After watching the Alabama Crimson Tide – and every other SEC football program – fall short of reaching the national championship game in 2014, collegiate gridiron gamblers everywhere want to know if the Tide or some other SEC team can both, reach the 2015 BCS playoffs – and bring home the bacon this coming season. This expert online college football betting analysis on the odds to have a winning season in 2015 will give you some insight into what could lie ahead for each SEC ball club long before the 2015 season ever gets started. Okay, with that said, let’s get started.
Analyzing the 2015 NCAA Football Odds to Win the SEC Championship
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Alabama is favored to win the SEC again in 2015 – and rightfully so, seeing as how Nick Saban has led the Crimson Tide to an incredible 84-11 SU record mark and three national championships in his seven seasons at the school.
Alabama does have some holes to fill on both sides of the ball but the Crimson Tide had the nation’s second best recruiting class behind only USC. If Saban can find a trio of suitable replacements for Amari Cooper and both of last season’s starting safeties, I see no reason why Alabama won’t contend for the national championship.
Auburn gave up 26.7 points per game in 2014 (63rd) but addressed their defensive issues by hiring former Florida head coach Will Muschamp as their new defensive coordinator.
Auburn returns only five starters on offense, so the Tigers will need to get their act together quickly while hoping young signal-caller Jeremy Johnson can become the starting quarterback they will need in order to succeed in the powerful SEC.
Georgia will be breaking in a new quarterback to replace departed former starter Hutson Mason, but the Bulldogs have one of the best running backs in the country in SEC freshman of the Year, Nick Chubb. The speedy sophomore finished his freshman season with an impressive 1,547 rushing yards to finish second in the SEC despite starting just eight games.
Ole Miss had the nation’s best defense a year ago as they held their opponents to just 16.0 points per game. While the Rebels are expected to be very solid on that side of the ball again in 2015 with seven starters returning, the Rebels also need to find a suitable replacement for former three-year starting quarterback Bo Wallace.
The Vols went 7-6 SU and ATS in head coach Butch Jones’ first season, but things could get better in a hurry with Tennessee returning a whopping 19 starters on both sides of the ball. The Vols will be led by their superstar sophomore running back Jalen Hurd, a 5-star recruit that possesses as much talent as nay back in the country.
Quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris struggled mightily to play competent football last season as the Tigers went 8-5 SU and ATS. If both signal-callers fail to put a stranglehold on the job before the start of the regular season, the Tigers could face many of the same issues that plagued them a year ago. The good news is that whomever wins the starting quarterback job will be able to hand the ball of early and often to athletically-gifted running back Leonard Fournette.
Despite playing college football’s toughest schedule last season, the Arkansas Razorbacks went 7-6 SU and an impressive 10-3 ATS for head coach Bret Bielema and I expect them to improve on that mark this coming season, especially seeing as how their defense finished 10th in the nation in points allowed (19.2) and their offense put up an impressive 31.9 points per game to rank 45th overall. However, if quarterback Brandon Allen doesn’t improve on his underachieving 56.0 completion percentage, Arkansas will not reach their full potential in 2015.
The Tigers (9-5 ATS) won 11 games last season and have racked up double digit winning seasons for head coach Gary Pinkel in five of the last eight seasons overall. If quarterback Maty Mauk can play better than he did in completing just 48.9 percent of his passes against SEC foes last season, Mizzou could reach the 10-win plateau again.
Mississippi State +1500
The Bulldogs (10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS) have just seven returning starters on both sides of the ball, but one of them is gifted starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Mississippi State’s strong-armed leader threw 27 TD passes and 11 interceptions last season while passing for an impressive 3,449 yards. The ‘Dogs lost three starting offensive linemen and their starting running back from last season, so this program has its work cut out for them this
Texas A&M +1500
Head coach Kevin Sumlin needs to shore up the Aggies’ (8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS) defensive deficiencies this offseason and he addressed that need by hiring former LSU coordinator John Chavis away from the SEC rivals. Now all Sumlin needs to do is figure out who his starting quarterback is going to be in 2015 after watching now-junior signal-caller Kenny Hill struggle after initially looking like the second coming of Johnny Manziel.
South Carolina +2500
The Gamecocks (7-6 SU, 5-8 ATS) return seven starters on offense and eight on defense, but the biggest question in Columbia this summer will be who takes over as the team’s new starting quarterback following Dylan Thompson’s one-year stint? Sophomore signal-caller Connor Mitch will battle it out against Perry Orth and Michael Scarnecchia, not to mention incoming freshman Lorenzo Nunez.
The Gators (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) never won more than two straight games this past season to help get former head coach Will Muschamp fired in the process. Now, the Gators will look to rebound under new head coach and former Colorado State leader Jim McElwain. Florida needs to figure out who it’s starting quarterback is going to be in 2015. True freshman Treon Harris started the last six games last season but he also tossed 10 interceptions against just nine touchdown passes
Redshirt freshman Will Grier will push Harris for the starting job and could very well win it. The Gators will also need to find a suitable replacement for big-time defensive lineman Dante Fowler after the athletic behemoth left early for the NFL following last season.
Rounding Out The Odds to Win The SEC Championship in 2015
The Kentucky Wildcats (+7500) and Vanderbilt Commodores (+10000).
Kentucky went 5-7 SU and 7-5 ATS last season while Vanderbilt went 3-9 SU and 6-6 ATS in head coach Derek Mason’s first season at the helm. Kentucky returns 14 total starters on both sides of the ball while Vandy will bring back a whopping 17 starters from last season’s squad.