It’s late May and you’re still months away from any real SEC football games, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pass the time by getting in on some of the action.
Prominent sportsbook BetOnline.ag has released betting lines for many of the top football games in Week 1, including eight of the SEC variety.
2018 SEC football betting lines: Week 1
|Sept. 1||Vanderbilt Stadium||Vanderbilt||7.5||Middle Tennessee|
|Sept. 1||Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)||Auburn||3||Washington|
|Sept. 1||Kroger Field||Kentucky||20||Central Michigan|
|Sept. 1||NRG Stadium (Houston)||Ole Miss||1.5||Texas Tech|
|Sept. 1||Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)||West Virginia||7||Tennessee|
|Sept. 1||Camping World Stadium (Orlando)||Alabama||28.5||Louisville|
|Sept. 1||Williams-Brice Stadium||South Carolina||35||Coastal Carolina|
|Sept. 2||AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)||Miami||3||LSU|
SEC games without available betting lines at this point include six less-than-exciting matchups against FCS opponents:
- Eastern Illinois at Arkansas
- Charleston Southern at Florida
- Austin Peay at Georgia
- Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State
- UT Martin at Missouri
- Northwestern State at Texas A&M
Betting lines may become available on those games closer to kickoff, but some sportsbooks shy away from issuing points spreads on games between FBS powers and FCS programs.
So what do we make of the game that we are able to place bets on at this point? Some quick thoughts:
- The game between Auburn and Washington really could be a defacto College Football Playoff elimination game during the first weekend of the college football season, and the minuscule betting line reflects just how close this heavyweight fight could be in Atlanta.
- The SEC is favored in three of the five neutral site games, but four of those lines are within a touchdown. Expect some close football games against Power 5 opponents.
- Bobby Petrino is being paid no respect without Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson at quarterback for the Cardinals. Alabama is always really good, but Petrino has a way of manufacturing points. The Crimson Tide better be ready to score if they’re going to cover that 28.5 point spread.