In the world of college football, the SEC is widely considered to be the premier conference in the country. And rightfully so. Nine of the last 12 national champions have come out of the SEC, and the SEC led the country with 53 selections in the 2018 NFL Draft. Needless to say, contending in the SEC is no easy task. With that being said, here is a look at the 2018 SEC Championship odds heading into the season.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag as of August 1, 2018.
The Tigers were the only team to defeat Alabama last fall, and they are entering 2018 with extremely high expectations. Quarterback Jared Stidham will be in his second season as the team’s starter, and he is being touted as a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender.
Head coach Gus Malzahn went from being on the hot seat to landing a seven-year, $49 million extension this offseason. If he can somehow guide Auburn to road wins against Mississippi State, Georgia, and Alabama, he will not only have the Tigers in SEC title contention, he will have also earned every penny of his 2018 salary.
Simply put: Kirby Smart has built Georgia into a national powerhouse. They were always competitive under Mark Richt, but Smart and his staff have elevated the Bulldogs to a completely new level. Quarterback Jake Fromm is a Heisman Trophy contender, and their defense should again be among the best in the country. Bottom line: even if they don’t win the SEC, there is a very good chance Georgia will end up playing in the College Football Playoff.
In what has become the norm since Nick Saban took over in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is favored (fairly heavily) to win the 2018 SEC championship. The Tide have yet to settle on a starting quarterback — although Tua Tagovailoa is reportedly the heavy favorite to win the job over Jalen Hurts. Once they settle on a quarterback, Alabama’s sole focus will be on defending their national title. And they have more than enough talent to get it done.
- Mississippi State (+1400)
- Florida (+1500)
- LSU (+2000)
- Missouri (+2200)
- South Carolina (+3500)
- Texas A&M (+3500)
- Ole Miss (+6000)
- Tennessee (+10000)
- Arkansas (+30000)
- Kentucky (+30000)
- Vanderbilt (+50000)
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