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SEC Football Betting Guide & Tips

SEC Football Betting Guide & Tips
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Even if a team from another conference wins the national championship, everyone in college football is still chasing the SEC. The annual revenue, the television contracts, the combined attendance, the number of programs selected for bowl games—the SEC still sets the standard.

Its position at the top of the college football food chain also makes the league irresistible to fans of college football betting, so here are tips and information to help you make the best choices when wagering on the nation’s premier conference.

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SEC Football Odds 2019

TeamOdds
Alabama-150View All Odds
Georgia+250View All Odds
LSU+1300View All Odds
Florida+1200View All Odds
Auburn+2200View All Odds
Mississippi State+2500View All Odds
Kentucky+3000View All Odds
Texas A&M+3000View All Odds
Missouri+4000View All Odds
South Carolina+7500View All Odds
Tennessee+8000View All Odds
Ole Miss+10000View All Odds
Vanderbilt+20000View All Odds
Arkansas+25000View All Odds

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How to Bet on SEC Football

Like every conference, the SEC has certain characteristics that set it apart, and that bettors need to take into account when considering weekend wagers. Here are five tips to keep in mind:

1. It’s Alabama and Everyone Else

The Crimson Tide may have lost to Clemson in two of three national championship games from 2017-19, but that hasn’t dulled Alabama’s dominance over the rest of the league.

Entering the 2019 season, the Tide have won four of the past five SEC titles, and hasn’t lost more than one game in conference play since 2010. Moneyline betting on Alabama opponents may appear tempting, but don’t be fooled. As history indicates, the Tide rarely loses to league opponents straight up.

2. Careful Against the Spread

And yet, the dominance of Alabama and the few other elite programs in the SEC doesn’t always translate to wins in point spread betting. The lines involving Alabama and Georgia even LSU can often be ridiculously large, and these aren’t the kind of programs that will pour it on once the game is in hand; they’re more likely to put in third-stringers to keep their stars from getting hurt.

3. Feast on the Fat Middle

The real competition in the SEC is found a level below national title contenders such as Alabama and Georgia, and in the league’s fat middle class.

You have a lot of programs, such as Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida and Auburn, who are roughly on the same level and beating up on one another in an effort to get to better bowl games.

Contests involving these teams comprise the bulk of the SEC schedule, and they often feature narrower lines and more realistic moneyline options (especially for road teams) than those pitting the programs at the top of the league.

4. Watch the Over/Under

While the SEC isn’t exactly known for producing high-flying offenses, it does features a few dominant teams that can roll up points on opponents, and a handful of others with strong quarterbacks and very capable passing attacks.

That translates in over/under betting into a fairly reliable rate of going over the total for elite squads such as Alabama, Georgia and LSU, as well as mid-tier teams with strong offenses. But if a team relies more heavily on the ground game, the under is often the better bet.

5. Home Field is No Advantage

The SEC has some of the biggest, loudest stadiums in America, and fans love to get caught up on how intimidating some places are to play. Don’t buy it. SEC teams play in tough environments every other week, and they get used to it.

Casual bettors routinely overestimate the importance of home-field advantage, which from a point spread perspective isn’t much of an advantage at all. LSU’s Death Valley is as crazy as it gets, yet the Tigers were just 4-4 ATS at home in 2018.


The SEC Football Championship game debuted in 1992 and has been the model for other conferences.
The SEC Football Championship game debuted in 1992 and has been the model for other conferences.

SEC Football Championship Betting

The SEC Championship has been the model other leagues have followed since its debut in 1992. Unchanged save for a move from Birmingham, Ala., to Atlanta in 1994, it pits the winners of the league’s Eastern and Western divisions.

Alabama and Florida have made the most appearances with 12 each, and the Crimson Tide have the most wins with eight. Bettors have their pick of standard spread, moneyline and over/under wagers, with some books offering props due to the special nature of the event.

In the first 27 years, favorites and underdogs have each won 13 times with one push, while the game has gone over 17 times—including nine of the last 10—and under 10.

SEC Football Championship Game FAQs

  • When is the 2019 SEC Championship Game? The 2019 SEC Championship is Dec. 7, 2019.
  • Where is the 2019 SEC Championship? The 2019 SEC Championship is at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Where can I watch the SEC Football Championship? You can watch the SEC Football Championship on CBS.
  • Can I bet on the SEC Championship Game? Yes, you can bet on the SEC Championship Game if you live in one of the states that has legalized sports betting.
  • What is the last SEC football team to win the national title? The last SEC team to win the national title is Alabama in 2017.
  • Who is the favorite to win the SEC? The favorite to win the SEC is Alabama with odds of -150.

Recent SEC Football Championship Game Results

YearWinnerLoserScoreLineO/U
2018AlabamaGeorgia35-28ALA -1163
2017GeorgiaAuburn28-7AUB -2.549
2016AlabamaFlorida54-16ALA -2441
2015AlabamaFlorida29-15ALA -1739.5
2014AlabamaMissouri42-13ALA -14.549
2013AuburnMissouri59-42AUB -258
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