Top Expert Predictions For The SEC Conference
SEC Conference Winner
Alabama Crimson TideOdds to win the SEC: -180
As much as I don’t like Nick Saban and Alabama, I just don’t see anyone beating the Alabama Crimson Tide out for the SEC title this season. I had genuine belief that the Tide would suffer two losses in this season of transition for Nick Saban’s team, but right now, there just aren’t many legitimate challengers that can actually compete with Alabama.
SEC Conference Runner-Up
Texas A&MOdds to win the SEC: +300
The Aggies have had plenty of offense during Mike Sumlin’s tenure, but this year, Texas A&M has a legitimate defense that is actually a bit better than their offense. Could the Aggies potentially pull of the upset over Alabama to win the SEC? Yes they could. However, it’s more of a long shot than likelihood, even though A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is an absolute monster!
Best Long Shot
Florida GatorsOdds to win the SEC: +700
When you play defense like Florid does, you’re always going to have a shot to succeed. The Gators have a very good head coach in Jim McElwain and a slew of top-notch talent. While I’m not real fond of Florida’s modest offense at this point, I do believe the Gators have a great chance to be a long shot spoiler.
Tennessee VolsOdds to win the SEC: +250
The Volunteers have been one of the most entertaining teams in all of college football this season in winning two games in the waning minutes. While Tennessee’s inconsistency could definitely come back to haunt them at some point in the very near future, the fact of the matter is that the Vols can be downright dangerous with a capital ‘D’. With athleticism all over the place, starting with quarterback Joshua Dobbs, I think Tennessee is arguably the most dangerous tem in the SEC outside of Alabama and Texas A&M.
Best QuarterbackChad Kelly – Ole Miss
Only one quarterback (Drew Lock) has thrown more touchdowns than Chad Kelly while one other (Austin Allen) has a higher quarterback rating. Still, I don’t think anyone’s better right now than Kelly, who must play well for the Rebels to have any chance at winning.
Best Running BackYou may think of LSU star Leonard Fournette as the best back in the SEC, but that was last season people, not this one. As a matter of fact, a case can be made that Fournette is not even the best running back on his own team as Derrius Grice has more rushing yards and touchdowns than Fournette is almost 20 fewer carries. Right now, I think
Arkansas’ Rawleigh Williams or Texas A&M Trayveon Williams Is the best back in the SEC, although it is Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb that is currently the leading rusher in the conference.
Best DefenseReally…is this question even worth asking?
While Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M all have outstanding defenses this season, no team in the SEC can compare with Alabama defensively. While the Tide get a ton of elite blue-chip high school talent each and every year, the fact of the matter is that apparently, it doesn’t matter who suits up for Alabama on defense. Nick Saban is undeniably one of the best defensive coaches of this – or any – era and the Tide are hands-down, the best defensive team in the SEC.