College Football Betting Trends- 2013 Futures Odds to Win the SEC
The SEC is easily the most talented and competitive conference in college football after laying claim to the last seven BCS National Championships and this season is shaping up to be more of the same. The following is College Football Betting Trends look at a few of the top contenders to win this season’s SEC title from both the West and East Division based on updated odds as provided by 5Dimes
Alabama has become the Gold Standard in college football with three BCS titles in the past four seasons and it is a heavy favorite at +315 to add one more before the NCAA shifts to a four-team playoff format in 2014. Over the course of this amazing four-year run, the Tide have only lost a total of five conference games with three of them coming in the 2010 season. The only black mark on last season’s 13-1 record was a shocking 29-24 loss to Texas A&M at home.
Given the fact that Nick Saban will have as many as 16 starters back from last season’s championship team, it is easy to see why Alabama is a -150 favorite to win the West and a +150 favorite to win another SEC title. Quarterback AJ McCarron returns to lead an offense that averaged 38.7 points a game and a good portion of a defense that led the nation in points allowed per game (10.9) remains intact.
Texas A&M left the Big 12 after the 2011season and decided to start its run in the SEC with a freshman quarterback at the helm. The rest is history after Mr. Football Johnny Manzeil literally took the ball and ran with it. His journey to last season’s Heisman Trophy has already become the stuff of legend after helping the Aggies finish 11-2 overall that included an impressive 6-2 record in the SEC.
Manzeil will now be under the gun to surpass or even just duplicate his 2012 numbers that consisted of 3,706 passing yards and 26 touchdown throws as well as 1,409 yards and 21 more scores on the ground. The other concern for the Aggies is a defense that returns just six starters from last year’s squad.
The odds to win the SEC for the other five teams in the West Division have LSU at +1250, Mississippi at +1500 and Mississippi State, Auburn and Arkansas all at +9000.
Georgia won the SEC East last season on a tie-breaker over Florida after both teams went 7-1 in conference play. It went on to give Alabama all it could handle in the SEC Championship but came up just short in a 32-28 loss. The Bulldogs put an exclamation point on a 12-2 season by hammering Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl.
They have been opened as +160 favorites to win another East Division title and at +400 to win the SEC behind an offense that remains basically intact from the one that racked-up 37.8 points a game last year. Much of Georgia’s success in 2013 will be riding on the arm of quarterback Aaron Murray but it also proved it is committed to running the ball after racking-up an average of 182.6 yards a game last year. The Bulldogs will have to plug some holes on a defense that held opponents to just 19.6 points a game considering that just five starters are expected back from that squad.
South Carolina had the inside tract to the East Division title last season after pasting Georgia 35-7 at home in early October, but it got quickly derailed with back-to-back road losses to LSU and Florida in its next two games. In the end, the Gamecocks went 6-2 in conference play and 11-2 overall.
Heading into the 2013 season, South Carolina has been listed at +190 to win the East and at +475 to win the SEC. This season’s showdown with the Bulldogs is set for Sept. 7 in Athens so we should know right way which one of these teams has the inside tract to the conference title game. The Gamecocks will have a number of holes to fill to match last season’s success with just seven starters back on offense and five back on defense. The good news is that quarterback Conner Shaw returns to lead the offense and All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is back to wreak havoc on that side of the ball.
The odds to win the 2013 SEC title for the rest of the teams in the East Division have Florida at +950, Vanderbilt at +1700, Missouri at +4500, Tennessee at +6000 and Kentucky at +15000.
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