Oregon opens as betting favorite to win 2022 Pac-12 title
Betting on the next college football season starts earlier and earlier every year—heck, we got national title odds for 2022 as the 2021 title was being celebrated—and now that we’ve reached the summer months, markets are starting to open up a bit more on conference-specific futures.
This week, BetRivers dropped conference title odds for the entire Power Five.
Oregon is the early favorite out west, with USC and Utah having identical odds to win the 2022 title.
*Insert eyeball emoji*
Here’s every team:
- Oregon +250
- USC +350
- Utah +350
- Washington +1000
- UCLA +1000
- Washington State +1200
- Stanford +1600
- Arizona State +1600
- California +2000
- Oregon State +2800
- Colorado +4000
- Arizona +4000
Oregon is working under a first-time head coach in Dan Lanning, the former Georgia defensive coordinator, but between the championship-pedigree staff Lanning has assembled, the continued high level of recruiting, and the fact the Ducks have made three straight title games, there seems to be a ton of confidence Lanning can strike the right chords in his first season in Eugene. In fact, betting on Oregon to at least make the title game is as safe a bet as there is in the league; no other Pac-12 team has more appearances in the title game since 2011.
Utah’s number is interesting if only that the Utes are the defending league winners. They return their starting quarterback that led them to a Rose Bowl, their head coach, and both coordinators. Neither USC nor Oregon can say any of that.
But the South appears to be more contentious now than it looked like it would be a few months ago. USC has rapidly remade its roster. UCLA has hit the transfer portal to address defensive concerns while bringing back both its starting quarterback and 1,000-yard rusher. Arizona should be significantly improved from last year’s 1-11 record. Perhaps the addition of quarterback Emory Jones helps to stabilize Arizona State a bit in the months ahead.
Each team in the South has made an appearance in the Pac-12 title game since its inception ahead of the 2011 season as well.
One thing’s for certain, this season will be an interesting one in the Conference of Champions.