Alabama, Auburn Top SEC in Early College Football Betting

By: Monte Scates | Saturday, July 12, 2014
SEC

The most dominant conference in college football had its streak of seven straight national championships snapped last year by the ACC's Florida State Seminoles, who beat the SEC's Auburn Tigers. Many of the powerhouse teams in the SEC lost key players to the NFL, so let's take a look at some of the future odds from CG Technology in Las Vegas and see what we should expecting from them heading into the new season.

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EAST

SOUTH CAROLINA
National Title Odds:
20/1
SEC Odds: 3/1
O/U Win Total: 9.5 OVER -125

Another guy on Heisman watch is Gamecocks RB Mike Davis. They will certainly lean on him offensively. This has been the best three-year stretch in school history, as South Carolina has won 33 games with three Top 10 finishes in the AP Poll.

GEORGIA
National Title Odds:
24/1
SEC Odds: 3/1
O/U Win Total: 9 OVER -125

The Bulldogs will start junior quarterback Hutson Mason after losing long-time starter Aaron Murray to the NFL. But running back Todd Gurley should have a huge breakout season and could be a dark-horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

FLORIDA
National Title Odds:
40/1
SEC Odds: 6/1
O/U Win Total: 8 UNDER -160

The Gators went a disappointing 4-8 last year and ended the season on a seven-game losing streak. The offense must improve under new coordinator Kurt Roper because head coach Will Muschamp is on the hot seat.

MISSOURI
National Title Odds:
55/1
SEC Odds: 14/1
O/U Win Total: 8 OVER -130

The Tigers surprised everyone last year in winning the SEC East. They also dismissed star WR Dorial Green-Beckham in the offseason after an off-field incident. But they have rising star QB Maty Mauk returning and will go as far has he carries them.

TENNESSEE
National Title Odds:
100/1
SEC Odds: 50/1
O/U Win Total: 6 UNDER -130

The Volunteers lost all five starting offensive linemen from last season yet actually expect to be more productive on that side of the ball. The team's major questions are going to be on defense, with a lack of speed in the secondary and depth issues on the defensive line.

VANDERBILT
National Title Odds:
80/1 (Field)
SEC Odds: 100/1
O/U Win Total: 6 UNDER -165

Vandy will need to replace a pair of wide outs who accounted for 92 percent of the team's production at the position, as well as handle a switch to the 3-4 defense this year. It will be a tough task for first year head coach Derek Mason to improve on what James Franklin did last year. Franklin is now with Penn State.

KENTUCKY
National Title Odds:
80/1 (Field)
SEC Odds: 125/1
O/U Win Total: 3.5 over -150

The Wildcats struggled throwing the ball last season, ending up 98th in the nation in passing offense. Look for an improvement there, and their defense should also take a step forward considering they are returning eight starters.

WEST

ALABAMA
National Title Odds:
6/1
SEC Odds: 1/1
O/U Win Total: 10.5 OVER -145

Bama has still not decided who will replace QB AJ McCarron after his departure to the NFL. Expect RB TJ Yeldon to shoulder the load on offense. The defense lost more than its fair share of talent, including the Butkus Award winner in LB CJ Mosley, who is also in the NFL. But the Crimson Tide does not rebuild, it reloads.

AUBURN
National Title Odds:
15/1
SEC Odds: 3/1
O/U Win Total: 9.5 OVER -115

Nick Marshall just might be the best QB in the SEC this season. He was a very dynamic dual threat last year, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 1,068 yards and 12 TDs. The defense needs to improve though after finishing 86th in the country a year ago.

LSU
National Title Odds:
22/1
SEC Odds: 3/1
O/U Win Total: 9 OVER -115

The Tigers lose their leading passer, rusher and top three receivers from last year to the NFL. The team will have to rely even more than usual on its powerful offensive line and quality defense this season. LSU should be capable of another 10-win season, but taking down Auburn and Alabama will be a tough task with the inexperience the Tigers have at the skill positions.

Ole Miss
National Title Odds:
45/1
SEC Odds: 9/1
O/U Win Total: 7.5 OVER -163

Rebels QB Bo Wallace will be surrounded with plenty of talent this season. He had some big moments last year, including a win over then-No. 6 LSU. Defensively, the pass rush was subpar last season.  The team will need last year's No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche to have a bigger impact than he did last season.

Texas A&M
National Title Odds:
70/1
SEC Odds: 25/1
O/U Win Total: 7 OVER -125

Johnny Football is gone, and the two guys competing to replace him have a combined 22 career passing attempts. Defensively, the Aggies ranked last in the SEC in total yards allowed per game, and while they do have defensive end Myles Garrett coming in as a five-star recruit, it will take more than one offseason to improve that unit.

Mississippi State
National Title Odds:
150/1
SEC Odds: 25/1
O/U Win Total: 7 OVER -130

Junior QB Dak Prescott is as talented as any QB in the conference, but he will need to improve his accuracy in order to take the next step. The team returns eight defensive linemen who played at least 10 games last year and looks to be one of the better defenses in the conference this season.

Arkansas
National Title Odds:
175/1
SEC Odds: 80/1
O/U Win Total: 4.5 OVER -125

The Razorbacks went winless in the SEC last year, largely due to QB Brandon Allen's poor play. Allen completed 49.6 percent of his passes and just 47.7 percent in SEC games last season. The team's defense is a question mark, especially in the secondary. A bowl berth is an extreme long shot.


 
 
 
 
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