Pac-12 Week 8 Betting Tips and Picks: 3 Games to Consider

Pac-12 Week 8 Betting Tips and Picks: 3 Games to Consider

The Pac-12 schedule this weekend features two games that will sort out the division favorites in North and South, and another with two teams each looking to move past a disappointing loss and reassert themselves. Here is everything you need to know about college football betting in the Pac-12 for week 8:

  1. Colorado at No. 15 Washington

    This is the game with two teams looking to put last week in the rearview mirror. Colorado suffered its first loss of the season in a 31-20 defeat at USC, with Washington losing an overtime thriller to Oregon on the road.

    Colorado going down to USC wasn’t all that surprising as the Buffaloes were underdogs due to the fact that they hadn’t played anyone of note. Similarly, Colorado finds itself a road underdog (+15.5, via SugarHouse) this weekend against a Huskies team whose two defeats were by a combined eight point with both occurring on the road.

    The Buffaloes’ offense has carried them for much of the season, but USC’s defense dominated the unit last week. Colorado only amassed 164 yards through three quarters and had all of seven points before showing flickers of life in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand. It won’t any easier against Huskies defense that while not playing up to its usual standards is still pretty formidable, conceding the second-fewest yards per play in the Pac-12.

    Adding to the doubt whether Colorado can pull off the upset is the uncertain status of star wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., who hurt his toe against USC and did not finish the game. The Huskies will win Saturday, but certainly not by three scores. Bet Colorado to beat the +15.5 point spread on SugarHouse .

  2. #12 Oregon at #25 Washington State

    This is the marquee matchup in the Pac-12 this week with the winner having the inside track to claiming the North crown. Washington State had a bye last week, while Oregon had a physical game against rival Washington that saw the Ducks prevail in overtime.

    As is the case with any Mike Leach-coached team, WSU’s offense is based almost exclusively around going vertical. The Cougars are the No. 1 passing attack in the country averaging 413.7 yards per game and seventh in passing touchdowns. Conversely, WSU only attempts to run the ball an average of 20.8 times per game and its 71.8 yards rushing per game is 128th nationally.

    Led by star quarterback Justin Herbert, Oregon has the offense to keep pace with WSU if the game turns into shootout as expected. The Ducks offense is a balanced attack, ranking 31st in the country in both passing yards (273.3) and rushing yards (209.5) per game and is tied for 11th in points per game (43.0).

    If the Ducks are to win on the road their defense must find a way to slow the Cougars. Certainly a tall task, though one the Oregon defense is capable of with the Ducks leading the Pac-12 in interceptions per game and giving up the second-fewest passing yards per game.

    WSU is the slight favorite (-3, via SugarHouse), which feels right between two teams that are good but not without noticeably faults. The Cougars win, but bet Oregon to cover +3 on SugarHouse .

  3. USC at Utah

    Similar to how the Oregon-Washington State winner factor heavily into who wins the Pac-12 North, USC versus Utah will go a long way to dictating which team emerges in the South. A Trojans win and the Utes will fall two games behind in the loss column and not hold the tiebreaker, effectively eliminating them from contention.

    USC enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak, rebounding nicely from a rough start to the season that saw the Trojans drop consecutive games on the road to Stanford and USC. Utah is also playing well, putting up 40 and 42 points the past two weeks in dominating wins over Stanford and Arizona, respectively.

    The Utes have a physical defense that virtually shuts down an opponent’s ground game. Utah is allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game (77.3) and the third-fewest rushing yards per attempt (2.5).

    Utah’s stifling defense against the run makes for an especially bad matchup for the Trojans, who have had major issues running the ball with any consistent success. This puts the onus on quarterback JT Daniels to make plays, something the true freshman has struggled with throughout the season. And on defense USC will be without star senior outside linebacker Porter Gustin, who is out for the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle.

    USC is on the upswing but so too is Utah, and the Utes are also healthier and at home. Bet the Utes to win and cover the -6.5-point spread at SugarHouse.

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