Considered by many with much annual debate to be the best conference in all of college football, the SEC puts forth a prime product nearly every season.
Since the year 2000 an SEC school has won the National Championship 10 times and with five teams in the preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll this year, 2018/19 expected to be another strong showing for the Southeast.
But there’s more to NCAA football betting than simply picking who will host the CFP National Championship Trophy at the end of the season. There’s a whole world of extensive markets out there with top sportsbooks for bettors to pounce on.
From a betting perspective it would be almost a formality to pick Alabama to make it back to the College Football Playoff at this point. That being said, let’s look at the other SEC squad that made it to the Championship Game last season’s chances.
Georgia lost a lot of punch with the departure of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and on defense lost one of the best linebackers in the nation in Roquan Smith. But if quarterback Jake Fromm can follow up what he did last season with another stellar season, the Dawgs have more than enough talent to get back to the big game.
Ladbrokes offers the best odds for this market at 8/5 for Georgia to get back to the College Football Playoff. That’s our recommended pick, but those thinking the Bulldogs can capture their first national title can pick them at the 8/1 odds listed as they’ll definitely get their shot.
With the departure of some of the above-mentioned Bulldogs, the Gators may have arguably the scariest backfield in the conference. The trio of Lamical Perine, Malik Davis and Mark Thompson combined for 1,385 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground last season.
Florida utilizes its deep backfield well and it should complement one of the best defenses in the conference. That said we’re not expecting the Playoff for the Gators as their quarterbacking continues to be a question mark.
Bettors should definitely consider taking the Gators to win 8 or more games on Betfair where they have 10/11 odds of accomplishing that feat. Anything less than that would be a massive disappointment and likely cause some shakeups in the Swamp.
Every season the SEC chews up and spits out one team that has high expectations and this season’s victim may be the Aggies. That’s not to say A&M isn’t talented, but with some steady coaching stability at the top and some middle-of-the-road teams ready to break out this season Jimbo Fisher may have a rough go of things in his first season at the helm.
Their SEC West schedule featuring four teams in the top 25 (Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn and LSU) is tough enough. Then they had to go and add Clemson as an early nonconference opponent.
If you’re feeling down on the Aggies’ chances of making a splash this season, take them at odds of +100 with Ladbrokes to win under 7 games next season.
On the other end of that coin, Mississippi State also welcomes a new coach and are projected by many outlets to win as many as 10 games. That’s mainly due to the 16 starters coming back this season from a team that went 9-4 last season.
Coach Joe Moorhead is entering a less pressure-filled position than Fisher as expectations will be tempered in Starkville. That being said, he has a better team returning to work with which should make for a smoother transition.
The best market for the Bulldogs is on Betfair where picking them to win over 8.5 games nets 11/10 odds. That’s a bit of a risk, but we like it as Mississippi State could be in for a Top 3 SEC finish.