2018 SEC Season Football Preview
Looking for SEC Conference 2018 predictions? Ready for the shock of the century? The SEC is going to be good in 2018. Very, very good. But while we all know Alabama will enter the season as the No. 1 team in terms of National Championship odds (+175), Georgia will also be a top-five team (+750), Auburn will be in the top 10 (+2500), LSU (+7000) and Mississippi State (+7500) will both be top 20, and both Texas A&M (+8000) and Florida (+10000) will be in the top 25.
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That makes seven total teams that will be top-25 favorites to win a national title, so while this remains Alabama’s conference, there are a lot of smart, sneaky picks if you believe one of the conference’s “underdogs” can outlast the rest while the conference at large beats up on each other throughout 2018.
SEC Conference 2018 Odds: Alabama (+150)
There are plenty of reasons to pick Alabama for the SEC title. There’s the usual reliability on the sidelines beginning with Nick Saban. There’s the overload of talent on defense with the often-overlooked offense.
Okay, okay…it’s rare anyone overlooks anything about this program. But considering how much people focus on the defense, it can catch casual fans by surprise when they see that the Crimson Tide scored 37.1 points per contest in 2017—just 0.4 points per game fewer than the No. 1 Missouri Tigers.
What we’re going to highlight, however, is the major reason you should consider betting against Alabama. The SEC title game will be played in Georgia’s backyard, Mewrcedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons.
Alabama closes out its season with three straight home games, but it’ll have to play a de facto road game if they make it to the SEC title game along with the Georgia Bulldogs.
SEC Conference 2018 Odds: Georgia Bulldogs (+300)
Georgia has the distinct advantage of playing what will be called a home game if it makes the conference championship. But we’ve already hit on that. So let’s take a peak at why Georgia has a good chance of landing in that position in the first place.
Last season, Georgia was No. 3 in points per game scored in the SEC. The team will have to replace standout Roquan Smith, but they’ll accept that as their reality knowing that Alabama has to replace its entire starting secondary.
There’s little reason to believe Alabama will struggle implementing new pieces considering they’re already familiar with the scheme. But any advantage in the continuity category is very much welcomed for teams looking to take down Saban and Co.
SEC Conference 2018 Odds: Auburn (+700)
No, the Washington Huskies aren’t the same Huskies of two seasons ago. But it’s still a bold call for the Auburn Tigers—a team with legitimate national title hopes—to open the season at a neutral location against a team that could be a dangerous trap to kick off the year.
That said, assuming Auburn can get past UW and play a solid game week in and week out, their season comes down to the antepenultimate game of the 2018 campaign when they face Georgia on the road, then the final game of the year when they travel to Alabama.
SEC Conference 2018 Odds
- Alabama +150
- Georgia +300
- Auburn +700
- Mississippi State +1000
- Florida +1400
- Texas A&M +1600
- LSU +1600
- South Carolina +2000
- Missouri +2000
- Tennessee +5000
- Ole Miss +5000
- Arkansas +5000
- Vanderbilt +10000
- Kentucky +10000
SEC Conference: 2018 Prediction
This is Alabama’s conference to lose…but you know what? We’re picking them to lose it.
This season will come down to the wire, and Georgia will be the one standing when it’s all said and done.
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