Best Early 2018 SEC Championship Odds
https://t.co/lEFsHK56eK — Southeastern Conference (@SEC) July 20, 2018
- Alabama -110
- Georgia +250
- Auburn +650
- Florida +800
- LSU +1000
Top Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -110Alabama is the heavy favorite to win the SEC Championship this season. Surprisingly, their odds of -110 makes the Tide an overlay to win the title. Why? Since 2008, Alabama has won 6 SEC Championship Games. Auburn has won 2. Both LSU and Georgia have each won a single SEC title. The odds should be at -150 or worse for Alabama to win the SEC Championship this season. There a single event that occurred last season that isn’t likely to occur this season. The event is Alabama losing to Auburn. Auburn hasn’t beaten Alabama in back-to-back seasons since 2006-2007. Alabama lost to Auburn last season. That means, the Crimson Tide beats rival Auburn this season. Alabama’s lone loss last season was to Auburn. Take away that loss and Alabama would have gone undefeated in 2017.
Who’s the Better Pick: Florida or Georgia?If we discount Auburn’s chances at +650 and don’t believe LSU manages to beat both Alabama and Auburn in the SEC West, we’re down to two teams with a chance of winning the SEC Championship from the SEC East, Florida and Georgia. Are the Gators, or are the Bulldogs the better pick? Georgia made it all the way to the National Championship Game last season. The Bulldogs pushed Alabama in overtime before succumbing to the pass heard round the world. Many college football handicappers are bullish on Georgia repeating their CFP climb. But, the Bulldogs must replace a lot of starters on defense. Not only that, they lost their top two rushers from last season, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, to the NFL. Florida, on the other hand, hired one of the best coaches in college football in Dan Mullen. Mullen’s squad is deep at QB with Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio, and Malik Zaire battling it out. The defense was an excellent unit last season. It should be an excellent unit this season. Florida is the likeliest winner of the SEC East, meaning they’ll have the best shot of upsetting Alabama for the SEC Championship.
What SEC Dogs Can Upset Alabama, Florida and the Rest?The lone SEC team that could upset Alabama or Florida and win the SEC Championship are the South Carolina Gamecocks. The reason? Will Muschamp’s squad is trending higher. The Gamecocks won 9 games last season. They beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl. South Carolina will play an up tempo offense this season. The defense had to replace some pieces, but Muschamp is a great defensive-minded coach. The Gamecocks could surprise.
- Top Pick: Alabama -110
- Second Pick: Florida +800
- Third Pick: South Carolina +1600