The Southeastern Conference has been the powerhouse of college football for the past decade with 7 national champions in the past 10 seasons.
Last season however, the Florida State Seminoles ended the run of 7 straight national titles by a SEC team when they defeated the Auburn Tigers in the BCS Championship Game.
Since 2006 at least on team in the SEC has reached the National Champions game. With a streak like the one the SEC has had, it is important to know who is the favorite to win the SEC conference championship in the 2014 season.
It likely is not a surprise to anyone that the Crimson Tide of Alabama at 13 to 10, with their series of consecutive recruiting classes and a new transfer quarterback own the shortest odds in the conference.
Jacob Coker who transferred to the Tide from FSU, where he became second string to Jameis Winston the Heisman Trophy winner, is expected to step in and start this season as the new signal caller for Bama despite head coach Nick Saban talking about a fierce competition at quarterback.
For Alabama, the toughest competitors in the conference based upon the prices are Auburn at 7 to 2 and Georgia at 11 to 2. However, a great deal of noise will be made by South Carolina at 6 to 1 and LSU at 8 to 1.
Nick Marshall will return at quarterback for Auburn, but there could be fallout from a marijuana citation he received in early July.
Auburn will open its season against Arkansas an SEC rival so if Marshall is suspended early it could be detrimental to their season.
Georgia will have a new quarterback starting in 2014, but the Bulldogs will likely jump on Todd Gurley’s broad shoulders and let the talent running back carry them early and often. That is at least through the first few games until the new QB can become comfortable and learn the ropes in the SEC.
Both Tigers – Auburn as well as LSU – will have direct shots at knocking the Tide off in head-to-head games. However, both the Bulldogs and Gamecocks would have to wait until the title game of the conference to get an opportunity to face them if one or the other were to make it that far.
Current SEC Championship Odds
- Alabama 13 to 10
- Auburn 7 to 2
- Georgia 11 to 2
- South Carolina 6 to 1
- LSU 8 to 1
- Florida 12 to 1
- Ole Miss 12 to 1
- Missouri 40 to 1
- Tennessee 50 to 1
- Mississippi State 50 to 1
- Texas A&M 50 to 1
- Arkansas 75 to 1
- Kentucky 100 to 1
- Vanderbilt 100 to 1