NCAA football betting fans know that the one team that has dominated the Pac 10 is ineligible for the title as USC is under probation this college football gambling campaign.
The USC Trojans have been the powerhouse bully of the Pac 10 since 2002 but begin a new era as head coach Pete Carroll skipped town one step ahead of the law for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Carroll’s former assistant and recruiting ace Lane Kiffin cut and run on Tennessee after just 1 year on the job and needed a police escort out of town.
Pat Haden was hired as athletic director after Kiffin was hired and will have a zero tolerance policy for rules and compliance, which will keep things interesting. Carroll did not leave an empty cupboard as there is still plenty of talent here to beat the NCAA odds with but motivation and the transition are concerns.
Oregon is the defending Pac 10 champion but had a tumultuous off season filled with arrests and negative headlines that cause handicappers to question their discipline. The Ducks are VERY talented and have 17 starters back.
Arizona is coming off back-to-back bowl seasons and has 8 starters back on offense led by quarterback Nick Foles but their 0-33 blowout loss to Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl raises concerns about their legitimacy.
The Cal Bears have been a disappointment with the college football lines the past 3 seasons but operate best when under the radar as they are this year.
Cal has 14 starters back including 8 on offense led by senior quarterback Kevin Riley, who passed for 2850 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2009. Coach Jeff Tedford’s Bears could be a great value in 2010.
Oregon State has been the Pac 10 runner up the past 2 seasons and has 15 starters back although they will start a new sophomore quarterback. Coach Mike Riley seems to find a way to make Oregon State a NCAA football betting contender each year, even after traditionally slow starts.
Stanford was an impressive 8-5 last year as they manhandled teams under coach Jim Harbaugh. 15 starters return.
Washington has 18 starters back and improved by 5 games over 2008 in Steve Sarkisian’s first year.
UCLA is primed to make a move in Rick Neuheisel’s 3rd year on the job with 13 starters back.