The 2022 college football season will be here before you know it, so make sure you have done all of your homework by the time it all begins in late August.
I have been trying to do my part to help with that, by writing about WynnBET’s college football win totals this summer. I’ve already done analysis on the SEC East, SEC West, Big Ten East, Big Ten West, Big 12, and Pac 12 North. Make sure to read those previews before betting on those divisions.
It is time to make sense of the Pac 12 South, a division that features plenty of firepower with USC and Utah at the top. But is there value in this six-team grouping at this point in the offseason? Let’s find out!
Pac 12 South Win Totals
USC: 9.5 (Over +115/Under -130)
Utah: 8.5 (Over -160/Under +145)
UCLA: 8 (Over -140/Under +125)
Arizona State: 6.5 (Over -110/Under +100)
Colorado: 3.5 (Over +160/Under -180)
Arizona: 3 (Over -105/Under -105)
All odds as of Tuesday, June 28. Remember to view our sportsbook promotions for more details on new offers and bonuses.
2021 Pac 12 South Standings
Utah 10-4 (8-1)
UCLA 8-4 (6-3)
Arizona State 8-5 (6-3)
USC 4-8 (3-6)
Colorado 4-8 (3-6)
Arizona 1-11 (1-8)
USC Trojans vs. Utah Utes
Unlike the North division, there is more firepower at the top with USC and Utah leading the way.
The Trojans are coming off a four-win season, but that doesn’t even begin to tell their whole story. Lincoln Riley is now at the helm after leading Oklahoma the past five seasons. The Sooners went 55-10 under Riley, and their offense was consistently one of the best in the country.
Riley brought quarterback Caleb Williams with him. Williams replaced preseason Heisman favorite, Spencer Rattler, midway through the 2021 campaign. Williams threw for 1,912 passing yards and 21 touchdowns while adding 442 yards and six scores on the ground. He figures to have plenty of weapons to give the ball to at USC, including transfers Jordan Addison and Mario Williams.
Maybe it all clicks for the Trojans right away, but the hype feels out of control at this point. This program has not won more than eight games in a single season since 2017. This team can improve a lot this year, but there are definitely depth concerns across the board.
Utah, meanwhile, might be a bit undervalued. The Utes won double-digit games en route to capturing a Pac 12 crown with a 38-10 victory over Oregon. Utah eventually lost to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, but that 48-45 thriller was arguably the most-entertaining matchup last season.
Quarterback Cameron Rising has returned, which is crucial because Utah became a different team after he took over in Week 3. Rising, who threw for 2,493 yards and 20 touchdowns last year, will have his favorite targets back, including tight ends Brant Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid.
Utah ranks in the top-50 in returning production and project to be a favorite in every game this season. The Utes are currently favored by 2.5 points in their season opener against Florida at WynnBET’s online sportsbook, and currently project to be favored by a touchdown at home against USC.
The over is juiced to -160 on Utah’s win total for a reason, as this team should be the league favorite.
My favorite bets in this conference involve the two favorites. I do like the over on Utah’s win total and the under for USC — because I think those teams should be flipped. But I’ve already said enough about both squads, and want to give another recommendation for this division.
Consider the under for Arizona State’s win total of 6.5, especially since you can still get plus-money right now. The Sun Devils are such an enigma. At times, they looked like one of the more talented teams in the country during their 8-5 campaign in 2021. They also consistently shot themselves in the foot with an average of 78 penalty yards per game.
Something tells me that Herm Edwards’ fifth season at the helm won’t be any less rocky. The Sun Devils have had plenty of roster turnover while the program faces an NCAA investigation. ASU has made changes on the coaching staff, including at both offensive and defensive coordinator. To top it off, Arizona State will have a new quarterback after Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU.
ASU will probably be 2-1 heading into league play, but begin with matchups against both Utah and USC. After that, the Sun Devils have plenty of toss-up games that could decide the fate of this win total, but I’m not sure any of these matchups should be considered a layup.