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Pac-12 Football Betting Guide & Tips

Pac-12 Football Betting Guide & Tips
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The Pac-12 conference is the power conference that includes mostly teams from West Coast states such as California, Oregon and Washington State. Traditionally, this has been one of the most respected conferences in all of college football as it has earned the nickname of “Conference of Champions,” winning more than any other power conference in the country.

However, during the late 2010s the conference slumped. Let’s a take a closer look at the conference and examine how to bet it.

Check out our other Power 5 conference betting guides: SEC | ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten

Pac-12 Football Odds 2019

TeamOdds
Washington+175View All Odds
Oregon+175View All Odds
Washington State+900View All Odds
USC+900View All Odds
Utah+900View All Odds
Stanford+1500View All Odds
California+2800View All Odds
Arizona State+2800View All Odds
Arizona+3000View All Odds
UCLA+4000View All Odds
Colorado+5000View All Odds
Oregon State+10000View All Odds

To check out the latest odds or make a wager, go to our College Football Futures Odds!

How to Bet on Pac-12 Football

Like every conference, the Pac-12 has certain characteristics that set it apart, and bettors need to take into account when considering weekend wagers. Here are five tips to keep in mind:

1. West Coast Games

The first thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that this is the conference that includes the most West Coast teams. That means their games start later in the day. Often times, college football betting fans will use these games to “chase” or try to win money back as the contest will commence at around 7:00 p.m. ET or later.

Teams such USC, UCLA and Arizona will play at around 10:30 p.m. ET, offering college football bettors a chance at last call.

2. Games Are High-Scoring

Although Washington has brought some defense to the conference, typically, this conference is all about offense. Stanford is also a gritty defensive team and USC has been tough in the past, but it’s not common for more than two or three teams to have a strong defense in a given year.

Usually, offensive talent shines in these games, which is why we’ll see a lot of high totals and high scoring games in the Pac-12, meaning high numbers in over/under betting.

3. Big Difference Between Haves, Have Nots

While some conferences have more parity, the Pac-12 is really a difference of the haves and have-nots. That’s important to note when you’re placing your bets for futures to win the conference. USC, UCLA, Washington, Stanford and Oregon get the best talent; the rest of the conference is hit-or-miss.

Those five teams have combined to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game 12 times in the first eight years of its existence and accounted for all of the wins. Keep that in mind when looking at both point spreads and moneylines.

4. Teams Maintain Characteristics

Of course, things can change over time but for whatever reason, the Pac-12 teams seem to maintain certain characteristics.

For example, with USC, you can count on them to recruit the best players. Whether they can develop them into stars or not will depend on the coaching staff, but this team regularly gets the top recruits.

As for Stanford, they don’t look for stars necessarily, they look for big road-grading offensive and defensive linemen, and try to win by grinding teams down on the lines of scrimmage.

UCLA frequently has a top-flight quarterback, Oregon is usually a one-dimensional team with an explosive offense and Washington – under Chris Peterson – has fantastic defense and special teams.

This is handy to know when you’re betting the individual matchups.

5. Pac-12 One Of The Weaker Power Conferences

The Pac-12 has fallen on some hard times over the last few years. Their teams have not fared well on a national level and tend to get worked in non-conference play against stronger conferences.

Of the five power conferences, the Pac-12 has had the fewest appearances at the College Football Playoff. In non-conference play against similarly-sized programs in the SEC, Big Ten or Big 12, the Pac-12 tends to struggle.

For example, Washington lost to Auburn in Week 1 in the 2018 season at a neutral site, USC lost to Texas and Notre Dame and UCLA lost to Oklahoma. The Pac-12 was just 3-4 in bowl season in 2018 and 1-9 in 2017.

Pac-12 Football Championship Betting

The Pac-12 Championship Game is the product of the two division champions, North and South. Remember that this doesn’t factor overall record; it’s the teams with the best conference records in each division.

One interesting note about Pac-12 Championship Games since the start of the format in 2011: The South champion has beaten the North champion only once in eight tries, coming in 2017 when USC beat Stanford.

Pac-12 Football Championship FAQs

  • When is the 2019 Pac-12 Championship Game? The 2019 Pac-12 Championship is Dec. 6, 2019.
  • Where is the 2019 Pac-12 Championship? The 2019 Pac-12 Championship is going to be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home of the game since 2014. This is likely to be the last game at Levi’s, however. The game is likely to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and beyond.
  • Can I bet on the Big Ten Championship Game? Yes, you can bet on the Pac-12 Championship Game if you live in one of the states that has legalized sports betting.
  • Where can I watch the Pac-12 Championship?
  • What is the last Pac-12 football team to win the national title? The last Pac-12 team to win the national title is USC in 2004. The Trojans beat Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl to win the national championship for the 2004 regular season.
  • Who is the favorite to win the Pac-12? The favorites to win the Pac-12 are Washington and Oregon, both with odds of +175.

Recent Pac-12 Football Championship Game Results

YearWinnerLoserScoreLineO/U
2018WashingtonUtah10-3WAS -14.545.5
2017USCStanford31-28USC -3.558.5
2016WashingtonColorado41-10WAS -8.555.5
2015StanfordUSC41-22STAN -4.559
2014OregonArizona51-13ORE -14.572.5
2013StanfordArizona State38-14ASU -352.5
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