Offseason Pac 12 Analysis
Your NHL blog is getting fired up right now as the playoffs are almost here, but it is offseason time in the world of college football and the Pac-12 could be in for some changes, especially in the North Division where Washington could make some noise in 2012.
A BetOnline review may look to Oregon and Stanford as the leaders of the division, and they should as the programs have dominated over the last couple years.
However, the keys to the Ducks’ high-powered offense, quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James (especially the latter), are going to ply their trade at the next level.
Stanford managed to stay afloat after Jim Harbaugh went to the NFL to coach the San Francisco 49ers, but they could be in some trouble now that pivot Andrew Luck is gone to be the likely No.1 pick in the draft.
These are huge changes for any teams and that could mean they’ll be overvalued by those that purchase price per head bookie software.
The Huskies have their own issues as they have to replace their top two receivers after Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, but they still have quarterback Keith Price, although running back Chris Polk, who many would have had as a Heisman darkhorse this season if he had stayed in school.
Polk put up 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and those numbers will be hard to replace, but the Huskies also need some receivers to at least keep teams from loading eight in the box to defend against the run.
The defenses in the Pac-12 aren’t that great, so the Huskies should be able to still put up points.
Washington really only lost four senior starters from last year’s defense that was one of the worst in the country, so there isn’t really anywhere to go but up. Those who bet on MLB odds will tell you that you have to be able to keep runs off the board, and it’s the same in college football, expect substitute points for runs.
The Huskies couldn’t stop anyone through the air, and that’ll have to change if they’re going to make a move up through the North division.
There is a lot of pressure on Price, who battled knee injuries for a lot of 2011, but he says he is healthy and ready to go and that is good news for the Washington offense, which has to get out of the gate fast and build some confidence.
They’re not the only team in the North that has to make changes, so you shouldn’t count them out just yet.
Give their sports betting online odds a consideration.