What most would call college football’s best conference, the SEC, figures to be ultra-competitive, once again, as heralded teams like Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina battle for league supremacy. The odds makers at Sportbook.ag expect the Crimson Tide to emerge victorious, though, as they are a -110 moneyline favorite to win the conference in the latest 2013 SEC Championship Odds. Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs are a second pick at +400 odds while Texas A&M and South Carolina are third in line at +600 odds. The biggest long shot according to the offshore bookmaker is Kentucky at +50000 odds.
Alabama Crimson Tide (-110): The Crimson Tide lost some big contributors from last season’s National Championship team; however, quarterback A.J. McCarron and his top three receiving targets, Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood, and Kenny Bell, return as do leading tackler C.J. Mosley and Trey DePriest. And, of course, Nick Saban is still roaming the sidelines in Tuscaloosa, which is the program’s biggest advantage of all.
Georgia Bulldogs (+400): The Bulldogs lost to division rival South Carolina last season, but they still managed to win the East after posting a 7-1 league record. Georgia’s division title earned it a meeting with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and it acquitted itself well in a spread covering 28-32 loss to the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs return nine starters from last year’s offense, including quarterback Aaron Murray, but the defense loses eight starters from the 2012 team. Richt has a very talented class coming in, though, and there are also 20 defensive lettermen returning to the program.
South Carolina Gamecocks (+600): South Carolina notched its second consecutive 11 win season last year, but it still chasing what has been an elusive league title. Steve Spurrier has the program stocked with talent, but the Gamecocks schedule may make it difficult for them to secure a conference championship. South Carolina faces Georgia in Athens, and the middle portion of its 2013 slate includes three consecutive conference road games (Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri).
Texas A&M Aggies (+600): A&M stunned a lot of people last year by posting an 11-2 record in its inaugural SEC season. Prior to the start of the season not a soul envisioned Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy or Texas A&M upsetting Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but both of those things happened and they have created some buzz for the 2013 campaign. Whether or not A&M can match last year’s success will depend largely on Manziel. No one questions his immense talent; however, his off the field issues have the potential to transform into on the field problems.
2013 SEC Championship Odds: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Texas A&M +600
South Carolina +600
Ole Miss +2500
Mississippi State +7500