SEC Power Rankings from a Gaming Perspective

SEC Power Rankings from a Gaming Perspective

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is the most powerful conference in the nation. It has exceeded all the other conferences with a per-school revenue of $50 million for football alone in 2018, according to revenue projections. With gambling on sports beginning in several states by the time football season kicks off Labor Day Weekend, the SEC is poised to again send at least one member to the national championship. In 2018, the conference was represented on both sides of the National Championship game.

Now, that the football season is here, the power rankings have also arrived. While there are 14 teams in the SEC, only the top five are represented below. There is little doubt that at least one of these five teams will end up in the national championship game. Some of these teams are better than others.

No. 5–South Carolina

 Will MuschampSouth Carolina has a fighting chance in the SEC East, with one really glaring exception—Georgia. In fact, the Gamecocks are clear underdogs in two games this season: the Bulldogs at home and Clemson on the road. Neither of those games is going to be remotely easy. Five other games have been rated by the oddsmakers as a six-point spread.

Head Coach Will Muschamp does do well as an underdog, but this team has a way to go before it can contend with the big boys. A healthy wide receiver in Deebo Samuel will be helpful, as well as a new offensive coordinator with eight starters. This should lead Muschamp’s offense to be far better in 2018. However, there are some obvious flaws. The line of scrimmage is lackluster at best, and the secondary is going to be a patchwork until Muschamp gets some recruits going. While they are light years ahead of some teams in the SEC, don’t look for this team in the championship.

No. 4– Mississippi State

Bookmakers have looked favorably on the Bulldogs this year, and have rated them the favorites in 10 of the team’s 12 games, But, four games have a margin of 7 or fewer points. As opposed to South Carolina, Mississippi State has a huge defensive line, one of 10 best in the country. Not only is the defensive line good, but, so, is the offensive line. The question mark? The ankle of QB Nick Fitzgerald, and whether Shoop is as good as Grantham.

No. 3 — Auburn

Here’s the problem with Auburn this year. The team has already had two horrible games on the road to Athens and Tuscaloosa. Otherwise, the team would potentially be in the Top 10. Auburn has the second-best defensive line in the country after Clemson. The other question marks for Auburn are its offensive line and its unproven backfield.

No. 2 — Georgia

There are only two teams in the SEC that are favored in all their games, and Georgia is one of them. While the team’s big star backs are gone, the school is loaded to the gills with talent, and the Bulldogs may have the best offense in the last 10 years. The only question mark is at the linebacker position.

No. 1 — Alabama

This is Georgia’s biggest problem, and, by that, we mean that UGA-Bama should already be slotted for the SEC championship game in December. The problem with Alabama is the team is replacing a ton of people; including receivers, defensive backs, and both offensive and defensive coordinators. If there is any question mark on Nick Saban’s team, it may be that it, like Georgia, is also thin at linebacker, and if the team’s two top backs get injured, that spells trouble.

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