SEC rooting guide, odds for conference championship weekend
If oddsmakers are correct, the SEC Championship game will be the least competitive conference title game on Saturday.
The Alabama-Florida matchup is the only championship tilt to garner a double-digit point spread. Here are the point spreads for the four title games from the Power 5 conferences and why they matter to SEC fans.
SEC – Alabama (-17) vs. Florida
The line on this game is very indicative of how the teams have been playing lately. Florida hasn’t looked impressive since October. Alabama has been mostly dominant since a loss to Ole Miss in September. Florida’s offense will have to be much better than it was in Saturday night’s 27-2 loss to Florida State.
ACC – Clemson (-6.5) vs. North Carolina
Alabama doesn’t look like it needs any help, but the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff will play the No. 4 seed in the semifinals. If North Carolina upsets Clemson, the Crimson Tide would likely be the top seed.
Pac-12 – Stanford (-4) vs. Southern California
SEC fans should keep an eye on this game. Why? Recruiting. Southern California loves to raid the Southeast for top prospects. A loss by the Trojans could lead administrators to replace interim coach Clay Helton. That would likely mean a new staff and new recruiters. It would be harder to replace Helton if he wins the Pac-12.
Big Ten – Michigan State (-3) vs. Iowa
Iowa is undefeated, but most think 11-1 Michigan State is the better team. For the easiest path to a national title, Alabama fans should root for the Hawkeyes to upset the Spartans.