Join expert capper as he analyses the positive and negative for each school entering the season and their College football odds to win the Pac-12 title.
<p>The Pac-12 was the big loser in NCAA football last year as it was the only Power 5 Conference left out of the College Football Playoff. And I frankly think it's going to happen again in 2016 as there doesn't appear to be any great teams on paper.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Stanford (+325)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> Umm, Heisman Trophy candidate and 2015 runner-up Christian McCaffrey! He may not have won the Heisman last year but was the AP Player of the Year. McCaffrey broke Hall of Famer Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season all-purpose yardage record with 3,864 and was the only FBS player to lead his team in rushing and receiving yardage. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/ncaaf-team-previews-stanford-cardinal/73566" title="NCAAF Team Previews: Stanford Cardinal">The Cardinal</a> are +185 favorites on <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/" title="Find All College Football Odds At SBR">college football odds</a> to repeat as Pac-12 North champion.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> Having to replace quarterback Kevin Hogan, the winning signal-caller in school history. In his career, Hogan led the Cardinal to three Pac-12 titles and two Rose Bowl wins. Either Keller Chryst or Ryan Burns has big shoes to fill.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Washington (+375)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> This is the chic team to win the Pac-12 title despite finishing just 7-6 last year. But that team was really young and freshman quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskins both learned on the job. Now they might be the best QB/RB duo in the conference. And this defense will be loaded again.</p><p><strong>Negative: </strong>Is this team ready to be the hunted for the first time in years? It should be noted that Washington is just 2-8 against Top 25 teams under Coach Chris Petersen and 0-4 against Pac-12 North rivals Oregon and Stanford.</p><p> </p><p><strong>UCLA (+425)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> The Bruins bring back probably the best starting quarterback in the conference in Josh Rosen, who set numerous school records as a true freshman last year in throwing for 3,670 yards and 23 touchdowns.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> If running back Paul Perkins hadn't declared for the NFL draft, this offense could have been scary good. Perkins rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. UCLA also could be 1-2 entering conference play with tough non-conference games at Texas A&M and BYU sandwiching an easy win over UNLV.</p><p> </p><p><strong>USC (+500)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> Purely on talent, this is the best team in the conference. But it's still rather thin because of those scholarship limitations. Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the most electric players in the nation and a candidate for All-American honors and the Biletnikoff Award. Last year, he had 89 catches for 1,454 yards with 10 TDs (all team bests). He'll be a Top 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, maybe Top 5.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> The guy who threw Smith-Schuster all those passes, quarterback Cody Kessler, is now in the NFL. Also, is new head coach Clay Helton perhaps overmatched? Helton went 0-2 after being named the permanent head coach late last year.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Oregon (+600)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/college-football-picks-improved-defense-will-boost-oregon-in-winning-at-least-9-games/73652" title="Improved Defense Will Boost Oregon In Winning At Least 9 Games">The Ducks</a> might have the most underrated -- unless you live on the West Coast -- all-around offensive talent in the country in Royce Freeman. Rather quietly last year, he rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns while catching 26 balls for 348 yards and two scores. Among players returning in 2016, only San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey has rushed for more yards the last two years than Freeman.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> Only five starters back on defense and the Ducks have to start over, again, with a quarterback from the FCS, this time, Montana State dual-threat QB Dakota Prukop. How likely is it that Oregon catches lightning in a bottle again as it did with Vernon Adams in 2015?</p><p> </p><p><strong>Utah (+1200)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> As usual, the defense will be among the Pac-12's best with seven starters due back, led by tackle Lowell Lotulelei. Running back Joe Williams emerged as an explosive runner late last season (with Devontae Booker hurt) with 399 yards in the final three games. Williams is back.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/pro-capper-gives-small-lean-on-utah-over-7-total-season-wins/73663" title="Pro Capper Gives Small Lean On Utah Over 7½ Total Season Wins">Utah</a> must replace a four-year starter at quarterback -- when he wasn't injured -- in Travis Wilson. The likely replacement will be JuCo transfer Troy Williams. He originally signed out of high school with Washington and was there for two years. He played at Santa Monica College last season. Williams missed about half of spring ball with Utah due to an arm injury.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Washington State (+1200)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> The return of quarterback Luke Falk, who is my projection to lead the nation in passing yards this season. He played in 12 of 13 games last year, missing the Apple Cup against Washington due to injury. Falk was first-team All-Pac-12 after completing 448 of 645 passes for 4,566 yards, 38 touchdown and eight interceptions. He led the nation in passing average at 380.5 ypg and was third in total offense at 370.9 ypg.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> All that throwing and fast-paced offense really wears down the defense. The Cougars were 94th nationally in yards allowed per game last year and 83rd in points allowed (28.8). That defense isn't likely to be any better.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Arizona State (+1600)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> Gorgeous, mega-fun campus with a lot of "talent." The non-conference schedule is very easy. Running back Demario Richard (209 carries, 1,098 yards, 7 TDs) is back.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> The Sun Devils have zero experience at quarterback. ASU will choose between three kids, sophomore Manny Wilkins and redshirt freshmen Brady White and Bryce Perkins, who have yet to attempt a college pass. Last year's top two receivers and four offensive linemen also are gone.</p><p> </p><p><strong>California (+2000)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> There was talk that head coach Sonny Dykes was unhappy in Berkeley and he interviewed for the Missouri job this offseason but stayed put for now. That's a good thing. Dykes is a terrific offensive mind who has led Cal from one win in 2013 to five the next year and then eight in 2015.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> The Bears have to replace one of the best quarterbacks in school history in Jared Goff, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams. Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb and sophomore Chase Forrest will battle for the job in fall camp.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Arizona (+2000)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> Should have a really good basketball team in 2016-17. The Wildcats were at least able to hang onto head coach Rich Rodriguez, who interviewed at South Carolina. RichRod turned the job down. Junior QB Anu Solomon returns but he apparently has to beat out sophomore Brandon Dawkins to keep his starting job.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> The Wildcats have been pretty terrible under Rodriguez defensively since he arrived in Tucson and this season he's basically starting over on that side of the ball with a new defensive coaching staff and scheme.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Colorado (+8000)</strong><br /><strong>Positive:</strong> Also a spectacular campus. The Buffs haven't had a winning season since 2005 and this is probably the last chance for Coach Mike MacIntyre, in his fourth year. The Buffs showed some signs at times in 2015 with close losses to ranked UCLA and Utah and a good USC team.</p><p><strong>Negative:</strong> There's a reason this team is 2-26 in the conference under MacIntyre -- the talent just doesn't match up. CU also, unfortunately, has to play two of the best teams from the North Division in Stanford and Oregon and both on the road.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Oregon State (+20000)</strong><br /><strong>Positive: </strong>There's no place to go but up for the Beavers, who bring back 14 starters from last year's disastrous 2-10 mark and winless Pac-12 record under first-year coach Gary Andersen.</p><p><strong>Negative: </strong>OSU will likely be favored once all year: Sept. 17 against FCS school Idaho State. So a second straight winless conference record seems likely as the Beavers have two new coordinators and a new starting quarterback. Oregon State is +10000 on <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/" title="Check Out Other College Football Picks At SBR">college football picks</a> to win the Pac-12 North. </p>