The Conference of Champions belonged to the underdogs this weekend.
More times than not, it’s tricky to identify which moneyline underdog to wager on and therefore makes it a scary bet. But on Saturday, the Pac-12 proved it can pay off and then some.
Every Pac-12 team that closed as Vegas underdogs in their respective contests on Saturday ended up winning outright. And if you would have bet them all in a moneyline parlay, well, you would have won a lot of money.
USC vs. Arizona State
Closing spread/moneyline: Arizona State +3 (+125), won 38-35
How it happened: The Sun Devils squandered a 24-7 lead by the third quarter, but recovered thanks to N’Keal Harry’s go-ahead punt return and Manny Wilkins 45-yard touchdown scamper.
Colorado vs. Oregon State
Closing spread/moneyline: Oregon State +26 (+1400), won 41-34 in overtime
How it happened: The Beavers outscored Colorado 24-3 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where Jack Colletto’s one-yard run sealed the win for Oregon State.
California vs. No. 15 Washington
Closing spread/moneyline: California +12 (+370), won 12-10
How it happened: The Golden Bears took the lead on a 37-yard pick-six by Evan Weaver at the end of the third quarter, then held on for the victory in the fourth.
No. 24 Stanford vs. No. 14 Washington State
Closing spread/moneyline: Washington State +2.5 (+120), won 41-38
How it happened: The Cougars rallied in the second half, taking a late lead on Gardner Minshew’s three-yard TD pass to Renard Bell. Freshman kicker Blake Mazza drilled a go-ahead 42-yard field goal with 19 seconds left for the win.
Arizona vs. No. 19 Oregon
Closing spread/moneyline: Arizona +7.5 (+235), won 44-15
How it happened: It was ugly for the Ducks from the start, as the Wildcats jumped out to a 16-0 lead and Oregon didn’t put up much of a fight after that.