As we get closer to the start of the 2019 NCAA Football season, it’s time time to take a deeper look at the favorites for each conference.
Top betting sites, YouWager, 5Dimes, and BetOnline have listed the odds on who will win each conference, let’s check the numbers and evaluate the potential for playoff berths.
After a multi-year run at being one of the strongest conferences in the country, the Pac 12 has taken a serious slide over the last two years. USC is a tough team, but they have the 3rd hardest schedule in the country, so it isn’t likely that they are going to win enough games to be in the mix for the Pac-12 title. The odds are on both the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies at +220 each to win the conference.
Justin Herbert is back, and the Ducks have a chance to get back to their winning ways. Meanwhile, the Huskies still boast the toughest defense in the West. One thing that Oregon has going for them is a fairly light schedule, which should rank somewhere around No. 50 in the country depending on who you talk to. Their schedule and talent put them in the top ten (power index) while Washington with a bit tougher of schedule sits around No. 17 PI.
The question is if the Ducks win the Pac-12, will they be deemed worthy of a playoff berth or would perhaps two SEC teams that had tougher schedules get the nod?
I think you know the answer to this one. Clemson is the heavy favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They sit around -400 to take the title and let’s be honest, no one in the ACC can give them a challenge. The only team to test them at all last season, surprisingly enough, was Syracuse.
Because of their loaded roster and middling schedule, they sit at No. 1 in ESPN’s Power Index. That said, the ‘Canes are looking pretty tough as we head into 2019’s campaign, but they won’t be tough enough to dethrone the Tigers.
The Big 12
The Big 12 was looking pretty rough for a while there, but it’s back, baby! That said, Oklahoma (-117), sporting one Alabama-transferred, Jalen Hurts is the clear-cut favorite to win the conference. Texas is next in line at +300 … then there is everyone else, way, way at the back of the line.
The Big 10
It’s going to be a two horse race between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Honestly, I think Harbough’s boys are probably the better team this year. But their schedule is insane, and thus, the Buckeyes are once again the favorites to take the B1G.
Ryan Day’s crew is +110 to take the conference, while the Wolverines are just behind at +225. The next closest in line is Penn State, back at nine to one. With Urban Meyer out of the picture, there is a lot of pressure on Coach Harbough to take back the Big 10, but their tough road games may not let that happen just yet. That said, if there are other one and two-loss teams in the SEC, it may be that we see two coming out of this conference instead of say, an Oregon Ducks squad from the currently weaker Pac-12.
The Alabama Crimson Tide once again lead the pack in the Southeastern Conference. The Tide can be found as low high as -200, with the Georgia Bulldogs next in line at +250. After that, it’s a huge gap to both Florida and LSU at +1400 apiece … then everyone else is basically a ridiculous longshot. Essentially, one of these two teams is making the playoffs, no matter how you slice it.