The Trojans never won the Pac-12 Championship, nor finished first in the rugged Pac-12 South Division. While that may all change this season, the Trojans are right in the running for both the Pac-12 Championship at Levis Stadium and the ever-looming College Football Playoffs according to Las Vegas' Bovada Odds.
Preseason media poll favorite Oregon leads the pack in both in the North Division and the overall Pac-12 Championship odds. While the Ducks have the quarterback, plethora of running back depth and aggressive defense to honor preseason hype, Oregon has won just one Pac-12 Championship as preseason favorite in the past three seasons.
Odds to win the Pac-12 Championship
Bovada typically sticks to form with the preseason projections, but feel that Mike Leach's Washington State squad could develop into the fourth-best team in the Pac-12 North Division. In a conference heavy with quarterback play, the trio of UCLA's Brett Hundley, USC's Cody Kessler and ASU's Taylor Kelly lead the way in the top heavy Pac-12 South.
Lets not sleep on Stanford, they have 6/1 odds of winning the Pac-12 Conference but return some key stars in WR/KR/PR Ty Montgomery, QB Kevin Hogan, OT Andrus Peat and DE Henry Anderson. The Cardinal do have to travel to Eugene to beat the Oregon Ducks and host USC in an epic Week Two match up in Palo Alto, Calif.
As we well know (after that 50-0 stomping in 2011), the Bruins have defeated the Trojans each of the past two seasons with the bullseye pegged Bruin Blue once again. UCLA does have a rather challenging conference schedule, traveling up to Washington and Arizona State, but host games against Oregon and USC late in the conference schedule.
Training Camp kicks off Monday, August 4th and fans are invited to attend Howard Jones Field to watch the first four days of practice live and in-person. The excitement continues to build for August 30th's opening kickoff against Fresno State, but all eyes in the Pac-12 will be set on the Trojans first conference test against Stanford.