Pac-10 NCAA College Football Betting Preview

Charlie Boccanegra | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The hierarchy in Pac-10 football is usually divided into two groups. One contains the University of Southern California. And the other includes everybody else.

Yes, that’s been the pecking order on the West Coast in recent years. USC has captured seven straight Pac-10 conference crowns and seems destined to make it eight this year. While in-state rival Cal will likely make a push, the Bears are still a longshot to knock the Trojans from their perch. Here are our predictions for the year:

Will Finish….

No. 1 – USC Trojans No. 2 – Cal Bears No. 3 – Oregon Ducks No. 4 – Oregon State Beavers No. 5 – Arizona State Sun Devils No. 6 – UCLA Bruins No. 7 – Stanford No. 8 – Arizona No. 9 – Washington No. 10 – Washington State

Best Player…

Jahvid Best, Cal. With all due respect to Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers and USC safety Taylor Mays, Best is simply the best (pardon the pun) player in the conference. Named the most explosive player in college football by Rivals.com, Best is looking to follow up on his monster 2008 campaign (194 carries, 1,580 yards, 15 TDs) with an even bigger season in ’09. Expect him to be smack in the middle of Pac-10 MVP and Heisman talk should he manage to stay healthy.

Biggest Storyline…

How will the Trojans adjust to life without Mark Sanchez? It’s the one position where USC actually has a question mark – with Sanchez now plying his trade in New York, Pete Carroll and the Trojans staff turn the offense over to Aaron Corp (with true freshman Matt Barkley backing him up). College football betting will be keenly focused on Corp, a sophomore with zero playing experience. He did briefly flirt with the starting job when Sanchez dislocated his kneecap a year ago, but never got into a regular-season contest. Corp reminds many of John David Booty, a smart precision passer who lacks athleticism and a big arm. How that’ll fit into a gifted Trojans offense remains to be seen.

Best Game…

Saturday, October 3: USC at Cal. After last year’s disappointment – the No. 21 Bears could only muster a field goal in a 17-3 loss to the No. 7 Trojans – all eyes will be on this game as something of a revenge contest for the Bears. When it comes to sports betting, keep an eye what Jahvid Best does for Cal – last year against USC, he could only rack up 30 yards on 13 carries in an utterly forgettable performance.

Best of the Rest…

Steve Sarkisian takes over an 0-12 Washington Huskies team, but does have a quality QB in Jake Locker – the Huskies should win at least two or three games this year…USC receiver Ronald Johnson finished last year with a stellar two-TD game against Penn State in the Rose Bowl – he’ll arguably be the finest WR in the Pac-10 for 2009…It’s hard to put into words how much Arizona will miss QB Willie Tuitama, who owns almost every school passing record and brought the Wildcats to their first bowl game in a decade last season…

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