Utah football is the favorite to win the Pac-12 South according to The Geek's gambling futures figures released yesterday:
Arizona State +150
Though I'm surprised Utah was picked as the favorite, it's not hard to make a case for their selection. The Utes avoid Oregon and Stanford, get Arizona State at home and one of their toughest road games against the Pac-12 South comes against SC - who can't win the division due to sanctions.
That leaves Arizona as Utah's biggest road obstacle and even a loss there, coupled with a loss to the Trojans, could leave the Utes in a good spot should they win out at home - since the Sun Devils play at Oregon the week after their game against Utah in Salt Lake City.
It's possible the deciding game is, in fact, the October 8th contest between the Utes and Sun Devils.
Even so, I still think Arizona State, with all the talent they return and the fact they're familiar with the Pac-12, its road stadiums and the grueling nature of the schedule, should be considered the preseason favorite.
Then again, outside Dennis Erickson's first year down in Tempe, the Sun Devils have been underwhelming to say the least.