Alabama is +500 to be the ’09 SEC Champ
Bama +500 Odds
Year in and year out, most college football experts agree that the SEC is the best conference in the country. The SEC will likely have four teams rated in the Top 25 when the official coaches and media polls come out later this summer.
Atop those polls will no doubt be the defending national champion Florida Gators. Florida is an enormous favorite to win the SEC this year as they have been posted by odds makers as a -275 favorite.
The biggest key to Florida’s success in ’09 will be the return of college football’s best player, quarterback Tim Tebow. The guy is a flat out stud and he is not only the team’s leading returning passer but is also the team’s leading returning rusher as he had just over 650 yards on the ground. Tebow will take care of the load on offense meanwhile one of the best defenses in the country is all coming back. This defense is going to be very tough to score on as they were 4th in scoring defense and 9th in total defense last year. They also posted a plus 22 turnover margin. These numbers are staggering and the entire defense WILL BE BACK! I see Florida cruising to another SEC Championship in 2009 and probably another National Championship in January.
As for what team will challenge Florida in the SEC, the odds makers believe LSU has the best chance as they have been listed at +350 to take home the title. This comes as a surprise because most experts look for Alabama and Ole Miss to be better then this LSU squad. The big question mark for the Tigers this season is their defense. They lost 5 starters from a unit that wasn’t exactly spectacular last season. They have a new coordinator but have a lot of holes to fill. Head Coach, Les Miles also has to decide what he wants to do at the quarterback position. Will he go with Jarrett Lee again or turn the offense over to Jordan Jefferson who absolutely obliterated Georgia Tech in last season’s bowl victory over Georgia Tech. LSU has a lot of youngsters that Miles might plug in certain holes and we’re just going to have to wait and see how good they can be.
Alabama is at +500 to win the SEC and Nick Saban’s squad will have to try and focus on the task at hand with all kinds of NCAA investigations still going on. If the sanctions go away and this team can concentrate on playing football, they could be very good. They return 9 starters on a defense that was outstanding all year with the exception of the SEC Championship game and the Sugar Bowl against Utah. Julio Jones is a stud wide receiver and Mark Ingram should be able to step in nicely at the running back position for Glen Coffee. However, they need to find the answer as to who will be the quarterback. Greg McElroy is expected to be the guy but he will get plenty of competition from Star Jackson.
All things considered, this conference if Florida’s to lose but I just don’t see that happening. They have Tim Tebow and the best defense in the country returning all 11 starters. The SEC will be a strong league again but I don’t think anyone will be able to dethrone the Gators. The toughest opponent for the Gators will be against themselves. They’ll have to stave off complacency after winning the national title two of the last three years.
2009 Odds To Win SEC Conference:
1. Alabama +500
2. Arkansas +1500
3. Auburn +900
4. Florida -275
5. Georgia +750
6. Kentucky +6000
7. LSU +350
8. Mississippi +500
9. Mississippi State +8000
10. South Carolina +1600
11. Tennessee +2500
12. Vanderbilt +8000