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SEC Odds: LSU favored in 2012

As usual 5Dimes online sportsbook is ahead of the competition when it comes to posting early odds. This week 5Dimes became the first sportsbook to release 2012 NCAA football conference championship odds. Log in at 5Dimes to get in on the early action.

Here's a quick look at the upcoming season in the Southeastern Conference, which now consists of 14 teams, and the 5Dimes SEC championship betting board.

National runner-up Louisiana State is the favorite at 5Dimes to win the SEC this season at +150. The Bayou Bengals only get back 11 starters from their SEC championship team of last year, but they're one of those outfits that just reloads, rather than rebuilds. And schedule-wise LSU gets Alabama and South Carolina at home, and misses Georgia.

Defending national champion Alabama is the second pick to win the SEC this year at +200. The Tide also only returns 11 starters, just four on defense, and they have to replace RB Trent Richardson. But like LSU, 'Bama has plenty of talent waiting in the wings. However, the Tide has to play at Arkansas and at LSU.

Defending SEC East champion Georgia is the third pick on the SEC championship board at +500. The Bulldogs have 15 starters back, including nine on defense, from a team that went 7-2 in conference play last year. And very conveniently the Dawgs don't have to play LSU,  Alabama or Arkansas.

Those Razorbacks, now without head coach Bobby Petrino after his extra-curricular shenanigans were exposed, are listed at +525 to win the SEC this season. Arkansas returns 13 starters after going 6-2 in conference last year, including QB Tyler Wilson. And they hope to get back a healthy RB Knile Davis, after he missed all of last season with an ankle injury. The Hogs have to play both LSU and 'Bama, but get 'em both in Fayetteville.

And South Carolina, with 15 returning starters from a team that went 6-2 in conference last year, is getting +900 to win the SEC championship this year.

Elsewhere on the 5Dimes 2012 SEC championship board Florida, with 18 returning starters, is getting +1,500; Auburn, with 16 starters back, is lined at +2,100; Mississippi State is  offered at +2,500; Missouri, in its first season in the league, is getting +2,600; Tennessee, with 19 returning starters, is getting +3,300; newcomer Texas A&M is lined at +4,000; Vanderbilt is getting +5,000; Kentucky +13,500; and Ole Miss is being offered at +15,000 to win the SEC this season.