Connelly: Pac-12 opening weekend, game by game
- Bill Connelly is a staff writer for ESPN.com.
At last, all the competitors will be in the ring. Our Royal Rumble-style introduction to the 2020 college football season, one conference at a time (more or less), will become a complete battle royal with the MAC making its debut on Wednesday, followed by the Pac-12 on Saturday.
The Pac-12 enters the ring with a dead-on sprint — six games in six weeks, followed by the conference title game. If a team wins all seven games, its College Football Playoff odds are pretty good. Anything less, and the odds get pretty dicey. ESPN’s Stats & Information gives Oregon, for instance, a 22% chance of winning out but only an 18% chance of making the CFP. USC is at 18% and 14%, respectively. Lose, and you’re probably out.
The Pac-12’s first weekend features a couple of interesting tests. Per SP+, both Oregon and USC are playing the second-best opponents on their respective schedules. Can the two teams most likely to go 6-0 get to 1-0 first?
Let’s take a look at those games, plus all the others in the conference.
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill as of Tuesday.
Arizona State Sun Devils at No. 20 USC Trojans (-10.5, 58), Noon ET
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