2014 College Football: SEC Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses
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Here we look at some of the teams that are capable of winning the SEC this season in college football. Of course, Alabama enters as the overwhelming favorite but if you are no stranger to these type of articles, you know I look for dark horses that provide us a little more bang for our buck.
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Here are some teams you should consider laying some money on if you are capping this future bet.
Georgia Bulldogs – The Bulldogs have odds of +800 to win the SEC, which is insane considering they’re the best team on paper in the SEC East. At the very least, those odds provide a sweet hedging opportunity if Georgia can reach the big game. Georgia may have the best running back duo in the country in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, while the offense will also get back a healthy Malcolm Mitchell. Hutson Mason is also an experienced quarterback with the talent to pick up where Aaron Murray left off. Georgia’s defense also improved last season and should be even better this time around with a lot of experience returning. You’d be a fool to pass up those odds with one of the more talented teams in the conference.
Florida Gators – An even longer shot would be the Florida Gators, a team you can get at odds of +1200 to win the SEC. Florida had a Top 10 defense in the country last season and that should continue with seven starters on that side of the ball returning. All the Gators need is an offense that can average 21 points per game and it’s going to be tough for any team in the country to beat this squad. Yes, last season was brutal for Florida, but 2012 was just as bad for the Auburn Tigers and looked how things turned out last season. The Gators will be one of the most improved teams in the country this year and I’ll gladly throw a couple of Benjamin’s their direction to make a run for the SEC title.
LSU Tigers – LSU once again was hit hard by the NFL draft and has to replace a ton of bodies. However, the Tigers do return four starters along the offensive line and have one of the top freshmen in running back Leonard Fournette. In other words, LSU will keep its identity of being a smash mouth team and will be looking to ware teams down over the course of four quarters. Defensively, well, when was the last time LSU was ever poor defensively despite how many starters it lost previously? LSU has had a top-three defense in the SEC for four straight years. The LSU Tigers are worth a look with odds of +600 to win the SEC.
The rest of the pack can be viewed below:
Alabama Crimson Tide – Alabama is the favorite by far with odds of +130, but there’s little value in that line unless you believe it’s a done deal that Nick Saban and his crew get the job done.
South Carolina Gamecocks – South Carolina packs some value at +450, but I don’t trust its quarterback situation and I’m not sure there’s enough overall talent to overtake Georgia and Florida.
Auburn Tigers – Auburn is also at +450, which is usually great for the defending champs. However, Auburn lost its workhorse in Tre Mason and has a questionable quarterback in Nick Marshall. I also doubt the Tigers will have as many breaks as they did last season.
Mississippi Rebels – Ole Miss is worth a shot with odds of +1600 if you really think its young talent will grow up quickly. But with the fact the Rebels are so young and playing in the SEC West, I’m waiting for next season to pound this team.
Tennessee Volunteers – Not sure I need to explain why you should avoid Tennessee. Butch Jones is making progress, but the Vols aren’t doing much this season. So, yes, even odds of +7500 hold no value.
Missouri Tigers – Missouri lost pretty much every receiver from a year ago, its starting quarterback and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Tell oddmakers to keep their odds of +4000.
Mississippi State Bulldogs – When was the last time Mississippi State won a big game? There’s a reason Dan Mullen is on the hot seat. I love Dak Prescott, but odds of +3800 just don’t do it for me.
Texas A&M Aggies – No Johnny Manziel and a defense that would allow a touchdown to a middle school? No thanks. The Aggies should be even higher than odds of +4000.
Arkansas Razorbacks – I think Arkansas is going to surprise some people this year and there’ll be chances to make money on single games. However, there’s no money in picking the Razorbacks to win the SEC, even with odds of +15000.
Kentucky Wildcats – Kentucky has and will always be a basketball school. There simply isn’t enough talent for the Wildcats to win this conference or even come close. Odds should be higher than +30000.
Vanderbilt Commodores – Vanderbilt lost its head coach and has no answer at quarterback. Odds of +20000 just don’t do it.