Odds To Win 2011 SEC Championship
Future Betting Odds(wagering lines available at bodog.com)
There is no denying that of the six major conferences in college football, the SEC (South Eastern Conference) rightly deserves its place at the top of the heap. This conference has produced five straight national champions including last year's improbable run by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers. Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide took top honors in 2009, while Urban Meyer led Florida to a BCS Championship in 2008 and 2006. LSU's turn was in 2007 under the guidance of Les Miles. The 2011 season presents a great opportunity to keep this streak alive with a couple a national-title caliber teams in the fold.
Bodog has opened Alabama at 10/11 to win the SEC-West and at 9/5 to win the conference. The Crimson Tide lost some significant talent from last season's 10-3 squad, but they still return seven starters on offense including RB Trent Richardson and WR's Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze. A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims will head into summer camp battling it out for the starting job at quarterback, but whoever gets the nod is more than capable of leading this team to not only a SEC title, but a national title as well.
Alabama returns nine starters from a defense that gave up just 13.5 points a game, which was third-best in the nation. The entire secondary and linebacking corps remains intact, and the few holes that do exist have already been filled through the tremendous recruiting efforts of Sabin and his staff.
Florida is coming off one of its worst seasons in recent memory and is entering this year with a new coaching regime led by Will Muschamp. That did not stop the odds makers from instilling Gators as the favorites to win the East at 7/4 and second-favorites to win the conference at 9/2. Charlie Weis was brought in to handle the offense and one of his first moves was to switch to more of a pro set and get away from the spread formation. This change is designed to better suit the abilities of QB John Brantley, who could flourish in this new system.
The Gators will have some work to do on defense with just two starters back from last season's squad. Fortunately, Muschamp will continue to benefit from the past recruiting efforts of his predecessor Urban Meyer for a few years to come.
The second favorite to win the West at 5/2 and third-favorite to win the SEC at 5/1 is LSU. There is some tremendous value in both of these odds as the Tigers come into this season loaded on both sides of the ball. They return nine starters on offense including QB Jordan Jefferson, who can both effectively throw and run the ball. RB Spencer Ware is poised for a breakout year after averaging 7.3 yards a carry in limited action last season.
The real strength of this LSU team remains on the defensive side of the ball. There are seven starters back from a squad that was ranked 11th in the country in points allowed; giving up 18.2 a game. DE Sam Montgomery will anchor the line while Lavar Edwards and Kendrick Adams will be brought in to wreak havoc on obvious passing downs. The secondary will be led by All-American candidate Morris Claiborne and SS Brandon Taylor.
The remainder of the West Division has Arkansas at 6/1, Mississippi State at 7/1, Auburn at 12/1, and Mississippi at 22/1. The East Division is rounded out with Georgia at 9/5, South Carolina at 5/2, Tennessee at 7/1, Kentucky at 25/1, and Vanderbilt at 75/1.
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