The SEC is nearing the end of its shortened 10-game season and Alabama is the clear favorite with odds of -500 to win the conference championship. The Crimson Tide are a perfect 8-0 to start the season, with just one game remaining against the unranked LSU Tigers.
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BetOnline has released updated SEC championship odds and Alabama is the -500 favorite to win the conference title. Florida (+230), Texas A&M (+8000) and Georgia (+25000) round out the four teams remaining on the oddsboard.
2020 SEC Championship Odds
|Alabama Crimson Tide||-500|
|Texas A&M Aggies||+8000|
Odds as of December 2 at BetOnline
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Can Anyone Catch Alabama?
For the better part of a decade, Alabama has been the team to fear in the SEC and has appeared in five of six College Football Playoffs, falling short last year for the first time since the format was introduced. Not only are the Crimson Tide the SEC championship odds favorite, but they are also the top team on the oddsboard to win the national title.
Alabama is led by quarterback Mac Jones, who is second in the odds to win the Heisman Trophy. Jones has been exceptional so far, completing 76.2 percent of his passes for 2,729 yards with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions. Alabama’s offense has put up 38 or more points in each of its eight games.
Jones isn’t the only notable person on the offense, as running back Najee Harris is doing a phenomenal job with his electric play in giving Jones short yardage to work with. Harris’s 17 rushing touchdowns are the most in the country.
The Crimson Tide did lose top wideout Jaylen Waddle to a season-ending ankle injury but DeVonta Smith is becoming one of the best wideouts in the nation. The Crimson Tide look to be on their way to winning yet another SEC title this year, as head coach Nick Saban has the team clicking as usual.
Which Team Is Providing The Best Value?
It’s tough to bet against Alabama, but the team that I think has the best chance to challenge for the SEC title is the Florida Gators at +230.
Quarterback Kyle Trask is the front-runner to win the Heisman award and his 34 passing scores in eight games leads the nation. Trask likes to focus on his two favorite targets, wideout Kadarius Toney and tight end Kyle Pitts. This has put Florida into the national championship conversation as the fifth-ranked team in the nation and for good reason. The Gators average the 10th-most points per game.
Florida gets to avoid Alabama altogether on its regular-season schedule, with just two easier games remaining. Following the Gators’ big road win against Georgia, they are now primed to face Alabama in the SEC championship game, where they would have an opportunity to shock the nation and upset the Crimson Tide.
Understanding SEC Championship Odds
When it comes to college football, the SEC is a powerhouse with some of the top schools in the Division 1 landscape. When you check out your NCAAF sportsbook of choice, you’ll see futures odds laid out like so:
Alabama Crimson Tide -500
Texas A&M Aggies +8000
The Crimson Tide are the favorites. You can tell this by the minus sign (-). The other teams are underdogs. You can see this because of the plus sign (+). When there is no clear fave (lack of minus sign), the squad with the lowest odds would be it.
If you like Alabama and place a $100 bet on the Crimson Tide, you’d get a payout of $120 if they won – your original $100 is returned coupled with your winnings of $20. If you think Texas A&M has a better shot at the championship, that same $100 would give you $8,100 – your original money is returned along with your prize of $8,000. A bet on the Aggies is riskier, which is why the wager would come with a bigger reward. But, you shouldn’t bet dogs blindly. Do your research before making a bet to ensure that your bet isn’t a long shot.
What is a Futures bet on SEC Championship Odds?
If you were to bet on a school’s odds to win the SEC championship, you’d be making a futures bet. This is a bet made on events that have yet to happen. Sure, all sports betting is on stuff that hasn’t happened yet; however, with futures, you can bet weeks or even months in advance. As soon as the odds are announced, you can bet. If you see odds you like in July, take them because oddsmakers adjust the lines as the college football season unfolds.