The Pac-12 will be a very competitive conference this season. Oregon is favored to win the North division while UCLA is considered the top team in the South.
Overall, the Oregon Ducks are 5 to 7 favorites to win the conference championship. The conference has one of the best teams in the country in Oregon and a number of others that will be bowl hunting at the end of the season.
This could be the year, the Pac-12 crawls out from under the shadow of the SEC.
UCLA is on team that will push Oregon to the limit and could come out on top if the two were to meet in the conference championship game.
According to Bovada and sportsbook.com, the Bruins were 10-3 last season and have drawn 5 to 2 odds to be Pac-12 champions, which is the second shortest behind just Oregon.
Brett Hundley the junior quarterback returns after deciding to play one more year, before heading to the NFL. His returning to the team is the biggest reason the short-term future for UCLA is very bright.
Hundley is 6-foot-3 and 227 pounds. He is a dual threat at quarterback. Last season he threw for 3,072 yards and ran for another 748. He threw 24 touchdown passes, ran for 11 touchdowns and caught one.
UCLA has also a strong defense led by Myles Jack a linebacker who also played at running back during his freshman season last year. He earned the Defensive as well as Offensive Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Coaches at UCLA say Jack is not a two-way player. However, Hundley is not saying the same thing, suggesting he will play some on offense.
Jack only ran the ball 38 times last season but scored seven touchdowns.
Oregon is the odds on favorite to win the conference and contend for a national championship behind Marcus Mariota their junior quarterback and one of the early favorites for the Heisman Trophy.
Mariota is also a dual threat at QB. According to topbet and betonline, last season he threw for 4,438 yards with 41 touchdown passes, despite a knee injury.
He did not miss any games, but did struggle in a loss to Stanford. Oregon has an opportunity to redeem themselves against Stanford this season on November 1.
The conference championship might run through Eugene and Westwood, but other teams like Arizona State, Washington and USC will make the conference schedule very interesting.
ODDS for PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
OREGON DUCKS 5 to 7
UCLA BRUINS 5 to 2
USC TROJANS 9 to 2
STANFORD CARDINAL 12 to 1
WASHINGTON HUSKIES 12 to 1
ARIZONA ST SUN DEVILS 15 to 1
ARIZONA WILDCATS 30 to 1
UTAH UTES 50 to 1
OREGON ST BEAVERS 60 to 1
WASHINGTON ST COUGARS 200 to 1
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS 200 to 1
COLORADO BUFFALOES 200 to 1