In the days following the Supreme Court’s historic ruling that makes it possible for states to legalize sports betting, interest in betting on SEC football is likely to be as high as ever.
And you can bet the sportsbooks already in business are looking to capitalize on that by putting out some attractive offerings to bettors who aren’t patient enough to wait for their home state to get laws and regulations on the books to get things started.
On Thursday, popular sportsbook BetOnline.ag released some updated betting offerings for the upcoming college football season.
Among those were the ever-popular regular season win totals for a collection of popular FBS teams. The offerings listed included totals for 10 of the 14 SEC programs:
- Alabama 10.5
- Auburn 8.5
- Florida 7.5
- Georgia 10.5
- LSU 6.5
- Mississippi State 7.5
- Missouri 6.5
- South Carolina 7.5
- Tennessee 6.5
- Texas A&m 7.5
So what can we take away from these numbers? Some thoughts:
- Remember, these numbers includes regular season wins only. That does not include conference championship or bowl game victories.
- LSU would have to finish .500 or worse to not make bettors a winner on the over at 6.5. The Tigers have not failed to reach seven regular season wins since Gerry DiNardo was in charge in 1999.
- The bar for Jimbo Fisher’s first season in College Station appears awfully familiar to the yearly seven or eight win expectation the Aggies had under Kevin Sumlin. Is that an opportunity to pounce for those optimistic about Texas A&M or a warning that this isn’t a one-year turnaround with a new coach?
- Missouri’s late-season surge in 2017 and the return of senior quarterback Drew Lock are not enough to move the needle on what is projected to be another .500-ish season in Columbia.
- South Carolina topped the 7.5 regular season win number last season and brings many of its key contributors back for another run at the SEC East.
- Georgia has officially reached “Alabama level” under Kirby Smart in the eyes of the oddsmakers. The Bulldogs will have to be nearly perfect to beat that 10.5 total, and they’ll have to do it while replacing key contributors such as Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Roquan Smith.