Our excellent preseason coverage continued at BangTheBook.com today with the latest recording of the College Football Podcast to talk about the SEC. With the Big 10 and Pac-12 covered last week, and the Big 12 covered on Monday, the SEC took center stage. The 14 teams were discussed individually for their strengths, weaknesses, and some power rating differences between host Adam Burke and recurring guest Kyle Hunter, a BTBCappers.com Expert Handicapper.
There was a lot to talk about as several SEC teams lost their starting quarterback from last season to graduation or the NFL and that certainly leads to some transition and some difference of opinion. A few teams were rated up to five points differently between Adam and Kyle and those teams were discussed from each guy’s perspective. Overall, the West is strong, the East is top-heavy, and the bottom of the conference is still better than the bottom of most conferences.
The show began with Alabama, a team Kyle believes could surpass Florida State in his power ratings if Florida State transfer Jake Coker is productive at quarterback. Adam praises Alabama’s hire of Lane Kiffin as a possible difference maker for Coker and the Tide. There are plenty of other strengths and not a whole lot of weaknesses for Nick Saban’s bunch.
The national runners-up, the Auburn Tigers, were covered next as there were some disagreements about Auburn’s defense. There was no disagreement about Gus Malzahn, however, and the success of his offensive scheme. Were the Tigers lucky, good, really good, or something else and will that impact this season?
Staying with Tigers, the LSU Tigers certainly have an interesting season ahead of them. The entire passing game is pretty much gone, but this is a program that reloads with quality recruits year after year. What kind of position is LSU in to start the season? Can they compete with the state of Alabama?
There were definitely some big disagreements among the guys with regards to Mississippi, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M as both sets of power ratings showed drastic differences. What was the main source of the discrepancies? Listen to find out!
At the bottom of the SEC West, the Arkansas Razorbacks were another hotly-debated team. Kyle was quite a bit higher on the Hogs than Adam was. Neither Adam nor Kyle were expecting Arkansas to finish ahead of the other teams in the conference, but there were some differences in overall value that could prove to be significant.
Shifting focus to the SEC East, Georgia and South Carolina occupied the top spots for varying reasons. The Georgia offense is stacked and the defense has some concerns, while South Carolina’s concerns are in the passing game and the secondary. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks are clearly the class of this division.
Just like the SEC West, there were some differences of opinion when it came to the second tier of the division. Both guys admitted to having a tough time rating those teams because of the uncertainties and inconsistencies that are going to be present throughout the season. Does Florida have an ace in the hole? Will Missouri be able to find somebody to catch the football? Those questions and more were answered.
At the bottom of the SEC East, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt could all improve, but remain a few notches below the rest of the division. What strengths may be unaccounted for by the oddsmakers? What weaknesses remain or have grown since last season? All that and more on those three teams wrapped up the show.
On next Monday’s show, the guys will break down the ACC with analysis on all of the teams in the Coastal and Atlantic Divisions. Next Wednesday’s show will wrap up the preseason as the guys prepare for Week 1 of the college football season.
With just two weeks until the season, bettors need to make sure that they are prepared for a profitable season. It’s important to acquire any and all insight and analysis at this time of year and some of the best insight and analysis can be heard regularly on the BangTheBook.com College Football Podcast.
Adam Burke is a freelance writer and amateur handicapper with a knack for finding value through matchup analysis and a deep understanding of the sports betting market. His main area of expertise is baseball, with a background in sabermetrics and advanced statistics. He is the host of The Gridiron Gambling Report and our college football and college basketball BangTheBook.com podcasts on the BlogTalkRadio Network.