It is difficult to define underrated when referencing the SEC Conference and in the same breath overrating any team is a dangerous venture, especially for opposing college football coaches anguished at hearing about the Southeastern Conference mastery. The SEC Conference Futures: Odds to Win the SEC Championship Game have two West Division teams topping the offshore and strip shop charts. Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide is one team that should nearly always be considered overrated, or overvalued, when it comes to futures odds. The fact that the Tide (+210) are only pennies ahead of the Auburn Tigers (+275) in the Bovada Online Sportsbook odds, and the fact that both come from the same division, speaks volumes of the strength of the SEC West Division versus the East Division.
While it’s not my intention to project a value pick at press time of this futures look-see, the fact that the West Division in the SEC is so strong could work against the conference chances of taking part in the College Football Playoff Championship in 2016. Not surprisingly, save Alabama’s season opener against Wisconsin, the West Division teams didn’t schedule any significant or of consequence in non-conference play.
The SEC and its faithful are suffering through a two-year National Championship drought but all things being equal this long standing powerhouse league holds the top slot among college football conferences. There are eight SEC teams in the Finn Factor College Football Top-25, nine appear in Athlon’s top 25 projections for 2015, including all seven teams from the West Division, while CBS Sportsline has seven of the conference teams in their CBS Sports 128.
SEC Conference Futures: Odds to Win the SEC Championship Game
Odds provided by Bovada Online Sportsbook