With college football spring games wrapping up and the 2022 NFL Draft in full swing, football is certainly in the air, and Arizona sports betting apps have plenty of wagering options. In fact, BetRivers Arizona recently dropped some college football futures, including 2022 Pac-12 Conference champion odds.
The 2021 season ended with Utah taking home its first Pac-12 title by defeating Oregon in the conference title game. The Utes could’ve had an even better season, but were unable to hold on in the final quarter of the Rose Bowl and fell to Ohio State, 48-45.
Let’s take a look at BetRivers Sportsbook’s Pac-12 2022 Conference Championship odds.
Pac-12 Conference 2022 Championship Odds
|Team||BetRivers Pac-12 Championship Odds|
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Looking at the 2022 Pac-12 conference odds laid out here, it’s clear that this is viewed as a three-team race, with the Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans, and Utah Utes closely grouped together before a significant drop-off to Washington and UCLA. This isn’t surprising, considering the overall weakness of the conference, which unfortunately includes Arizona State following the transfer of QB Jayden Daniels.
USC has made the largest jump relative to where it finished last year. Following a disappointment-filled 2021 season where they finished 4-8, there have been some major changes that have shot the Trojans to the top of the odds list.
Headlining those changes was USC flipping college football on its head and hiring former Oklahoma Sooners’ head coach Lincoln Riley. He wasn’t the only Sooner to make the trip to Los Angeles, as Heisman-candidate quarterback Caleb Williams tagged along as well. Williams was joined by 12 other transfers and Riley also landed four-star WR C.J. Williams who flipped his commitment from Notre Dame.
Oregon opened as the betting favorite before moving down to a closer third, but there are some question marks surrounding the program. Former head coach Mario Cristobal has been replaced by Dan Lanning, the youngest head coach across all Power 5 programs. Last year’s starting quarterback Anthony Brown is out of the picture. Oregon landed Auburn transfer Bo Nix, who hasn’t lived up to the 5-star hype he had coming out of high school. The Ducks could also turn to 4-star redshirt freshman Ty Thompson.
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The Rest Of The List
If you’re looking to place a futures bet outside of the top three, UCLA makes the most sense. You’re also getting a better price with BetRivers, as FanDuel Arizona currently has the Bruins listed at +700. The Bruins finished 2021 in a strong way, with three straight wins against Colorado, USC, and Cal by a combined score of 148-67. The situation is more stable as well, with head coach Chip Kelly returning along with fifth-year quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
Both Washington and Washington State are dealing with coaching and quarterback changes. Stanford had a solid 2022 recruiting class, but it’s hard to see its offense improving too much from last year. Its 20.4 offensive points per game ranked third-fewest in the Pac-12.
If Arizona Wildcat fans are looking for a reason to be optimistic, its 2022 recruiting class ranks third in the Pac-12 and 22nd in the nation per 247Sports. Looking ahead to 2023, the Wildcats currently have a 4-star quarterback commitment in Brayden Dorman.
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