Could the Kentucky Wildcats shine again after posting their best record in four decades a year ago? Will national championship-winning head coach Jimbo Fisher help the Texas A&M Aggies reach brand new heights after their fine, first season under the former Florida State leader last season?
Last but certainly not least, while the perennially-powerful Alabama Crimson Tide are favored to win their second straight SEC championship and fifth n the last six years, Nick Saban’s front-running team might be in for an eye-opening surprise – or two – when the 2019 regular season gets underway in just a couple of weeks.
If you’re looking for some bold SEC predictions with the 2019 campaign quickly approaching, then you’ve come to the right place college football betting faithful!
Five Fearless College Football Betting Predictions for SEC in 2019
Kentucky Repeats…Sort Of!
I know Kentucky recorded their best season in four decades in going 10-3 last season and while I’m not predicting another double-digit winning campaign in 2019, I also don’t think the Wildcats will be as bad as everyone seems to believe they will be. Yes, Kentucky lost National Defensive Player of the Year defensive end Josh Allen and all-time leading rusher Benny Snell, plus 12 other starters from last season’s Citrus Bowl championship squad, but the Wildcats aren’t exactly bereft of talent and I believe that head coach Mark Stoops has done a great job of changing the culture at what has always been known as a ‘basketball school.’
Depending on the kind of improvements we see out of now, sophomore signal-caller Terry Wilson, I’m going with the Wildcats to win at least seen games this coming season and potentially eight or nine wins. As a true freshman a year ago, Wilson completed an impressive 67.2 percent of his passes even though he was limited to just 11 TD passes while throwing eight interceptions. In 2019, I’m expecting to see some natural progression out of Wilson and I believe the Cats will surprise for the second straight season to finish with eight wins!
Texas Two-Step Stunner
While the Texas A&M Aggies had a highly successful first season under widely-respected head coach Jimbo Fisher, no one is really predicting the Aggies to surpass their nine wins from a year ago because of their ‘super difficult’ schedule which features road matchups at Clemson, Georgia and LSU and home dates against Auburn and Alabama. However, I’m going to predict that the Aggies and their talented, if underrated, quarterback Kellen Mond, manages to somehow beat mighty Alabama when the pair square off in Week 7 in the Lone Star State.
I know the perennially powerful crimson Tide dominated this matchup by subduing the Aggies in their dominating 45-23 home win last season, but Fisher has already proven he knows how to lead a team to national championship heights as he did by leading Florida State to the 2013 national title. There’s really no good reasons to pick Texas A&M to get the big upset in this SEC showdown, but I’m feeling like it could happen for the Aggies in a high-scoring shootout.
Gus Malzahn Gets the Boot
While there’s not a lot of talk about Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn being on the hot seat entering the 2019 campaign, I’m going on record right now to predict that Tigers’ head coach is getting the ax following what I expect to be another mediocre season in 2019. In six season at the helm of Auburn’s gridiron program, Malzahn has gone a modest 62-30.
Unfortunately, he’s guided the Tigers to no more than eight victories in four of the last five years, including 2018 when the Tigers finished 8-5 for the third time in the last five seasons. I know Auburn has some elite talent on the defensive line heading into 2019, but they’ll also have a first-time starter under center and that just doesn’t bode well for the Tigers – or Gus Malzahn!
Will The ‘Thrill Is Gone’ Gets The Ax
Like Gus Malzahn at Auburn, there really isn’t a lot of talk about South Carolina parting ways with head coach Will Muschamp as he heads into his fourth season leading the Gamecocks, but I’m going to predict that one more uninspiring season is going to get the former Florida head coach the ax, just like he did following his four seasons leading the Gators from 2011 to 2014. Muschamp has gone 22-17 in three seasons, including last year’s uninspiring 7-6 mark.
South Carolina is just 12-12 in SEC games under Muschamp and the Gamecocks have lost 10 straight games against nationally-ranked opponents, which, on the surface, just looks awful. Let’s say it all together now…buh-bye Will ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ Muschamp!
Georgia Beats Alabama – Finally!
While Georgia has lost four straight against Alabama and Nick Saban has never tasted defeat against one of his former assistant coaches, I’m thinking it could happen, not once, but twice in 2019. The Crimson Tide have won two matchups against the Bulldogs since Kirby Smart took over in Athens, but Georgia has nearly upset their SEC rivals in both meetings. After suffering a crushing 26-23 overtime defeat in the 2018 National Championship Game and a hard-fought 35-28 loss in last season’s SEC title tilt, I’m thinking the Dawgs have what it takes to finally knock off the defending national championship runner-ups if – and more likely, when – they meet this coming season.
Georgia brings back 13 starters from last year’s 10-3 squad, not to mention they’ve got an elite quarterback in Jake Fromm, the nation’s No. 1 offensive line, and a ton of elite incoming talent that has helped the program get six consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes, including three straight Top 3 recruiting classes. It could happen and I’m predicting it will. Georgia finally knocks off Alabama – and it will be for something really meaningful too!