is uncertain about the future of this upcoming football season. He told the Big Ten Network, “We may not have sports in the fall… We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten.”

“We may not have sports in the fall… We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten.”

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren to the Big Ten Network

Yesterday, the PAC-12 followed the Big Ten’s example and also switched over to a conference-only schedule for all Fall sports. The decision was made during a virtual meeting held on Friday between PAC-12 athletic directors, university presidents, and conference officials. ESPN is reporting that the decision will delay the start of Fall sports, including football. USC was scheduled to open its season against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Schools and Collegiate Conferences are still figuring out ways to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. This now makes three D-I Conferences that have had to make changes to their Fall Sports schedule due to Coronavirus. On Wednesday, the Ivy League became the first Division I Conference to suspend all Fall Sports due to the ongoing health crisis.