Those who have followed the blog from the beginning know that one thing I often try to do in the off-season is take a guess at betting odds for each UW game.
This year, the site BeyondTheBets.com has beaten me to the punch, taking a guess at the odds for every college game in the country.
It’s always worth remembering that the odds are not necessarily a straight prediction of the outcome — the odds are set, to give the simplest explanation, to try to elicit just about equal wagering on each side.
But if you do just take the odds as a prediction of each game, then BeyondTheBets sees UW where a lot of others do — 7-5 overall and 5-4 and third (actually, tied for third with Cal) in the Pac-12 North.
Here are their odds for every UW game:
UW minus-20 (meaning favored by 20) vs. San Diego State
LSU minus-21 vs. UW
UW minus-34 vs. Portland State
Stanford minus-1.5 at UW
Oregon minus-17 vs. UW
USC minus-10.5 at UW
UW minus-7 at Arizona
UW minus-13.5 vs. Oregon State
Cal minus-2 vs. UW
UW minus-3.5 vs. Utah
UW minus-10.5 at Colorado
UW minus-3 at WSU
Most, frankly, seem pretty right on, knowing what we know right this minute (obviously, injuries and season momentum and other things we can’t predict now will impact the lines come the week of each game).
But from this vantage point, none really seem too far off.
For what it’s worth, the Vegas odds were pretty right on when it came to the Huskies last year. UW was favored to win six games last year and won seven — the two they were underdogs in but won were Cal and Utah. The only game in which they were favored to win and lost was Oregon State. The other 10, in terms of just the favored team winning, were pegged correctly.