Coming off a magical year in Baton Rouge, the LSU Tigers have a bullseye on their back. Ed Orgeron won’t be able to rely on Joe Burrow or Joe Brady carrying the offense this time around, and his team had five players plucked in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Alabama and Georgia each waved goodbye to their quarterbacks, and Auburn finds themselves with the 6th-highest odds to win the Southeastern Conference in 2020.
Does this mean backing Florida to hoist the crown has merit? Would betting on Texas A&M winning the SEC be smart?
You’ll see different SEC football predictions depending on whose blog you are reading, but it’s good to soak up as much information as you can before you start betting college football online.
Let’s start this SEC preview in 2020 with a peek at the odds.
SEC Winner – Odds for 2020
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After having to lay significant money to back the Crimson Tide in each of the last three years, Alabama is now at +175 in the 2020 SEC football odds. This is significant when you consider that the Crimson Tide were installed in the -150 range to win their conference in each of the last three preseasons.
It’s unlikely we see any of the SEC sleeper teams pose as a serious threat, as even Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers are likely to be on the outside looking in.
With that being said, there are at least five prime contenders. In fact, we may see multiple SEC teams wind up in the College Football Playoff (CFP).
Alabama Crimson Tide
2019 Record: 11-2 (Won the Citrus Bowl)
Best Player: Dylan Moses, LB
Mac Jones is going to have his hands full fending off true freshman Bryce Young trying to become the full-time starter in Tuscaloosa. However, no matter who Nick Saban decides to roll out at quarterback, the stability and excellence on defense is what’s going to lead the way.
Standout linebacker Dylan Moses returns after missing all of last season (knee injury), Patrick Surtain Jr. is likely to be the first cornerback chosen in next year’s draft, plus Saban added a pair of five-star defensive ends among his top-tier recruiting class (Will Anderson, Chris Braswell).
Games against USC at Jerry’s World and Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium (both in September) set the stage for what could be a 12-0 regular season.
2019 Record: 12-2 (Won the Sugar Bowl)
Best Player: George Pickens, WR
Georgia playing Alabama on the road on September 19th is certainly one of the biggest college football games in 2020. If Georgia can pull off what would be a mild upset on the round, it’s more than likely Kirby Smart and his crew sail into the CFP.
The Bulldogs boast the #1 recruiting class in the country according to both 247sports and Rivals, not to mention bring back big-time playmaker George Pickens and a stable of high-caliber running backs.
Perhaps the only question that remains is which transfer QB Kirby will throw in the saddle.
Jamie Newman arrives from Wake Forest, JT Daniels comes over from USC, and both men are more than capable of leading the charge. It’ll be interesting to see how that battle develops.
2019 Record: 11-2 (Won the Orange Bowl)
Best Player: Kyle Pitts, TE
Dan Mullen won the Peach Bowl and the Orange Bowl during his first two seasons in Gainesville, and most think Florida will be even better in 2020. Kyle Trask has a chance to turn in a Heisman Trophy-worthy season thanks to his all-world tight end Kyle Pitts, and incoming freshman receivers Leonard Manuel (6’5”) and Ja’Quavion Fraziars (6’4”) should immediately turn into legitimate weapons.
Not only are the Gators going to be nipping at Georgia’s heels in the East Division, but Florida has a decent chance to win the SEC outright.
On top of not having to face Alabama, Auburn, or Texas A&M during league play, Florida AD Scott Stricklin made sure to couple only cupcakes early on in non-conference play (Eastern Washington, South Alabama). Before ending the year with a game against what may not be a very good Florida State squad, the Gators play at Vanderbilt and host Missouri and New Mexico State.
Is it just me, or does Dan Mullen have a red carpet rolled out to make it to the College Football Playoff?
Texas A&M Aggies
2019 Record: 9-4 (Won the Texas Bowl)
Best Player: Kellen Mond, QB
Jimbo Fisher has a lot of talent in place in College Station, but I’m not sure if +700 odds are appetizing enough to jump on Texas A&M in an SEC football prediction for 2020. Even if Kellen Mond balls out and the Aggies get through September and October unscathed, you couldn’t find a tougher two games to finish the year.
Texas A&M plays Alabama (on the road) and LSU on back-to-back Saturdays with a Thanksgiving feast sandwiched in between. It’s not to say a berth in the SEC Championship Game isn’t attainable, but it’s probably not very likely.
Mond throwing bombs to Demond Demas should be one of the more fascinating QB/QR combos to watch in 2020 as there might not be a more athletic incoming freshman in America. Check out the following Demond Demas highlights and see this kid in action for yourself.
2019 Record: 15-0 (Won the National Championship)
Best Player: Derek Stingley Jr., CB
Myles Brennan isn’t going to put up the video-game-like numbers Joe Burrow did in 2019, but it won’t be due to lack of having an explosive supporting cast. WR Ja’Marr Chase (2019 Biletnikoff Award winner) looks to be a surefire top-5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and Arik Gilbert is going to be a beast at the tight end.
The problem is it’s not easy to evaluate a team that saw 14 players get drafted (NFL record). Losing Joe Burrow and Joe Brady in the same offseason is one thing, but the Tigers had two linebackers, a wide receiver, and a running back all taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Navigating past the Longhorns on September 12th should be manageable, but that’s just the first of many roadblocks standing in Coach O’s way of winning his second consecutive SEC title. Aside from hosting Alabama on November 7th, LSU plays Florida, Auburn, and Texas A&M all on the road.
Who Will Win the SEC in 2020?
If you just close your eyes and I tell you Alabama is sitting at +175 to win the SEC, my guess is you become intrigued. Keep in mind, if you take away LSU’s unbelievable performance and the Tua Tagovailoa injury, we would have seen Alabama march their way into another CFP and possibly win the whole thing.
The more I study the value associated with investing in the Crimson Tide for your SEC football prediction in 2020, the more I love this college football futures bet.
I like Mac Jones and think he can do a fine job, and I’m genuinely captivated by Bryce Young. Either QB combined with Nick Saban’s leadership and the intensely motivated defense is enough for me to get on board Alabama winning the SEC in the upcoming season.
As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.
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