Betting College Football 2019 Futures: SEC Championship
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
Of the five major conferences in college football, the SEC tops the list when it comes to competitive teams on a national basis. The ACC has Clemson and the Big Ten is dominated by Ohio State and to a lesser extent Michigan.
The SEC has Alabama at the top of the list, but Georgia, LSU, and Florida are all ranked in the preseason Top 10. The race to this year’s SEC Championship is still Alabama’s to lose, but you already know that the other national powers in the SEC are going to be pulling out all the stops to take the Tide’s place.
2019 SEC Championship Odds
Alabama Crimson Tide -160
The SEC does begin and end with the Alabama Crimson Tide as one of the best teams in the nation under the guidance of head coach Nick Saban. During his tenure starting in 2007, the Tide has five national titles on the resume. Three were during the BCS era and the last two were under the College Football Playoff format. Alabama has played in the last four championship games with a record of 2-2.
As a +260 second-favorite behind Clemson (+240) on MyBookie’s NCAAF futures board, Alabama is in an excellent position to extend its streak of consecutive national title games to five. This adds even more value to its -160 odds to once again win the SEC.
Georgia Bulldogs +300
Georgia did give Alabama all it could handle in last season’s SEC title game in a 35-28 loss as a 12-point underdog. The Bulldogs line up as the Tide’s toughest competition this season as well. These two teams do not meet in the regular season, so most college football experts are predicting a rematch in the conference championship between the winner of the SEC East and the SEC West.
The Bulldogs will face Notre Dame on Sept. 21 in a big nonconference clash and they have Florida and Auburn on the road. Given the high level of talent on each side of the ball, I would still pencil Georgia back into the SEC title game in early December.
LSU Tigers +900
With a power running game and shutdown defense as two staples for LSU, the Tigers are always a team to watch in the SEC West. They saw their SEC title hopes go down in flames last season with a loss to Florida on the road and to Alabama at home. This season, LSU has to play Florida and Auburn at home ahead of a Nov. 9 road game against Alabama. It also has a solid test on its hand early against the Big 12’s Texas Longhorns on Sept. 7. The gauntlet through the regular season is just too tough to win the West this season.
Georgia’s main competition for the East Division title could be in a position to play the role of spoiler. This may be the most talented Gators’ team in recent memory heading into an early opener on Aug. 25 against the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes. If they can live up to expectations, a showdown against Georgia at home on Nov. 2 could easily decide the East Division. Given the longer odds, there is some value in Florida as an upset special.
Auburn Tigers +2000
Auburn has been a thorn in the side of Alabama over the years in one of the most bitter rivalries in college football. The gap between the two teams heading into this season remains rather wide, but you can never count out the Tigers given the emotional level of their seasonal clash against the Tide in each team’s regular-season finale. Getting that game at home this season is a major plus.