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Washington Set to Travel Most Miles in Pac-12; Where Does Your School Rank?

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com

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Washington Set to Travel Most Miles in Pac-12; Where Does Your School Rank?

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The road to a conference title is always a long one. Even more so when you play in the Pac-12. Featuring some of the most beautiful campuses and best weather anywhere in the country, there is only one drawback – travel. Lots of it. 

Bookies.com calculated the total aerial miles each Pac-12 team will travel for neutral site and away games in 2023, charting the distances from campus-to-campus for the entire season. Let’s just say those road trips across the coast add up in a hurry. 

Travel is an important and underlooked factor in college football betting, with teams often traveling multiple time zones in short order. Staying closer to home is always preferred, but the Pac-12 doesn’t have that luxury. Especially in comparison to the other Power 5 conferences.

Bookies.com crunched the data for every team in the Pac-12, measuring the aerial distances between campuses for all away games and neutral-site matchups. That helped us arrive at the total round-trip miles and average distance for road trips for each Pac-12 team.

What we found?

Ten Pac-12 teams will travel more than 6,700 miles in 2023. Contrast that with the fact that Rutgers will travel 5,991 miles round trip this upcoming season – most in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, the two-time champion Georgia Bulldogs, for comparison, will only go 1,741 miles the entire regular season

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Washington is one of the conference favorites on betting apps at +320, behind only USC (+190) and Oregon (+300). The Huskies will have to embody a road warrior mentality in order to get it done, with a total of 9,907 miles ahead of them this season. 

Stanford isn’t far behind, with 9,672 total miles of travel on the books for 2023, and Arizona is third with 8,474. 

UCLA has the easiest travel schedule by a wide margin, with just 3,802 miles in road trips ahead. 

The Huskies open with back-to-back home games against Boise State and Tulsa before the first road game, and it’s a doozie. Washington heads to East Lansing to finish a home-and-home with Michigan State, going a whopping 3,710 miles in the process. 

The Spartans made that same trip a year ago and lost, 39-28. It looked like the lengthy flights took a toll the following week – Michigan State was a 2.5-point home underdog against Minnesota and got pounded, 34-7, one of three consecutive losses following the Washington game. 

Washington also travels to Arizona (2,440 miles) two weeks after the Michigan State game. 

Betting favorite USC doesn’t exactly have a light itinerary, with 8,175 travel miles ahead. The big four-week stretch comes Sep. 30-Oct. 14, beginning with a 1,649-mile trip to Colorado. The Trojans are home the following week against Arizona before a 3,623-mile trip to South Bend for the Oct. 14 matchup with Notre Dame. After all that, an Oct. 21 home matchup with Utah looms large. 

Oregon has a middle of the road schedule relative to the rest of the conference, with 7,234 total miles ahead. But the longest trips are the bookends, with a 2,693-mile journey to Lubbock to play Texas Tech in Week 2 and a 1,897-mile trip Nov. 18 to play Arizona State. 

About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.