We usually don’t talk football on DumbassDaily, but with all the interest in the South Eastern Conference (aka the SEC) I thought it might be nice to see what all the fuss was about. In case you already didn’t know (it’s been advertised EVERYWHERE!), ESPN has created it’s own SEC Network which launched just last week (8/14) and already has more than 80,000 likes on Facebook. Why all the attention for one college sports conference? Over the past 10 years, virtually every NCAA National Football Championship has either been won by an SEC team or had a team play in that game. That’s sports dominance!
So, what are that betting expectations for the SEC
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Let’s start at the bottom, and eliminate a few SEC teams from the league championship this season (which is really hard to do.) Over in the Eastern conference, despite a great season last year, Vanderbilt looks to be a “one hit wonder” and will be back to losing ways in 2014. Under new coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky should improve from last year’s 2-10 record, but still will not challenge. Missouri, Tennessee and Florida will be good, but not great, but each could play spoiler at some point in the season. The real battle is probably between Georgia and South Carolina, with the Gamecocks (with 16 returning starters) the most likely team to win in the East.
In the West division, there will likely be another dogfight this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if both Arkansas and Mississippi State are left chained to the porch and out of contention early. Texas A&M (minus Johnny Football) and Ole Miss will be good, but not good enough to play with the big boys this season, at least not every game. Look for one of them to knock off a contender early in the season though. That leaves LSU, Auburn, and Alabama for the big fight. Auburn upset the Crimson Tide in one of the greatest college football games of all time last season, but won’t have the magic again this year. They won’t be going back to the NCAA–or even the league–title game this season. I do see LSU making another strong run, but ultimately Nick Saban will get Alabama back into the first playoff EVER for NCAA football at this level and they have another good chance at a national title.
In the end, the SEC will prove once again why it’s the most popular college football conference, if not the best. The team that can survive this league will be tough to beat in the playoffs.