Via Geoff Schwartz
FOX Sports NFL Analyst
Are you ready for some College football? Well, you should because the match starts right near the corner!
There will be plenty of football to watch Thursday through Monday, which means there are plenty of college football teams to study from a gambling perspective. And because I’m a nice guy – as previous managers used to be – I’m going to help you make some tough decisions about how to bet your money.
Bettors have already figured out which team they want to bet on, so I want to do a betting preview for each Power 5 conference. I’ll split my best bet on which team I’m betting on. think to win the conference, pick my potential black horse and then two of my favorite over/under winning bets.
It’s a lot to digest, but I’ve got you covered. Dive into that my best bets for the Pac-12 (with all odds through FOX bets).
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I love this option and take Duckbut I think Utes right now are in a bit better position because they know exactly what they have in midfield Orange Rising. Cam is the best QB in the congress heading into this season, and he’s at his peak when he returns to his backyard. Utes really had to replace the two liners, but they returned the tightest final group in the conference. In terms of defense, they are talented both up and down the line. Overall, Utah is consistently well coached, has consistently excellent teams, and rarely loses at home.
Oregon, on the other hand, has a more talented overall roster. Ducks’ defenses are really special, and they have some pretty cool weapons when playing offensive skill positions. However, they have a new coach at Dan Lanning, and they’ve got a first call-up at Kenny Dillingham. I appreciate the coaching ability of this staff, but I need to see them in action before I pick them to win the conference. Plus, I’m a bit worried about the transfer of midfielders Bo Nix can clean up revenue problems.
So I put my alma mater loyalty aside and took Utah to a conference win in recent years.
Pac-12 is playing this season with squads that are DINO – squads only in name. And I say this because the convention eliminated the practice of sending a team from the Pac-12 North and a team from the Pac-12 South to compete for the championship. The league’s two best record holders will now play in Las Vegas instead of at the end of the regular season. This means that teams from the same division will likely go head-to-head in that game. This is where UCLA fits into the mix.
The Bruins couldn’t be better than Utah or USC, but they got both of those opponents at home. UCLA Offenses Led by Fifth Year Initiator Dorian Thompson-Robinson with a barrage of attacks. The defense has been rebuilt from the ground up, but there’s still some potential there. The Bruins have improved with new coordinators and a squad full of transfers that will make the defensive transition faster. As mentioned above, UCLA has Utah and USC at home while having just one tough game at Oregon. Schedules and critical situations.
If Oregon, USC, and/or Utah falter this season, UCLA has a chance to win the Pac-12.
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USC will score a lot of points this season, but their opponents will also score a lot this season. If I could bet the outcome of every team game this season, I would do it now.
Rotation makes up the bulk of the Trojan’s lineup – from midfield to back, wide receivers to almost half of the starting line-up. There are a lot of unknowns in key positions for me to support this team.
As a CV guy, the biggest question that comes to my mind is can USC block and handle well enough to win 10 games? I’m not sure, that scares me. And how quickly can all transfers gel, learn new plans and play with confidence? I’m not sure about that either.
USC’s schedule isn’t hard, especially since the Trojans don’t have to play Oregon conference rivals or Washington. But they travel to Oregon State and Utah, the two teams humiliated them at home in the Colosseum by rushing a total of 502 yards. USC ends the season UCLAAnd remember, the Bruins picked up 62 points in their encounter last season. And after UCLA, the Trojan server Notre Dame.
Lincoln Riley won 10 in his first season as head coach too ambitious. Give me the amount plus the bottom.
This surprises me because we’ve seen Utah win at least nine games in their last three full seasons (throwing COVID-19 years for every discussion of the sport).
Entering the 2022 season, Utah’s attack is the healthiest in many years. The team returns midfielder Cam Rising and runs again Tavion Thomas. Rising will join Heisman’s conversation, even if it’s just a few whispers. And Thomas hit 1,109 yards on 204 carry last year, so expect him to have an impact back. The Utes have replaced two of their best captains, but their plan will allow them to keep attacking.
Defensively, while the Utes had to replace two of their centre-backs, the team returned nearly all the others from a top-level unit. More importantly, Utah will undoubtedly be the favorites in every game except one this season. In a specific case, Utes will be the most popular team in Week 1 compared to Florida by starting up. Then, let’s look ahead when Utah hosts USC on October 15. No matter how odd the opening game ends, the Utes will be the match-time favorites there. .
If Utah stays healthy, they will win 10 or more games this season.
Geoff Schwartz played eight seasons in the NFL for five different teams. He started playing in the right place for the University of Oregon for three seasons and was the second team on the All-Pac-12 selection team in his senior year. He is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffSchwartz.
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