Sep 14, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough (12) completes a pass against Montana at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kerr-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon, USC favored in truncated Pac-12 slate

The Pac-12 will finally kick off its seven-game, conference-only schedule this week, with Oregon and Southern California the “preseason” favorites.

The last of the conferences to begin play, the debate continues about whether any Pac-12 team will have a 2020 resume deep enough to warrant a College Football Playoff spot even with an undefeated record.

Oregon has been installed as the +180 favorite to win the Pac-12 by, followed by USC (+200). PointsBet is offering the Ducks at +195 and the Trojans at +210, while DraftKings has them listed as co-favorites at +200.

The 12th-ranked Ducks open their season against Stanford (+2800). They’ll do it without star offensive tackle Penei Sewell, who opted out to focus on the 2021 NFL Draft, where he is expected to be a top-five pick.

Sewell’s decision came after the Pac-12 originally decided to postpone the fall football season, and he didn’t change his mind after the conference decided in late September to move forward with a shortened schedule.

Oregon is still a 28-point favorite to roll past Stanford by PointsBet, where the over-under on the game is 51 points.

The Pac-12 also had a request to expand the CFP denied, which likely means an undefeated team would also have to be dominant in order to gain serious consideration. The Pac-12 championship game is scheduled for Dec. 18.

The late start and shortened schedule has also impacted player futures, with no Pac-12 players among the 19 players DraftKings is offering Heisman Trophy odds on.

Pac-12 odds, over/under win total (
Oregon +180, 6
USC +200, 5.5
Washington +500, 4.5
Utah +700, 4.5
Arizona State +850, 4.5
Cal +2500, 4.5
Washington State +2500, 2
Stanford +2800, 3.5
UCLA +2800, 3.5
Arizona +5000, 1.5
Oregon State +8000, 1.5
Colorado +10000, 1.5

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal has yet to name his starting quarterback against Stanford, although is offering Tyler Shough at -1000 ahead of Anthony Brown (+650).

Other Pac-12 Week 1 starting QB odds:
Utah: Jake Bentley -1100, Cameron Rising +675
Washington: Kevin Thomson -200, Jacob Sirmon +150, Dylan Morris +800, Ethan Garbers +1200

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) and teammates celebrate the 52-17 win following the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State pulls even with Clemson in CFP odds

The Clemson Tigers remain in a precarious position with quarterback Trevor Lawrence sidelined for at least one more game following his positive COVID-19 test.

The Tigers (7-0) escaped Boston College’s upset bid on Saturday but now must face fourth-ranked Notre Dame (6-0) minus their Heisman Trophy hopeful.

Clemson saw its grip on the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll shrink to two points this week, and oddsmakers are equally skittish on the Tigers’ College Football Playoff aspirations.

Overwhelming favorites just a week ago, Clemson is now being offered at +200 along with the Ohio State Buckeyes at several sportsbooks, including PointsBet. The two were also being offered at +200 by, although Clemson was bet down to +150 by Monday while Ohio State’s odds had lengthened to +260, behind the Alabama Crimson Tide (+200).

Alabama was being offered at +250 by PointsBet. The only other school listed at less than +1600 was Texas A&M (+900).

Notre Dame was being offered at +3000 by PointsBet and +4000 by, where the Fighting Irish were 6-point home underdogs for Saturday’s marquee game.

Heisman Trophy odds were off the board at both books. The heavy favorite before his positive test, Lawrence is now third at DraftKings at +400, behind Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+125) and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (+150).

Lawrence remained the -105 Heisman favorite at FanDuel after the news of his positive test broke, but those odds had lengthened to +200 by Monday. Fields and Jones are now the co-betting favorites at +150.

CFP winner odds (
Clemson +150
Alabama +200
Ohio State +260
Georgia +1200
Florida +2000
Notre Dame +4000
Texas A&M +5000
Wisconsin +6600
Oregon +8000
Oklahoma State +10000
USC +10000
Oklahoma +10000
BYU +10000
Cincinnati +10000
Kansas State +10000
Indian +10000
Michigan +12500
Miami (Fla.) +15000
Texas +15000
Washington +15000
Auburn +15000
Iowa +15000
Memphis +15000
Iowa State +15000

–Field Level Media

Sep 28, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) drops back to pass during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ AFC, Super Bowl odds tighten after thumping Ravens

The Kansas City Chiefs separated as clear Super Bowl LV favorites following their 34-20 victory at the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

The Ravens had pulled even with the Chiefs and passed them at some sportsbooks after beating their first two opponents by a combined score of 71-22. But their 14-point home loss to the Chiefs included reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson passing for only 97 yards and the offense producing only 13 points while playing from behind most of the game.

Co-favorites with the Ravens at +500 by DraftKings after Week 2, the Chiefs were being offered at +400 on Tuesday, followed by the Ravens at +650. The Chiefs had even shorter odds at (+375), with the Ravens +650.

The Chiefs are also now +210 favorites to win the AFC Championship, followed by the Ravens (+300) and Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, who are both +800.

The 3-0 Seattle Seahawks are the third Super Bowl betting favorite at +1000 at both sportsbooks, while being offered at +400 to win the NFC.

The Green Bay Packers have seen their Super Bowl odds shorten to +1400 at DraftKings and +1100 at after also starting 3-0, highlighted by a 37-30 victory at the New Orleans Saints, the previous top contender in the NFC.

The Packers are even with the Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at DraftKings, with the Bucs moving from +1800 a week ago.

The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans, expected to be playoff contenders entering the season, have plummeted to +10000 longshots following 0-3 starts, while the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings have dropped to +5000 and +6600, respectively.

While the Eagles are 0-2-1, they are only a half-game out of first place in the NFC East, whose four teams have combined for a 2-9-1 start. The Redskins remain +17500 longshots at DraftKings despite being tied atop the division with the Dallas Cowboys (+1800).

Super Bowl 55 Odds (DraftKings)
Kansas City Chiefs: +400
Baltimore Ravens: +650
Seattle Seahawks: +1000
Green Bay Packers: +1400
New Orleans Saints: +1400
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1400
Pittsburgh Steelers: +1600
San Francisco 49ers: +1600
Buffalo Bills: +1700
Dallas Cowboys: +1800
New England Patriots: +2000
Tennessee Titans: +2200
Indianapolis Colts: +2500
Los Angeles Rams: +2500
Arizona Cardinals: +3000
Chicago Bears: +3300
Cleveland Browns: +4000
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Philadelphia Eagles: +5000
Los Angeles Chargers: +6600
Minnesota Vikings: +6600
Detroit Lions: +8000
Atlanta Falcons: +10000
Houston Texans: +10000
Denver Broncos: +12500
Jacksonville Jaguars: +17500
Miami Dolphins: +17500
Washington Football Team: +17500
New York Giants: +20000
Carolina Panthers: +20000
Cincinnati Bengals: +25000
New York Jets: +30000

–Field Level Media