8/9/2018 1:35:00 PM
The Pac-12 is one of the toughest conferences to predict, the fact that four different teams won the last four titles proves it. This year Jazz Sportsbook has Washington as a +120 favorite to win the Pac-12 and their consistency in the backfield probably has a lot to do with it.
The question for the Huskies is, which version of Jake Browning will be under center leading their offense? Browning was a Heisman contender not long ago but he certainly didn't play up to that level last season, when he posted a career-low with 2,719 passing yards.
The signal-caller was incredibly efficient, completing a career-high 68.5 percent of his passes and throwing a career-low five interceptions in 13 games but his number of touchdowns decreased from 43 in 2016 to 19 last year.
Stud running back Myles Gaskin will share the backfield with Browning. Gaskin had 222 carries for 1,380 yards and 21 touchdowns in 13 games and he rushed for more than 120 yards in four of the final five regular season games.
The Washington receiving corps are a huge question mark though. Dante Pettis was the go-to guy for Browning last season but he was drafted by the 49ers and last year's second-leading receiver was freshman tight end Hunter Bryant, who caught 22 passes for 331 yards and one touchdown but he will miss most of the season after having knee surgery in early June.
Most of the defense that led the Pac-12 last season will come back. Finding a replacement for Vita Vea along the defensive line will be tough but their front seven is deep and their secondary should make a huge leap this year. There might be question marks for the Huskies but the core of the team will return and if Browning bounces back there's no reason to have low expectations this season.
Odds to win the Pac-12
Courtesy of Jazz Sportsbook
Washington State +2000
Arizona State +2500
Oregon State +5000
Check odds here: https://goo.gl/dVwAAb
Odds as seen on ESPN Chalk: https://goo.gl/ji6GJZ