Most consider the SEC the most important college football conference in the nation. The best coaches, top players, and top programs exist in the Southeastern Conference, which is why it’s not too early for us to consider what might happen in the SEC this season. Check out five fearless predictions for college football’s most dominant conference so you can place your bets against the NCAAF Odds.
Fearless College Football Betting Predictions for SEC
2022 NCAA Division I College Football Season
- When: August 27, 2022 – Dec. 10, 2022
Florida will upset Georgia and win the SEC East
It doesn’t get more fearless than this. Florida has a new head coach in Billy Napier and Georgia won the National Championship.
So why would anyone believe the Gators have a shot to upset the Dawgs and win the SEC East? As great as UGA was in 2021, few teams, ask Clemson, can overcome losing as many superstar defenders and winning as Georgia will have to overcome.
Five defensive players from Georgia’s title winning team went in the NFL Draft’s first-round. That’s more than half of UGA’s starting eleven. All told, Georgia lost eight starters from their defense.
Napier is a brilliant coach. Florida has a real shot of beating UGA for the SEC East.
Auburn loses at least six SEC games
Maybe, we should call Auburn the freak out city SEC team. No “top program” has gone through as many head coaches as the Auburn Tigers in the past decade.
It’s difficult for any great college coach to create a consistent program without getting buy-in from the university’s administration. So the fact there’s a rumor Bryan Harsin is on the hot seat shouldn’t surprise anybody.
Harsin may lose his job after this season. Auburn must play Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama on the road. The home SEC schedule includes LSU, Texas A&M, Mizzou and Arkansas.
Auburn isn’t a lock to win any of those games. Even beating Missouri could be tough.
LSU will finish fifth in the SEC West
How many times has a superstar head coach decided to take an SEC job only to fail miserably? Brian Kelly put together some seriously talented teams while at Notre Dame.
But South Bend is different than Baton Rouge. If you don’t know how to recruit against Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M and Nick Saban at Alabama, you’re toast.
It’s strange that LSU didn’t go for someone with SEC experience. Ed Orgeron did a great job recruiting while at Louisiana State. So LSU won’t be the worst team in the SEC West.
But Alabama and Texas A&M own the division. Then after those two teams, Arkansas and Ole Miss will be in line for third and fourth. If Kelly is lucky, the Fighting Tigers will beat Mississippi State for fifth place. If he isn’t, LSU will finish sixth or seventh depending on how bad Auburn is.
Alabama goes undefeated in SEC play
It doesn’t sound like a bold prediction, right? Oh, but it is. Alabama lost both starting wide receivers, Jameson Williams and John Metchie III, their top offensive lineman, Evan Neal, and, as always, other top talent to the NFL.
Not only that, but Bama must travel to Arkansas, LSU, and Ole Miss. Alabama hosts Auburn, always a tough game, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State. The only easy SEC game on the schedule is versus Vanderbilt. So, yes, it’s a bold prediction to say Bama goes undefeated in SEC play.
Texas A&M and Bama both make the College Football Playoff
How can two SEC teams from the same division make the College Football Playoff? Easy.
Alabama runs the table, including beating Florida in the SEC Championship, and Texas A&M loses a single game during the regular season. So who beats A&M?
Yep, Alabama. If that happens, and the loss to Bama is close, both the Crimson Tide and the Aggies will make the College Football Playoff.