Fox Sports: Cougs 1 of 5 best bets in nation for 2016

WHEN IT COMES to making bets on the 2016 college football season, Washington State, Texas, Florida State, Michigan State and USC are five schools to put your money on, says Fox Sports senior writer Aaron Torres.

"Bovada released its latest round of college football odds. In addition to over/under win totals, national championship odds and the Heisman Trophy, you can now bet on both conference and division champions on the website," he wrote this week.

"Oh man, what a time to be alive, huh? It sure is, and with the odds out, it also raises another, equally fantastic question: What are the best conference and division title bets you can make?"

There are five, he says. And WSU is one of them.

Bovada, an online sports book, puts Ol' Wazzu at +650 to win the Pac-12 North, which means if you put $100 down on the Cougs to win the North and they do just that, Bovada will pay out $650.

"While an outright Pac-12 title seems unlikely, Wazzu is actually a nice value bet to win the division," Torres says.

"This is a team that won nine games last year, returns all the key pieces to one of the most explosive offenses in college football (quarterback Luke Falk, wide receivers Gabe Marks and River Cracraft) and gets most of its toughest opponents (Oregon, UCLA, Washington) at home.

"What this bet might come down to is an Oct. 8 game at Stanford. Win that, and Wazzu will be in the driver’s seat to win the North."

Bovada puts the Cougs at +1,400 to win the overall Pac-12 championship and at +20,000 for the national title.

As for Torres' other four best bets in 2016, he likes Texas at +850 to win the Big 12, Michigan State at +700 to win the Big Ten, USC at +550 to win the Pac-12, and Florida State at +220 to win the ACC.

Click here to read his complete rundown, and click here to see Bovada's entire breakdown of conference and divisional futures. And in case you're wondering, Luke Falk didn't make Bovada's cut of 21 Heisman Trophy contenders.

FALK DOES, HOWEVER, RANK VERY HIGH in the latest top 25 fantasy football players rankings compiled by They slot Falk as the No. 4 QB in the land and Gabe Marks as the No. 1 receiver. In addition, River Cracraft is picked as the No. 17 receiver.

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