The Auburn Tigers and Missouri Tigers were the surprise participants for last year’s SEC Championship Games, so could we see another pair of longshots to make it through the gauntlet of the toughest conference in college football?
Bovada released their odds for the 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference and its the Alabama Crimson Tide who are the betting favorite to win the league this year and advance to the first edition of the College Football Playoff. Alabama will have a new quarterback in Jacob Coker, but the supporting cast around him could be as talented of a group the fans in Tuscaloosa have ever seen.
Alabama is a 3/2 favorite with their rival Auburn receiving 5/1 odds in a four-way tie with Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.
Florida is getting 9/1 odds to win the conference after a 4-8 season in 2013, but if Jeff Driskel can stay healthy and takes a liking to Kurt Roper’s new offense, this could be a nice gamble. The same can be said for Ole Miss who is getting 16/1 odds and have a nice mix of young talent and veterans that could surprise in the SEC.
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Rounding out the conference is Tennessee who has 18/1 odds, which is mildly surprising considering how young they are on the offensive and defensive lines and they have glaring questions at the quarterback position.
If you’re looking for a nice return on your investment look no further than Missouri and Texas A&M who check in at 25/1 and Mississippi State at 33/1, there is enough talent on these rosters that if the favorites suffer some injuries and the underdogs catch them at the right time as Auburn and Missouri did last year, things could get crazy.
Arkansas is 66/1, Kentucky is 100/1 and Vanderbilt is 250/1 to win the SEC in Derek Mason‘s first year in Nashville. If you want to throw a dollar down on one of these three, I suggest you hit up the dollar menu at McDonald’s instead as it will be a better investment.
Who do you think will win the SEC this year? Where are you placing your money?