2012 SEC Champion Futures Odds & Predictions

by Scott

The SEC is the power conference of college football and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. Teams in the SEC Conference have won 8 of 14 BCS Championship Games including the last 6 championships and they’re 9-0 in the big game overall. In 2012 the SEC looks to be more wide open than in recent years although the LSU Tigers should be the team to beat.

2012 SEC Conference Futures Betting Odds

SEC TeamSEC Conference OddsSEC East Division OddsSEC West Division Odds
Alabama +225+145
Arkansas +1100+575
South Carolina+1250+255
Mississippi State+4500+2000
Texas A&M+6000+2500

2012 SEC East Division Preview & Picks

  • Georgia Bulldogs +155 (Last Season 10-4 & 7-1 in Conference)

Last season couldn’t have started worse for the Bulldogs (0-2), but they reeled off 10 straight wins to win the SEC East and now the Bulldogs are favoured to repeat in the East. With 15 starters back in the line-up and only 2 defensive players leaving from the 3rd ranked defence in the nation from 2011 the Bulldogs should be able to lock-up a date in the SEC Championship Game.

QB Aaron Murray is back, but he’ll have more pressure on him this season. RB Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team, which means the running game may take awhile to get going in 2012. The biggest question mark for Georgia is whether their new o-line will be able to hold up in the tough SEC Conference, as they have to replace 3 starters.

  • South Carolina Gamecocks +255 (Last Season 11-2 & 6-2 in Conference)

Steve Spurrier believes this is the best team he has ever had in Columbia. The Gamecocks are going to be tough in the SEC East, as the team returns 13 starters including star RB Marcus Lattimore. Last season Lattimore went down with an injury in October that ended his season, but he’s back and it looks like QB Connor Shaw may be the answer for now at QB.

Shaw went 8-1 last year once he was put into the starting line-up and with Lattimore back the Gamecocks will be even better. On offence the big question is the offensive line, as South Carolina has a weak o-line to protect their offensive leaders. Last season the team only allowed an average of 18.4 PPG (11th) and they had the 2nd ranked passing defence in the nation.

  • Florida Gators +305 (Last Season 7-6 & 3-5 in Conference)

The Gators had a 2011 season that they want to forget about and I’m not convinced 2012 will be any better. The Gators are #24 in the preseason rankings, but they may not finish in the T25 this year. Last year the Gators were 0-5 against T25 teams including an 0-4 stretch during October, which is the 1st time the Gators went 0-4 during October since 1971.

Florida loses their starting QB (Brantley) and two leading rushers from last season (Rainey & Demps). Florida thankfully has a lot of depth on both sides of the ball, but I don’t think they’ll compete for the SEC East Championship. The offence is going to have growing pains this year and the defence won’t be able to keep them in games against ranked opponents like last season.

Missouri is in the SEC East this season after coming over from the Big 12. Missouri shouldn’t be a contender in a tough SEC East, as they were only 8-5 (5-4 in Big 12) last year. The other three teams in the SEC East (Tennessee, Vanderbilt & Kentucky) aren’t likely to be in the mix although I have to quickly mention that Vandy was extremely impressive in 2011.

Vandy only finished 6-7 overall with a 2-6 conference record, but they were close to knocking off some bigger names like Florida and I think this team will improve even more this year. They won’t compete for the SEC East title, but with numerous starters back including Jordan Rodgers and Zac Stacy this team is going to finish above .500 in 2012.

My prediction in the SEC East is that the Bulldogs will retain the title and play in the SEC Championship Game. South Carolina will be tough, but if Lattimore goes down with an injury again the Gamecocks will find it difficult to beat the top SEC teams.

  • Georgia Bulldogs +155 to win the SEC East

2012 SEC West Division Preview & Picks

  • Alabama Crimson Tide +145 (Last Season 12-1 & 7-1 in Conference)

Bama may have lost to LSU during the regular season, but they won the BCS Championship Game in incredible fashion. This year the Crimson Tide loses a lot of starters, especially on the defensive side of the football. Only 4 starters are back on defence, but the Tide does have a lot of depth to fill-in the holes. I think losing Maze is huge because now field position will be harder to come by.

Alabama led the nation on defence in points allowed (8.2), rushing yards allowed (72.2) and passing yards allowed (111.5). With so many new faces starting on defence they won’t repeat that. The good news is Bama is returning a lot of offensive talent. AJ McCarron and Eddie Lacy will be expected to lead the way on offence to ensure Bama contends for the SEC West title.

  • LSU Tigers +150 (Last Season 13-1 & 8-0 in Conference)

We picked Bama to win the NC last year here at T&P, but this season we think LSU is the class of the SEC. Bama loses a ton of big players while LSU doesn’t lose too much and may even be improved, which is a scary thought. LSU has one of the best running attacks in the nation due to incredible depth at the RB position. In 2011 LSU averaged 202.6 RYPG (22nd).

The defence is also loaded again for the Tigers and they should be amongst the best in the nation. Last year the Tigers allowed an average of 11.3 PPG, which was 2nd to only Bama. Just like last season the biggest question is whether LSU has the QB play to compete for a National Championship. QB Mettenberger will need to perform when needed now that he’s the #1 guy.

  • Arkansas Razorbacks +575 (Last Season 11-2 & 6-2 in Conference)

All the Arkansas talk this summer has been about Petrino and his affair. He’s out the door now and I think that’s going to really hurt the Razorbacks in 2012. Tyler Wilson is back for his senior year and he should be one of the best QB’s in the nation. The RB situation is fine in Arkansas as well and the main question mark on offence is whether the WR’s will catch the football.

Arkansas has 12 starters returning with 6 on offence and 6 on defence. The defence loses some key players, but they should still rank amongst the best teams in the country. In 2011 Arkansas averaged 300.7 PYPG (13th) and 36.8 PPG (15th). On defence they only allowed 22.2 PPG (33rd) and that’s why they went 11-2 with their only two losses to LSU and Bama.

Auburn was the most impressive 8-5 team in the nation last season. Chizik lost tons of starters last season and he had to regroup, but he still managed to win 8 games. This season’s schedule is tough with lots of tough road games. Auburn isn’t going to be on the same level as the top 2 teams in the SEC West.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss are both going to be bottom feeders in the division again, but I think newcomer Texas A&M will win a few surprise games in the SEC as underdogs this season. Texas A&M isn’t ready to compete with the big dogs in SEC due to the fact Ryan Tannehill is in the NFL and QB play for the Aggies is going to be a huge question mark in 2012.

  • LSU Tigers +150 to win SEC West

2012 SEC Championship Futures Predictions

I think the 2012 SEC Championship Game will be between the same teams as 2011. Georgia and LSU should both be able to win their division and I’m confident LSU will win the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers are +230 to win the SEC in 2012 and if the QB play is better than last season I think LSU will be extremely tough to beat at all this season.

  • LSU Tigers +230 to win SEC Conference
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