Bias across the nation would suggest that the SEC is still the dominant powerhouse of the college football world. Though it's true that this conference has been represented in 10 of the last 11 National Championship Games and has won eight of the 11, others seem to be catching up, particularly outside of the very tippy top. This is a one-team conference right now, and the idea of anyone running down Alabama seems preposterous.
The Crimson Tide have really challenged themselves outside of conference play over the course of the last couple seasons. This year, they're going to open up against a Florida State team that could very well be the second favorite to win the National Championship when the season kicks off. It's further confirmation of the dynasty Nick Saban has built up in Tuscaloosa. The SEC hasn't fared well against Alabama over the years, and it's taken some truly special performances on an individual basis to figure out how to beat this team. There's a reason why the Tide are -165 favorites to win a fourth straight SEC championship.
LSU is the second favorite to win the SEC at +700, but the Bayou Bengals surely have a long, uphill battle in front of them. They have to play five road games this season in the SEC to repay Florida for the game that was moved to Baton Rouge due to Hurricane Daniel last year. Plus, they have to travel to Tuscaloosa. The idea of them getting through all of that is slim at best, and that's why Auburn probably has the better shot at +725 with the Iron Bowl being played at Jordan Hare.
The SEC East? Does that division even exist anymore? Florida has been romped over the course of the last two seasons by Alabama in the conference title game, and that's just a microcosm of what is now an eight-year run of dominance by the SEC West in Atlanta. Florida is the second choice out of the East at +1150, but it's not like Georgia is all that much better at +1000. The SEC East clearly is one of the weaker divisions in Power Five FBS football, and that should remain the case once again in 2017. Four of the five longest shots on the board to win the SEC are all in the East Division.
The East figures to be a three-team race this year between Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The Bulldogs are the slight favorites at +145, but Florida is again the team to watch. Sure, the Gators have to play against LSU out of the West, but they also only have to play three road games in conference play, the hardest of which is probably at South Carolina. Losing the Florida/Georgia game will be devastating for either of these sides, but it won't necessarily end up being a disqualifier.
Alabama is -280 to win yet another SEC West title, but with as top-heavy as the rest of the West is, any loss to LSU or Auburn could be too tough to overcome, knowing that it would take either two losses by the team it was beaten by or a carousel of losses by the others to ultimately win this division. It's a risky play at a hefty price at -280, but the Crimson Tide are going to be heavy favorites every time on the field this year.
Ole Miss is on probation this year and cannot win the SEC title.
Texas A&M +5500
Mississippi State +13000
South Carolina +13000
Georgia Bulldogs +145
Florida Gators +160
Tennessee Volunteers +345
Kentucky Wildcats +1800
South Carolina Gamecocks +1800
Missouri Tigers +2900
Vanderbilt Commodores +2900
Alabama Crimson Tide -280
LSU Tigers +475
Auburn Tigers +485
Texas A&M Aggies+2800
Arkansas Razorbacks +4000
Ole Miss Rebels - N/A
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