Las Vegas oddsmakers made a pretty clear statement Sunday: The SEC’s best is better than the Big Ten’s.
Southeastern champion Alabama is an early 9.5-point favorite over B1G champ Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, according to SuperBook.
The No. 2 Crimson Tide have won 10 straight, including the SEC championship game over Florida on Saturday. Up in Indianapolis, the No. 3 Spartans topped previously undefeated Iowa for the Big Ten championship.
Whichever team wins on New Year’s Eve will play for a national championship against the Orange Bowl winner — either No. 1 Clemson or No. 4 Oklahoma.