Odds to win SEC 2012: The strength of the Southeast Conference is in the western division where LSU, Alabama and Arkansas are bunched together like hay wrapped in bailing wire. Anything outside of these three will not be winning the outright SEC championship anytime soon. The SEC East is less crowded at the top and looks like the champion will be South Carolina or Georgia. Of these two, there is little consensus of which one is best. It depends on who you talk to. College Football Odds at online sportsbook Bovada.lv list the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers as 11/5 favorites followed by Georgia at 5/1, Arkansas 9/1 and South Carolina 11/1. Odds makers have it right with this group.
Arkansas could be a trump card in Alabama or LSU’s plans for winning the SEC West because both must visit Fayetteville this fall. The division should take shape pretty quickly after Alabama and Arkansas play September 15. If Arkansas defeats Alabama, and the Hogs are loaded led, the division showdown could come Thanksgiving weekend when LSU travels to the Ozarks.
In the SEC East, Georgia and South Carolina will rule the roost. Both schools return a solid nucleus from last year. The Gamecocks should be dangerous on both sides of the ball with tailback Marcus Lattimore returning for his junior season and a solid defensive line led by sophomore Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney. Georgia’s Aaron Murray is the best quarterback in the East but Carolina should have less drama at the position with Connor Shaw calling the signals.
Odds makers give Georgia a slight edge over South Carolina primarily because of schedule. The Gamecocks must play both LSU (away) and Arkansas from the West. The Gamecocks will be very lucky to win one of those games. Odds makers have Florida SEC odds at 12/1 but it’s my opinion the Gators are not where they need to be at this point.
Odds to win SEC 2012
South Carolina 11/1
Mississippi State 35/1
Texas A&M 50/1
Ole Miss 200/1
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