The Pac-12 looks like it will be a very entertaining conference in 2015 and one where I will look to pick a lot of games against the spread. Here are five games I will look to be involved in this season:
September 25- Stanford at Oregon state: Stanford has an early season conference test at USC on national TV. Six days later they go up to Oregon State. Not a game you have to bet because Oregon State is going through a rebuilding process but something to keep an eye on early in the season.
October 22- California at UCLA: In a odd scheduling situation, UCLA play on Thursday nights in back-to-back weeks. They play at Stanford before hosting California. Stanford is a physical team that could wear down UCLA at the line of scrimmage. This could setup well for a California team that will look to play in a high tempo offense. I’m also high on California this season and think they will finish third in the Pac-12 North. The Golden Bears are off a bye week and I think they will keep it close in Pasadena.
November 21- USC at Oregon: November 21 is going to be terrific day in the Pac-12. This game headlines the slate in a cross-division matchup. Oregon will be coming off their annual meeting against Stanford, which has posed problems for the Ducks recently. Even if Oregon wins in Palo Alto, they will be physically worn down against a USC team that can throw the ball. Look for USC to cover the spread especially if the Pac-12 South title is still at stake.
November 21- California at Stanford: This is a big rivalry game but Stanford is coming off their game of the year against Oregon. Stanford gets to stay at home but California is a respectable opponent this season. I expect a very close game between these two rivals.
November 21- UCLA at Utah: A week before their huge city rivalry game against USC, UCLA has to travel to Utah. When I think of Salt Lake City in November I think of cold weather along with high altitude. This could be a big factor for a UCLA team used to a warmer climate. I think the Utes are becoming a team to respect in the Pac-12 and I expect they will get respect from the betting market in this game.