Alabama Once Again Odds-On Favorites to Win 2020 SEC Title


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Mac Jones will try to lead Alabama to an SEC Title after what was considered a down year by lofty Crimson Tide standards. Photo from @CrimsonTideHub
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  • Alabama is the heavy favorite to win the SEC after missing the conference championship game last year
  • Georgia looks to replace Jake Fromm, Florida intriguing with coach Dan Mullen and QB Kyle Trask
  • Read below for our analysis and SEC Title pick

The closer we get to the pandemic-induced truncated college football season, the better Alabama looks in the eyes of bettors.

The latest odds to win the 2020 SEC title have the Crimson Tide at better than even money. This comes even Alabama had a bad season โ€“ at least by its incredibly lofty standards โ€“ in which it went 11-2 last fall and did not reach the College Football Playoff for the first time since its inception in 2015.

Nevertheless, the odds have continued to grow shorter for Alabama over the summer.

Odds to Win 2020 SEC Title

Team Odds at Draft Kings
Alabama -143
Georgia +200
LSU +650
Florida +1200
Texas A&M +1400
Auburn +1600
Kentucky +10000
Tennessee +10000
Mississippi State +12500
Missouri +12500
Ole Miss +12500
South Carolina +12500
Vanderbilt +25000
Arkansas +50000

Odds taken Aug. 7

Losses Wonโ€™t Stem Tide

Alabama lost quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III in the first round of the NFL Draft but coach Nick Saban is not concerned about his offense.

The man who has won five national titles in 13 years at Alabama believes Mac Jones is ready to handle the starting quarterback duties. Jones led the Crimson Tide to a victory over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl to cap last season while replacing the injured Tagovailoa.

Jones also has two of the best weapons in college football in wide receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris.

Sabanโ€™s concern is on the other side of the ball. Alabamaโ€™s defense was ravaged by injuries last season and ranked outside the top five in the conference for the first time in more than a decade.

Georgia Has QB Bonanza

Georgia is the favorite in the SEC East as it suddenly has exceptional depth at quarterback following the departure of Jake Fromm to the NFL Draft.

The Bulldogs have a pair of transfers in Jamie Newman from Wake Forest and JT Daniels from Southern California.

Newman had a big season for the Demon Deacons a year ago. Daniels was a big-time recruit who was injured early in his freshmen season in 2019. Kedon Slovis took over and cemented his status as the starter.

After struggling to score points at times last season, coach Kirby Smart has brought in Todd Monken as coordinator to liven up a struggling offense.

Tough Act to Follow

LSU is the third choice in the SEC, according to the oddsmakers. However, that seemingly has more to do with what the Tigers did last season than what they might do this season.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow is gone from a national championship team that went 15-0 along with plenty of other key players.

New passing game coordinator Scott Linehan, the one-time Minnesota Vikings head coach, will break in a new quarterback in Kyle Brennan. Brennan, though, will have wide receiver Jโ€™Marr Chase, the winner of last yearโ€™s Biletnikoff Award.

Nevertheless, it is hard to envision the Bayou Bengals overtaking Alabama in the SEC West for a second consecutive season.

Look Out for the Gators

Florida figures to be the top challenger to Georgia in the SEC East after winning New Yearโ€™s Six bowls each of the last two seasons.

Kyle Trask took over for the injured Felipe Franks at quarterback early last season and shined in his first full year as a starter since his freshman year of high school. Trask is a solid darkhorse candidate for the Heisman.

The Gators also have Kyle Pitts, arguably the best tight end in college football. And, keep in mind, Dan Mullen is 21-5 in his first two years as head coach in Gainesville.

Alabama is the heavy chalk and there are two simple reasons for that. The Crimson Tide is talented and motivated after their โ€œdownโ€ year in 2019.

It is hard to see anyone beating Alabama, but Florida is certainly a good value play at +1200 with Trask and Mullen.

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