If you paid attention to the SEC Media Days, then you know that the voters picked Auburn to win the conference – but not to win the SEC West, which they have to win even to advance to the title game. The SEC truly is a jungle. Let’s take a look at how the top college football betting teams should finish the season.
College Football Betting Bold Predictions For SEC’s Championship
Alabama Crimson Tide
The Alabama Crimson Tide went 12-2 in 2014, including a 7-1 record in conference play. They return with one of the NCAA’s best front seven units, with a whole legion of giants on the defensive line and Reggie Ragland a key contributor in a tough group of linebackers. The big questions are on offense, which only returns two of 11 starters. Those two starters are on the offensive line, in center Ryan Kelly and offensive tackle Cam Robinson. With their solid blocking, along with the rest of the line, the Crimson Tide will be tough to beat. I project them to go 12-1, only falling to Auburn.
The Arkansas Razorbacks return their star pair of running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, as well as four starters on the offensive line, quarterback Brandon Allen, tight end Hunter Henry and wide receiver Keon Hatcher. Dan Enos is the new offensive coordinator, and he’s bring in a pro-style passing offense. How about the defense, though? Three talented seniors have left. I’m projecting them to go 7-5, with all five losses in the conference.
Auburn has brought in former Florida head coach Will Muschamp to retool the defense, giving them a genius on both sides of the ball, in much the same way that Nick Saban made Alabama strong on both sides when he brought in Lane Kiffin to manage the offense. If Muschamp can put together a pass rush, which the Tigers really needed last year, then the Tigers should contend. Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson and Cassanova McKinzy are all NFL-caliber talents on the Auburn defense. Jeremy Johnson is a solid quarterback with several wide receivers, including D’haquille Williams. The Tigers will finish 12-0 and qualify for the College Football Playoff.
Georgia finished with a 10-3 record, including a 6-2 tally in the conference. Star running back Todd Gurley was suspended for four games – and then tore his ACL. This gave backup Nick Chubb a chance, and he more than took advantage, galloping for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. Now, Chubb is the starting running back behind a deep and talented offensive line. The Bulldogs do have to find a new starting quarterback from three promising quarterbacks who are also fairly equal. The defensive line needs a total overhaul, and both of the middle linebacker positions will have new starters. Because of some tough road games, Georgia will finish 9-3, with three conference losses.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State started out 9-0 on the way to a 10-3 finish Dak Prescott returns to play quarterback once again, as does his big wide receiver De’runnya Wilson However, Josh Robinson is no longer there to carry the ball, and three offensive linemen have to be replaced. The defensive line only has two returning starters. For these reasons, the Bulldogs will only finish 8-4.