With new coaches in at Oregon, USC and Washington, and a bevy of transfer quarterbacks in position to compete for starting jobs, the Pac-12 is getting a makeover for the 2022 season as it seeks to snap a five-year College Football Playoff drought. Among the league’s other changes is a shift in how Pac-12 title game participants are determined, as it will now be the two teams with the best league winning percentage squaring off, regardless of division.
Because of the coaching transitions among the league’s biggest brands, defending Pac-12 champion Utah enters the new season as the most-established team in the league. Head coach Kyle Whittingham will be coaching his 18th season, and he’s got the league’s steadiest QB in Cam Rising. But even with the Utes on solid footing after a Rose Bowl appearance, the Trojans figure to be league’s biggest story in 2022.
With Lincoln Riley arriving at USC from Oklahoma and bringing in a star-studded class of transfers with him, including QB Caleb Williams from Oklahoma and reigning Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison from Pittsburgh, the Trojans are expected to quickly rebound from last season’s 4-8 fiasco. In the North, Oregon and Washington also expect to be competitive immediately under first-year coaches.
The 2022 college football season is right around the corner, and Caesars Sportsbook has released over/under win totals for every Pac-12 team. Here are our summer picks for how each team will fare in relation to the expectations of Las Vegas.
Over/under 2.5 wins
Wins: North Dakota State, Colorado, Washington StateLosses: at San Diego State, Mississippi State, at Cal, Oregon, at Washington, USC, at Utah, at UCLA, Arizona State
Analysis: Even if the Wildcats lose two of their three nonconference…