When the action kicks off for the Pac-12 this weekend, all will finally be right in the world of college football. With their late start and short schedules, it will be hard for them to get attention when it comes to the College Football Playoffs. But to get attention, they must do one thing—win games.
So, how many games can the teams of the Pac-12 North division win? According to the odds at Bovada.lv, Oregon and Cal are going to come out on top:
- California – 2020 Total Wins
- Over 4.5 -120
- Under 4.5 -110
The offense looks like it could be in great shape this season as long as quarterback Chase Garbers can remain healthy. While they may not have much of a pass rush this season, their secondary will not be an easy one to throw on.
Washington, Washington State, and Arizona State will not be easy games, but all three are winnable. Beating Stanford and Oregon State will not be too hard but beating Oregon will be.
They could easily win four or five games during the regular season without the seventh game during Championship Week.
- Oregon – 2020 Total Wins
- Over 6 +140
- Under 6 -185
Expectations are higher for the Ducks than anyone else since they are the defending champions. But there is no way they can cover the over. Their regular season is only six games long. If they go undefeated, they will play in the conference title game—which does not count towards the win total.
So, unless someone else goes undefeated and wins whatever the tiebreaker is, the only bet here is the under. It is worth noting that if they do win just six, the bet is a push. You do not win, but you don’t lose.
- Oregon State – 2020 Total Wins
- Over 1.5 -220
- Under 1.5 +165
There is some potential on the Beavers offense. But without a spring to help fill holes in the starting lineup or non-conference games to work out the kinks, it is hard to say if that potential will be visible in 2020. The defense does not look like a unit that can provide much help while the offense figures things out.
Stanford is their best shot at a win, but even that is far from guaranteed. Utah might be beatable as well—maybe. They may need to win their seventh game to cover the over here.
- Stanford – 2020 Total Wins
- Over 3.5 -135
- Under 3.5 +105
Stanford had a good roster last season, but they got walloped by injuries—real hard. Should they stay healthy and quarterback David Mills can progress, there is a chance they could do some damage this year. Where they could hurt, though, is on defense. Injuries killed them last year, but this year the transfer portal may do them in.
They will beat Colorado, Oregon State, and probably Washington State, too. The games against Cal and Washington could go either way. Don’t count on them beating Oregon.
- Washington – 2020 Total Wins
- Over 4.5 -115
- Under 4.5 -115
There is a lot of talent on the Washington roster, but quite a few things are working against them. Longtime head coach Chris Peterson stepped down. A longtime assistant was tabbed to replace him, Jimmy Lake. But with no spring for his two new coordinators to implement their systems, the team may be forced to learn as they go this season.
Such an approach is not conducive to winning a lot of football games. They will have a good shot at beating Oregon State, Arizona, Washington State, and maybe Stanford. But beating Cal or Oregon may not be in the cards this season.
- Washington State – 2020 Total Wins
- Over 2 -150
- Under 2 +115
Washington State was always fun to watch under Mike Leach, but he is now in the SEC, and they are rebuilding without the benefit of spring practice. The offensive line will provide a little stability, but they have a lot to replace otherwise. Jake Dickert is going to need a year or two to turn the defense around.
Oregon State is their best shot at a win, followed by Stanford and Washington—but don’t count on them winning either of those games. They are going to have a hard time covering the over.