The Georgia Bulldogs won the SEC’s Eastern Division with a 7-1 record in conference play last season, and they’re pegged as the favorite on the college football odds at Bovada to represent their division in the SEC Championship Game once again in 2012.
On the odds at Bovada the Bulldogs sit at 5/4 to win the SEC East and make it to the conference title game – where they’d be looking for a much better result after getting thumped by LSU 42-10 in that contest last year.
Georgia, which went 10-4 overall and 8-6 against the spread for college football bettors in 2011, is also listed at 5/1 to win the SEC in 2012, and at 16/1 to claim the national title.
South Carolina came up just short in the SEC East division race last year, ending up with a 6-2 record in conference play and 11-2 overall (7-6 against the spread). The Gamecocks did manage to beat Georgia 45-42 in the regular season last year, but they’ll need a full return to health by star RBMarcus Lattimore – who is coming off a serious knee injury.
South Carolina sits at 11/4 odds to win the SEC East, putting them just ahead of 7/2 Florida on that list. The Gators went 7-6 overall but just 3-5 against SEC teams last season, and they were a poor option for college football bettors at 4-8-1 ATS in 2011.
Tennessee then sits at 12/1 to win the SEC East at Bovada, with conference newcomer Missouri at 14/1, Vanderbilt at 20/1, and Kentucky the long shot on the list at 50/1 odds.
Overall, it’s South Carolina at 11/1 odds to win the SEC, with Florida at 12/1, Tennessee at 35/1, Missouri at 40/1, Vanderbilt at 100/1, and Kentucky back at 200/1. All of the SEC East teams trail the West’s Alabama (2/1) and LSU (5/2) on that conference odds list.
On the first AP Top 25 poll of the season – which was released over the weekend – Georgia was listed at No. 6, with South Carolina at No. 9, and Florida at No. 23.