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Here is the 2021 CFB betting guide preview for the SEC.
FAVORITES: ALABAMA and FLORIDA
We’re not going too far out on a limb to project Alabama as one of the favorites. Though most Southeastern Conference insiders suspect that not even the Nick Saban assembly line of talent will be able to seamlessly replace all the offensive talent that migrated to the NFL, including QB Mac Jones, two wideouts in Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle and running back Najee Harris, all drafted in the first round. Also gone is offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, now the head coach at Texas. But the Crimson Tide doesn’t have to score 48 points a game again to be formidable, and blue-chippers abound, led by five-star sophomore QB Bryce Young, who is capable of picking up where Jones left off. The defense might be the highlight of this Tide edition. Meanwhile, Georgia is getting lots of love from SEC East pundits, but we slightly prefer Florida. Dan Mullen understands offense better than Kirby Smart, and the Gators were in contention for national honors until late last season when a spate of injuries thinned the ranks. After Mullen finally got over the hump against Smart last year, Florida wears the bull’s-eye until further notice in the non-Bama half of the league.
LIVE DOG: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Rewind to 2013, Mike Leach’s second year at Washington State. All of a sudden, things began to click for the Cougars’ Air Raid offense, and the squad became a force in the Pac-12 and a bowl team for the first time in a decade. Mississippi State hasn’t had that kind of drought — in fact, the Bulldogs got into a bowl game last year at 3-7 because of COVID-19 weirdness — but a similar breakthrough in Starkville wouldn’t surprise.