SEC 2011 Odds Preview
Five different teams have won the SEC over the last six seasons, and the last five SEC champs have gone on to win the national title. So the stakes are huge when it comes to this conference. This season the SEC starts off with two teams ranked in the top four, and eight in the Top 25. Looks like another banner year for the top conference in the country; head over to Bovada for the latest SEC odds.
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Alabama Crimson Tide
The Tide, ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls, get back 17 starters after going 5-3 in the SEC last year. They lose RB Mark Ingram, QB Greg McElroy, and WR Julio Jones, but return four on the o-line and 10 on the best defense in the league. 'Bama also gets LSU at home, and misses Georgia and South Carolina.
The Gators begin the post-coach Meyer era with just 10 starters back from a team that went 4-4 in the SEC last year. New head coach Will Muschamp is a highly regarded former DC, and the new OC is Charlie Weis. Florida gets Alabama at home but has to play at LSU and South Carolina.
UGA returns 12 starters, including QB Aaron Murray (24/8 TD/INT last year) and seven on defense, from a team that fell to 3-5 in the conference last year. The schedule is kind, with Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas nowhere to be found.
LSU, ranked No. 4 in the preseason polls, gets back 15 starters from a team that went 6-2 in the conference last year. But the Tigers have been hit with some early-season suspensions, including QB Jordan Jefferson, so uncertainty looms. LSU gets Florida and Arkansas at home, but plays at Alabama.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The defending East Division champs return 13 starters, including QB Stephen Garcia, 1,200-yard rusher Marcus Lattimore, and All-American WR Alshon Jeffrey. And while they play at Georgia, they get Florida at home and miss Alabama and LSU.
The Hogs get back 13 starters, led by 1,300-yard rusher Knile Davis and seven on defense, but have to replace QB Ryan Mallett. And they play at 'Bama and LSU.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
MSU returns 16 starters, including nine on offense, from a team that went 4-4 in the conference last year.
The Vols get back 13 starters for their second season under head coach Derek Dooley.
The defending national champs return just six starters, least in all of FBS, and have a brutal SEC road schedule.
UK returns 16 starters, including 10 on defense, for its second season under head coach Joker Phillips.
The Rebs get back 13 starters, nine on offense, after falling to 1-7 in the SEC last year.
Vandy gets a league-high 19 starters back, including the entire offense, for its first season under new head coach James Franklin.