2018 Pac-12 Championship Odds – College Football Betting Preview
When you tell the story of the Washington Huskies, it is one of a team that considered itself a genuine contender for the four-team college football playoff, but had to fight an uphill battle from the beginning because of a loss against Auburn in the opening game. They have stumbled a couple of other times along the way, but they’re coming off a very gratifying victory over Washington State as they move into the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night against the Utah Utes, kicking off at 8 PM ET at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Please keep in mind that if you are a VietBet customer, you can place wagers even after the game begins, utilizing the state-of-the-art software supplied through Live Betting Ultra.
2018 Pac-12 Championship Odds – College Football Betting Line:
In the 2018 Pac-12 championship odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, Washington is the favorite in this game:
Washington Huskies -5
Utah Utes +5
Over 44.5 points -110
Under 44.5 points -110
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2018 Pac-12 Championship Odds – CJ’s Take on Utah vs Washington:
Two years ago Washington (9-3 SU, 3-9 ATS) made it to the final four, but then lost convincingly to Alabama in the Peach Bowl, which also served as the national semi-final. Last year they got to the Fiesta Bowl and lost to Penn State. But they were able to once again beat Washington State, for their sixth straight victory in the annual Apple Cup, although we have to admit that the Cougars were somewhat handicapped in the snow, as they were held to 237 yards of offense.
But this is a team that has exhibited really good defense all season long, holding opponents to just 311 yards per game, 13th best in the country. And when you think about it, only one opponent (Oregon, in an overtime game) scored more than 24 against them.
Utah is also a team that has greatly depended on defense; they shut down the run and get pressure on the passer, and have allowed just 19.3 points per contest. This defensive line gets penetration; they had averaged 8.2 tackles for loss per game
These teams played back on September 15, as Washington recorded 21-7 when in Salt Lake City. Miles Gaskin, Washington’s star running back, did conquer the Utah defensive front, gaining 143 yards on the ground. And it was no fluke, as he has 1076 yards on the season.
It hasn’t necessarily been a great season for Jake Browning, Washington’s quarterback who many expected to be contender for the Heisman Trophy. Nonetheless, he has done a decent job, with 16 touchdown passes, and he’s in the top 25 in passing efficiency. One of the questions here is whether Washington might be able to control the game on the ground once more against this Utah team.
The Utes (9-3 SU, 7-5 ATS) are mentally resilient bunch, as head coach Kyle Whittingham was gushing over the way they came back from a deficit to score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and beat BYU 35-27 in the latest edition of their heated geographic rivalry.
One of the advantages they feel they boast is the presence of a star kicker, as Matt Gay has converted 23 of his 28 field-goal attempts. And that’s one of the reasons Utah has scored points on 91% of its red zone trips. To demonstrate how slick they are in those red zone situations, they have also held their opponents scoreless 37% of the time they have penetrated the 20-yard line. Washington is down near the bottom, believe it or not, in red zone offense, scoring points less than 78% of the time. Considering some of these factors, we are not sure that Washington can pull away in this one, and consequently we are inclined to take the points.
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By Charles Jay