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College Football Conference Preview: SEC

By Max Sacco
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young throws a pass in the second half the Cotton Bowl Classic in the College Football Playoff national semifinal Dec. 31, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
© Albert Cesare / USA TODAY NETWORK

Our football previews continue as we head down south to the SEC. With two surefire favorites, is there room for an upset, well you can read below to find out how to bet the SEC.

FAVORITE: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (-177)

The crown jewel of college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide are favorites once again to win the SEC. Headlined by the return of Heisman winning quarterback Bryce Young and top receivers Ja’Corey Brooks and transfer Jermaine Burton, the Crimson Tide have kept their pieces together on offense. While they did lose some talent on defense, they made up with the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation, headlined by the No. 1 edge rusher Jeremiah Alexander and No. 2 edge rusher Jihaad Campbell. 

The college football world will be at a standstill on October 8th when the Crimson Tide and Texas A&M take the field, but a win there would solidify Alabama not only as the SEC Champion, but National Champion as well. It’s hard to bet against Alabama and this year is no different. 

DARK HORSE: GEORGIA BULLDOGS (+155)

Calling someone a dark horse with +155 odds is strange, but when you play in a conference with Alabama, it makes any team appear as a dark horse, even the defending National Champion. Georgia has the easier division schedule, and the team still retains a lot of their weapons. Tight End Brock Bowers comes back after setting the UGA record for touchdown passes caught in a season with 13. 

On defense, Georgia saw three of their starting defensive linemen get drafted, but the No. 3 recruiting class headlined by the No. 4 overall prospect, defensive end Mykel Williams, can result in an instant impact. Kelee Ringo and Christopher Smith, two of their top defensive backs also return to the team as well. Kirby Smart continues to lead a top Bulldogs team and after getting the last laugh against Alabama last year in the National Championship, Smart will look to give Georgia its first back-to-back championship ever. 

LONG SHOT: ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (+6000)

You want a long shot, well here at DRF we will give you a true longshot with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas had some surprises last year, including an upset of then No. 7 Texas A&M 20-10 and No. 15 Texas 40-21, but also some embarrassing losses. Most notably a 37-0 loss against No. 2 Georgia and a 38-23 shocker against unranked Auburn. 

Still the Razorbacks have a lot of youth, especially with the receiver corps with Ketron Jackson and transfer Matt Landers. Behind center, QB KJ Jefferson will look to build off a strong campaign from last season, but will need to be more consistent especially in close games. Arkansas is a young team with players continuing to grow, if the growing pains occurred last season, which it looks like they have, Arkansas may have a shot to explode on the scene and shock the SEC and college football world. 

The clock continues to get closer to the college football season starting, so keep reading each week at DRF to get your best insights. Next week ,we remain in the south and look at the Big 12. 

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