Despite getting upset in Eugene a year ago, Oregon is still getting all the love from the books with regards to their preseason conference title hopes. The Ducks soar past Stanford, UCLA, USC and all the other conference contenders as the number one choice to win the Pac-12 in 2013.
Pac-12 champion odds via 5Dimes: Oregon +235, USC +485, ASU +575, Arizona +675, Stanford +725, UCLA, Oregon State & Washington +825— Pacific Takes (@PacificTakes) June 17, 2013
Oregon is going to get all the love from here until forever from the books. The Ducks are probably the most popular team in college football and will receive plenty of public money, so it's no surprise the Ducks are heavily favored over everyone else.
USC is probably going to have a tough time recovering form and winning what is looking like a highly competitive Pac-12 South. But the Trojans retain a slight edge over the remainder of their Southern brethren, I'm guessing mainly because of the name recognition. USC has plenty of talent strewn across their roster but has to figure out who's starting at quarterback before they can consider themselves favorites.
Arizona State and Arizona both showed signs of improvement and seem ready to take the next step in 2013, and the odds reflect that.
What is surprising is how low both Stanford (5th) and UCLA (6th) rank on the totem pole in the overall futures. The Cardinal are returning a good deal of their team back (particularly on defense) and they host Oregon. The Bruins offense should be able to continue their uptick with many of their offensive weapons back. But with both teams losing their running workhorses, they aren't the favorites to rematch in the title game.
Oregon State and Washington are dark horses to claim the Pac-12 North, and they are the last teams to be given any sort of shot at winning this thing. The Huskies seem to be a team set to make a move and the Beavers were arguably the third best team in the conference last season. No one is giving Washington State, Cal, Utah or Colorado much of a chance, so expect an eight team race for the Pac-12 crown.
Here are the odds from 5Dimes.
Pac-12 2013 champion
Oregon State +825
Washington State +5100
Pac-12 North 2013 champion
Oregon State +410
Washington State +2000
Pac-12 South 2013 champion
Arizona State +270