It’s never too early to start dreaming about the 2020 college football season. Coaches, players, fans, and bettors are all hopeful for a smooth return to the upcoming season. With the new season approaching, bettors can start taking a strong look at prop bets on the SEC, normally one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
The battle for the SEC crown will be another beauty in 2020. LSU, the defending national champion loses a ton of talent but should still be in the mix. Alabama is synonymous with SEC and national championships and a number of other teams should all factor into what should be an exciting and intriguing 2020 SEC season.
SEC Best Bets: The Tide Returns
The early favorite to win the SEC is Alabama (-222). For the first time in a long time, it appears as though the SEC is wide open. The Crimson Tide and LSU both lose some serious firepower, but both return enough to not only win the division but also the conference and a national title.
Alabama loses QB Tua Tagovailoa as well as wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. Mac Jones subbed for Tagovailoa when he was hurt and true freshman Bryce Young will compete for the starting job. One of the big positives for Alabama is the return of most of the offensive line and RB Najee Harris, who said no to the NFL.
The defense also gets a boost with the return of Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon both of whom missed all of 2019 with injuries. Cornerback Patrick Surtain returns to anchor the secondary.
SEC Best Bets: A Tiger Repeat?
LSU will watch as quarterback Joe Burrow is the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, but that isn’t the worst of it. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady left to take the same job with the Carolina Panthers. Add in the losses of WR Justin Jefferson and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the offense will take a hit.
That doesn’t mean the Tigers will not challenge Alabama. LSU’s odds to win the SEC are set at +200 and for good reason. Head coach Ed Orgeron has to replace the bulk of his offensive line, but the Tigers defense returns plenty of young studs. Sophomore CB Derek Stingley is already one of the best in the nation.
A new quarterback is needed, but there are plenty of weapons still remaining. WR Ja’Marr Chase won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. Terrace Marshall also returns. The SEC West could be decided on Nov. 7 when the Tigers take on Alabama.
SEC Best Bets: The Other Tigers?
One of the more intriguing futures bets on the SEC title involves those other Tigers. Auburn will have one of the conference’s up-and-coming quarterbacks in sophomore Bo Nix. Former SMU and Arkansas head coach Chad Morris steps in as the Tigers new offensive coordinator, which should be a boost.
Auburn’s success will likely ride on the replacing of four of the five starters on the offensive line. The Tigers also need to replace three of four defensive linemen. The linebacking crew is probably the best in the SEC. At +1400, Auburn is a longshot to win the SEC, but one of very few longshot bets that makes sense.
SEC Best Bets: Don’t Forget the East
The SEC West has won seven of the last eleven national championships. The division is so strong that the SEC East is often overlooked. Florida and Georgia will make sure that doesn’t happen in 2020.
Georgia (+600) probably has an edge in roster talent, but will that translate to wins on the field? The Bulldogs got lucky with the transfer of QB Jamie Newman from Wake Forest. A starter for the Demon Deacons, Newman is big (6-4, 240) and can run and throw.
The backfield is loaded with talent even though D’Andre Swift is off to the NFL. Georgia’s defense was outstanding last season and should be once again in 2020. The Bulldogs crossover to play both Alabama and Auburn this season, but the East will come down to the showdown with the Gators on Oct. 31.
Florida (+700) returns QB Kyle Trask and four starters on the offensive line. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham lost some key pieces in CB C.J. Henderson and LB David Reese, but the Gators will still likely be a top-10 defense.