For the past few seasons, the prowess of the Pac-12 has been called into question. With historic powers generally falling toward the bottom of the standings, the conference didn’t have a national footprint. However, the USC Trojans made the most drastic changes to their team for the 2022 college football season, adding Lincoln Riley, Caleb Williams, and a host of other high-profile transfers. Will USC rise to power? Or can the Utah Utes stave them off for a second consecutive Pac-12 title? Find Pac-12 odds, team previews, power rankings, and more below.
Pac-12 odds 2022
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2022 Pac-12 outlook and projections
USC Trojans ()
For the first time in years, USC is at the forefront of college football conversation. Not only did they land a prolific and proven head coach in Lincoln Riley, but also his star quarterback, the nation’s top receiver, and the best transfer class in the country. The Trojans will be a case study in rebuilding and potentially will set a dangerous precedent for college football moving forward. If they see success under Caleb Williams, this won’t be the last school to fire everything they got and reshape the college football landscape.
Utah Utes ()
21 teams return a head coach, both coordinators, and a starting quarterback this coming season, but few are as promising a situation than Utah. Cameron Rising is a gutty playmaker who’s inched his way into Heisman conversations and the rising defensive unit looks to be as nasty as the last. The Utes had five players named to Athlon Sports’ preseason All Pac-12 Team, including safety Cole Bishop and corner Clark Phillips III on the backend. Continuity is extremely important as Utah travels to Gainesville to play Florida in one of the toughest Week 1 asks for any team.
Oregon Ducks ()
Despite massive turnover in the coaching ranks, Oregon enters 2022 with a positive trajectory. Dan Lanning is the new head coach, Kenny Dillingham (Florida State) comes in at OC, and Oregon turned to the NFL for their DC and other key position coaches. Possibly the most important note, they return their entire offensive line, which promises to be one of the best units in the country under Steelers OL coach Adrian Klemm. Landing Bo Nix in the transfer portal is instrumental for the Ducks’ Week 1 game against Georgia in Atlanta because Nix is the only player on the roster with experience against Georgia.
UCLA Bruins ()
Books are very bullish on UCLA this coming season. The Bruins play the Power Five’s easiest schedule per FPI and return QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and RB Zach Charbonnet. However, they lose a lot on both the offensive and defensive lines (a spot they lack depth in already), as well as their OL coach. They don’t face an opponent in the top 90 in FPI until Week 5 (Washington) and buffer their Utah and Oregon games with a bye week in between. Chip Kelly is set up to capitalize on his four-year extension and UCLA will be in the rankings early on this year.
Washington Huskies ()
After just four wins and plenty of reports of a terrible culture at Washington, the Huskies clear house and bring over Kalen deBoer after a successful, albeit brief, stint at Fresno State. deBoer also brings over Indiana transfer QB Michael Penix Jr., who deBoer coached in Bloomington as the OC. The cohesion in the coaching staff brought over from Fresno State should be good for early-season Washington, who has a favorable schedule and handles their toughest out-of-conference game at home (Michigan State).
Arizona State Sun Devils ()
Few teams had as nightmarish an offseason as Arizona State did and that’s reason to get completely out on the Sun Devils. Several players left, damning video of the locker room went viral, and the program is under investigation for NCAA violations. Head coach Herm Edwards deferred blame to his coordinators (who Arizona State burned through multiple of) and the vibe of the program is looking rough. They’re saved by a favorable schedule, at least in the wins department, but ASU could be looking at serious turnover or irrelevance in the very near future.
Oregon State Beavers ()
Oregon State was a much-improved team in 2021, but look out for another jump in 2022. They return their HC, OC, DC, and QB this season (one of just 21 teams to do so) and three of five OL starters that were a part of a Joe Moore Award finalist crew last year. Four of their OL starters were named to the preseason All-Conference team (first- or second-team) and head coach Jonathan Smith signed a lengthy contract extension. The Beavers will look to replace 1,000-yard rusher BJ Baylor with three-star freshman Damien Martinez out of Texas.
Washington State Cougars ()
After a few seasons in the run-n-shoot, Washington State is reverting back to a true air raid under head coach Jake Dickert. The Cougars hired Incarnate Word head coach Eric Morris as the OC and, as a result, brought over highly-touted FCS transfer Cameron Ward to be the QB. Wazzu has a downright brutal start to the season with games at Wisconsin, vs. Oregon, vs. Cal, and at USC in the first six games. Ward also joins a team ranked last in the conference in roster talent, with their 247Sports rating being more akin to a Mountain West team.
Stanford Cardinal ()
Stanford is one of 21 teams returning their HC, OC, DC, and QB this coming season. They also return 83% of production from last year, which points to greater early-season success. A scheduling quirk for the Cardinal: they finish the season with 10 consecutive games after they scheduled a Week 3 bye. Stanford also landed the top recruiting class in the Pac-12 this past cycle, but lost leading rusher Austin Jones to USC in the transfer portal.
California Golden Bears ()
Always competitive (though wins can be scant), Cal loads up for another year challenging the Pac-12 for its best defense. In comes linebacker transfer Jackson Sirmon from Washington, who was one of the most sought-after talents in the portal this year. In 2021, Cal lost five of their seven games by a single score and finished the year with a +9 turnover margin. Though they return just 53% of their production from a year ago, more than three-fourths of their defensive production comes back for 2022, an encouraging number for the Golden Bears.
Colorado Buffaloes ()
Colorado took one look at their 122nd-ranked points per drive offense and decided that Minnesota’s 60th-ranked unit was more attractive. They hired away OC Mike Sanford and brought on tight ends coach Clay Patterson as passing game coordinator. One departure that’ll hinder what little offensive production the Buffs had last year is all purpose yards leader Brenden Rice (son of Jerry Rice), who left for USC. However, they did hire Oregon corners coach Rod Chance to coach their corners, a terrific developmental coach.
Arizona Wildcats ()
The good news for Arizona: There’s no further down they could fall than last year’s debacle. In comes Washington State transfer QB Jayden de Laura, who is the presumed starter despite living in a run-n-shoot scheme for his college career. Arizona also got de Laura a terrific playmaker, UTEP transfer Jacob Cowing, who chose U of A over suitors like Oregon, LSU, and Florida. Arizona brings in a massive group of talent that pulled them out from the least-talented roster in the Pac-12 to 10th.
Players to watch
Caleb Williams, QB, USC: Williams cemented himself as the highest-profile recruit potentially ever when he made the move with head coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to USC. He flashed superstar potential despite a difficult situation in Norman, eventually overtaking preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler for the starting gig.
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon: Nix had a high-profile career at Auburn where he didn’t quite meet expectations before heading north to Oregon. He developed each year of his career, improving his completion percentage each season. Nix is joined by former Florida State OC Kenny Dillingham.
Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State: Ward is a transfer from FCS Incarnate Word. The jump from FCS to Power Five is concerning to some, but Washington State certainly seemed to think he was up for the challenge. Wazzu will move back to the traditional air raid system this year after a two-year hiatus, almost guaranteeing productive numbers from Ward.
Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon: Brother of Lions tackle Penei, Noah Sewell made a name for himself. He’s the top linebacker in the next crop of NFL prospects according to CBS Sports after racking up 114 tackles in 2021– second-most in the Pac-12. With Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning assuming head coaching duties at Oregon, Sewell won’t have any shortage of good coaching on his side.
Pac-12 Power Rankings
1. Utah: Pac-12 champions that return a lot of their good production and have cohesion among the coaching staff. That points to continued success if not improvement in 2022. They were the clear best team in the Pac-12 last year and will be again to start this year.
2. USC: Without a single game being played, USC is the most interesting team in the conference. They have the most talent on offense but defense remains a mystery. Like teams like Texas and Miami, they’re nothing if not talented.
3. Oregon: How much of Oregon’s success was due to having a terrific coaching staff under Mario Cristobal? We’ll certainly find out with this revamped Ducks team. Bo Nix leaves a lot to be desired in the SEC, but is a clear upgrade to Anthony Brown and other Pac-12 QB situations.
4. UCLA: The ceiling for UCLA annually is about 8 wins, which is good for something. With a lot of pieces staying put– including offense centerpiece Zach Charbonnet– and an easy schedule, UCLA should look similar to last year.
5. Washington: A bad culture in the locker room last season produced just four wins for Washington. They have the third-most talented roster per 247Sports, but their recruiting prowess has gone south. Kalen deBoer brings in a much more stable staff that should help their talented roster thrive.
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Pac-12 results 2021
|South||Conference Record||North||Conference Record|
|Arizona State||6-3||Oregon State||5-4|
Past conference champions
^Indicates BCS National Championship appearance
*Indicates College Football Playoff berth
How to bet on conference winners
When it comes to betting any prop, shop around to ensure you’re getting the best prices. Just because Caesars Sportsbook offers Utah to win the Pac-12 at +250 doesn’t mean all books do; DraftKings Sportsbook might offer the same prop at +400, giving you a higher potential payout. Here at TheLines, we pull all of the odds for you to ensure you’re always getting the best odds.
College football betting can seem daunting at first, with a number of league-specific factors coming into play. When betting the Pac-12 conference, it’s important to note:
- Strength of schedule (home/away splits, out of conference)
- Coaching prowess
- Star quarterbacks
- Returning production and cohesiveness
Factors like recruiting are important, too, when used in the right context. For example, the 2022 recruiting class likely won’t see the field for another year or two, so it’s important to delve back into prior years to get a feel for the roster talent. Especially in the Pac-12, also know the transfer portal and transfer classes. However, note teams that do and do not develop talent. For example, Utah is extremely good at developing lower-ranked recruiting classes whereas USC consistently signs top classes and under-delivers.