2015 SEC Football Betting Preview
The Alabama Crimson Tide are 26-3 SU and 16-12-1 ATS over their last 29 games against SEC opponents. The Crimson Tide have won the SEC Championship three times in the last six seasons and twice in the last three seasons.
Alabama is a +260 favorite to win the SEC again on the opening odds at 5Dimes. The Crimson Tide have been incredibly consistent over the last seven seasons under Nick Saban with an 84-11 SU record and three national championships. As is the case every offseason, Alabama has holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and has plenty of blue chip recruits ready to fill them.
Auburn's defense was the team's biggest weakness in 2014, and the team addressed that issue with the hiring of defensive mastermind Will Muschamp at defensive coordinator. Paired with offensive guru Gus Malzahn, this coaching duo should have Auburn right in the thick of the race for the SEC title at +400 at 5Dimes.
With the SEC West simply loaded from top to bottom with excellent teams, it stands to reason that coming out as the top team in the SEC East will be a much easier task. At the top of the SEC East in the early projection of the conference is the Georgia Bulldogs, who are also going off at +400 at 5Dimes to win the SEC. Georgia will be breaking in a new quarterback, but with a very solid defense and an elite running game led by Nick Chubb, the Bulldogs look to be the team to beat in the SEC East.
No defense in the conference was better last year than Mississippi's, which allowed the fewest points in the nation with just 16 PPG. The unit took some losses in the secondary, but with one of the best defensive lines in the country returning mostly intact points will be hard to come by against Ole Miss. The Rebels are going off at +420 to win the SEC.
Rounding out the opening odds to win the SEC at 5Dimes are Tennessee (+900), LSU (+1000), Arkansas (+1200), Missouri (+1300), Mississippi State (+1500), Texas A&M (+1500), South Carolina (+2500), Florida (+2500), Kentucky (+7500), and Vanderbilt (+10000).
2015 Odds to Win the SEC Championship at 5Dimes as of February 13:
Mississippi State +1500
Texas A&M +1500
South Carolina +2500
Alabama was expected to walk to an SEC Championship Game win last season, but instead they didn't even make it into the title matchup. The sportsbooks, however, have the Crimson Tide set as the favorites to win the 2014 SEC championship with the college football season coming up.
At Bovada the Crimson Tide are the 6/5 favorites on the odds to win the SEC championship this season, after they went 7-1 in conference play last year but lost a tiebreaker to Auburn and didn't make the title game. Auburn is next at 5/1 on that college football futures list.
Georgia is at 6/1 on the 2014 odds to win the SEC championship, with South Carolina and LSU at 13/2, Florida at 12/1, Ole Miss at 14/1, and Texas A&M at 25/1. Missouri is at 33/1, with the Tigers going 7-1 in SEC play last season but losing 59-42 to Auburn in the conference's title game. Mississippi State sits at 40/1.
Tennessee then leads off the SEC longshots at 66/1 at Bovada, with Arkansas, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt at 200/1. Arkansas and Kentucky both went winless in eight SEC conference contests last season.
2014 Odds to Win the SEC Championship at Bovada as of August 18:
South Carolina 13/2
Ole Miss 14/1
Texas A&M 25/1
Mississippi State 40/1
2014 Odds to Win the SEC East Division at Bovada as of August 18:
South Carolina 8/5
2014 Odds to Win the SEC West Division at Bovada as of August 18:
Auburn 7/2 LSU 5/1
Ole Miss 9/1
Texas A&M 14/1
Mississippi State 16/1
The SEC remains the ultimate power conference in college football, winning its seventh straight BCS championship last season. Alabama has now won three of the last four titles and comes in as the sportsbooks' odds-on favorite to win it again in the 2013 season.
Alabama (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 3/1)
The Crimson Tide were 13-1 straight-up last season but they only covered the spread in half of their games. They were 4-2 against the spread on the road and 3-5 ATS at home
Texas A&M (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 9/1)
Behind Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, the Aggies went 11-2 SU overall and 6-2 SU in their first season in the SEC. They were 8-5 ATS.
Georgia (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 14/1)
The Bulldogs (12-2 SU) lost to Alabama by three points in the SEC title game last season as 8-point underdogs. Georgia was 8-6 ATS but it covered in six of its last seven games.
LSU (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 18/1)
The Tigers went 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games to finish 5-8 ATS overall. The total went OVER in five of seven home games.
South Carolina (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 18/1)
The Gamecocks were 11-2 SU overall and 6-2 SU in conference play. They went 8-5 ATS including a 5-2 record ATS at home.
Florida (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 25/1)
The Gators were a solid 4-1 ATS last season on the road but just 3-5 ATS at home. They finished the season 11-2 SU with a 7-1 SU record in the SEC.
Mississippi (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 125/1)
Ole Miss was 7-6 SU and only 3-5 SU in the SEC last season, but were a great team to wager on with a 10-3 record ATS. The total went OVER in five of seven home games.
Auburn (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 150/1)
The fall from the top of the SEC has been swift and deep for the Tigers with a 0-8 SU record last year. They were 3-9 SU overall and 4-8 ATS.
Arkansas (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 250/1)
The Razorbacks were 4-8 SU (3-8 ATS) last season with a 2-6 SU record in the SEC. The total went OVER in four of five road games.
Missouri (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 250/1)
The Tigers' first season in the SEC was an eye-opener with just two SU conference wins. Overall they were 5-7 SU (5-6 ATS).
Tennessee (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 300/1)
This was the SEC team to play on the total line last season with nine of 12 games going OVER the total. The Volunteers were 5-7 SU and 4-8 ATS.
Mississippi State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 500/1)
The Bulldogs (8-5 SU) covered in five of seven home games but they went a costly 1-5 ATS on the road.
Kentucky (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
It was bad all around for the Wildcats last season with a 2-10 SU record, an 0-8 SU record in the conference, and a 3-9 record ATS.
Vanderbilt (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Commodores are coming off one of their more successful campaigns in recent memory with a 9-4 record both SU and ATS.