One of the most hotly-anticipated of all conference deciders, the Pac-12 Championship Game reunites the undefeated Washington Huskies and 11-1 Oregon Ducks in a rematch of their thrilling Week 8 encounter.
Will Washington win and seal their place in the playoffs? Or can Oregon push their own playoff agenda with a Pac-12 title? Ahead of the game, we’ve got the latest college football betting odds, DFS picks, and a Pac-12 Championship Game prediction.
Pac-12 Championship Game Betting and DFS Preview
All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook and correct as of Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. Want to take advantage of the Pac-12 Championship Game odds? Visit the College Football Network live college football odds page to place bets in your state.
Oregon -340, Washington +270
- Game time
8 p.m. ET
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
- Predicted Weather at Kick
45 degrees, 4 mph winds, partly cloudy
- How to Watch
Should you hammer the Huskies on Friday night? Looking to make some dollars on the Ducks? If you’re going to take advantage of the Pac-12 Championship Game odds, consider some of the following factors before you part with your hard-earned cash.
Despite losing to Washington in Week 8, and in the 2022 clash between the two Pac-12 giants, Oregon enters the game as the favorite. The result would put the cat amongst the pigeons in the race for the College Football Playoff. It would be typically Pac-12 cannibalism for the conference to put their candidacy for the playoff in jeopardy at the end — as happened with USC last year.
Obviously, an Oregon win could propel them into the playoff instead of the Huskies, and our Pac-12 Championship Game prediction suggests they can get the win on Friday night. However, the 9.5-point line is a little long for our taste. This matchup has seen a winning margin over four points just once in the last five editions.
Washington covered the only other time that they were an underdog in the 2023 college football season. With two of the top scoring offenses in the country, it’s easy to consider hammering the over in this game. However, the Ducks haven’t given up over 30 points since the Huskies game, and their defense could ensure the title game comes under the 67-point line on Friday.
Top DFS Picks and Fantasy Plays
- QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington
- QB Dylan Morris, Washington
- QB Bo Nix, Oregon
- RB Dillon Johnson, Washington
- RB Tybo Rogers, Washington
- RB Will Nixon, Washington
- RB Germie Bernard, Washington
- RB Bucky Irving, Oregon
- RB Jordan James, Oregon
- RB Jayden Limar, Oregon
- WR Rome Odunze, Washington
- WR Jalen McMillan, Washington
- WR Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington
- WR Troy Franklin, Oregon
- WR Tez Johnson, Oregon
- WR Traeshon Holden, Oregon
- TE Jack Westover, Washington
- TE Terrance Ferguson, Oregon
- TE Patrick Herbert, Oregon
There are two college football games on the Friday of Championship Game weekend to compile your DFS team from. If you’re new to DFS, Fanduel Superflex contests require you to select a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, and a “Superflex” that can be any of the above or a tight end.
Kicking off your Pac-12 Championship Game picks at the quarterback position, there are four high-scoring options available to you on Friday night. Liberty’s Kaidon Salter leads all four with 359.14 fantasy points and was impressive against New Mexico State the last time they met. Oregon’s Bo Nix is next up, with 352.14. Having one at QB and one in the flex would be a dream.
There are several high-scoring running back options across Friday’s slate too, with Oregon’s Bucky Irving being the obvious headliner. The Ducks’ dynamo is past the 1,000-yard mark for the year, has 10 touchdowns, is active as a receiver, and as such is the ideal fantasy running back option. No RB in action Friday has more rushing TDs than Liberty’s Quinton Cooley.
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We haven’t mentioned any Washington players in this segment, but that’s about to change. Rome Odunze is the standout receiving option across both Friday games, with 226.3 fantasy points this year. Odunze, Troy Franklin, and Ja’Lynn Polk are your dream trio, but if you’re in search of value WRs then Trent Hudson or CJ Daniels may be less pricy than the Pac-12 picks.
Prediction for the Pac-12 Championship Game
Okay, so we’ve furnished you with the Pac-12 Championship Game odds and some DFS picks. Now, it’s time to close this thing out with our prediction. Will Washington repeat their Week 8 win and secure their place in the playoff? Or will Oregon overturn that earlier defeat and make for difficult decisions on Selection Sunday as a one-loss conference champion?
Despite both teams winning out since that initial meeting, in many respects, they’ve traveled slightly different trajectories. Washington came into the clash as a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut, reinforcing that feeling with their late game-winning drive at the hands of Heisman Trophy hopeful Michael Penix Jr.
Yet since then, the Huskies have stumbled through several games to reach this point undefeated. They’ve won their last two games by a total of five points, failing to score more than 24 points in the process. Their failure to blow by Arizona State and Stanford caught the attention more than any game that came before, and not in a positive way.
Oregon, on the other hand, has taken over that mantle as the unstoppable force in college football. While detractors will point to an easy strength of schedule, the Ducks haven’t scored less than 31 points since the Washington game — and all season — while establishing themselves as one of the best defensive units in the nation. They’ve allowed just 15.9 points per game in 2023.
During that spell, Oregon has an average win margin of 26 points, bolstered by huge wins over Utah, Cal, and Arizona State. Quarterback Nix might lack the downfield prowess of some of the other contenders for the Heisman Trophy, but you can’t argue that he’s efficiently orchestrated the Ducks offense all season long behind an o-line that gives them a trench advantage.
While Washington boasts possibly one of the most underrated offensive lines in the nation, their ability to withstand an Oregon defense that ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.67 sacks per game could prove to be a deciding factor in this game. For all the Huskies are talented on the defensive line, they rank last in the conference with just 19 sacks through the 2023 college season.
If old cliches ring true that defense wins championships, then Oregon has a clear upper hand. Despite TDs feeling inevitable when Penix drops back, the Huskies QB has averaged just two per game since the first game with Oregon. He’s also completed less than 60% of his passes in four of the six games since. The Ducks have allowed the least passing TDs in the Pac-12 this year.
Ending our Pac-12 Championship Game prediction on another old adage, beating the same team twice in a season is a difficult affair. Don’t expect Oregon head coach Dan Lanning to make the same mistakes again the second time around, as the Ducks take flight towards a conference crown and potential place in the playoffs.
Prediction: Washington 31, Oregon 34