There is little doubt that the SEC is currently the strongest conference in college football. The conference is absolutely loaded with high quality football teams. Last year, I won 70% of my college football picks, crushing the books and helping my customers cash in big. I will be making college football picks all year long once again, so be sure to follow this page closely to bring in the cash. Let’s take a look at how I think things will fall in both the SEC West and the SEC East in 2010. I have included college football odds for each team to win the division, as listed by 5dimes. Here is how I expect things to look.
SEC East Predictions:
- Florida Gators (-185)- It would be easy to think that the Gators will be down quite a bit after losing Tim Tebow as well as their defensive leaders, but this team is stacked with young talent. Urban Meyer has proven he can consistently get his team to perform at a high level. John Brantley will be great at quarterback and this defense will still fly around the field and stuff the opponent.
- Georgia Bulldogs (+275)- The Bulldogs have been disappointing in the last couple of years and Mark Richt’s is starting to catch some heat. Georgia has had serious trouble with turnovers, and inconsistency at the quarterback position. This group is too deep to rank them below any of the others in the weak SEC East.
- South Carolina Gamecocks (+800)- I think the Gamecocks have a chance to get to second in the league, but they seem to always disappoint of late. The defense will be very solid, especially in the secondary. If the offensive line puts it together the offense could be impressive. The line had terrible problems in 2009 and I suspect they will be a weakness again in 2010.
- Kentucky Wildcats (+2800)- The Joker Phillips era will begin this year, and the Wildcats should be improved on the defensive side of the football. The Wildcats have some play makers at the skill positions on offense, so they could surprise one of the better teams in the league.
- Tennessee Volunteers (+1400)- Derek Dooley absolutely has an extremely tough job in 2010. The Volunteers just aren’t that good, and the schedule is brutal. Dooley should do fine at Tennessee, but this year won’t be the year to judge how well he is doing. I think this team will have serious trouble making it to the post season this year.
- Vanderbilt Commodores (+8000)- Vanderbilt is way behind the rest of the SEC at this point. The offense is just brutally bad. Their head coach quit a couple weeks ago, so the team is in disarray at this point. This will be a very long season for the Commodores.
SEC West Predictions:
- Alabama Crimson Tide (-165)- The Crimson Tide are #1 in almost all of the preseason polls because of the depth they have all over the field. Nick Saban is as good of a recruiter as there is, and Mark Ingram will still be carrying the football. I believe this team will lose a game or two, but I still think they are the best team in the SEC West.
- Arkansas Razorbacks (+575)- Ryan Mallett is a quarterback with excellent tools that could sneak into the Heisman race this year. If the Arkansas defense is able to hold its own, this is a team that could do some serious damage. I fully expect this to be one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. The showdown against Alabama will be a great game.
- LSU Tigers (+675)- The Tigers of LSU lost quite a few players, but I still expect the defense to be solid. Death Valley provides a great home field advantage for the Tigers, and I think that will help them in several games this year. The passing offense needs to improve for them to beat the best in the conference.
- Auburn Tigers (+675)- The Auburn offense will be one of the best in the league, but the defense is the reason I only put them at fourth. Gene Chizik is doing a great job here thus far, and the Tigers could beat anyone on their schedule, but a defense that gives up yardage the way they do isn’t a formula for success in the SEC.
- Mississippi (+1900)- Houston Nutt’s team didn’t meet expectations a year ago, and they lost a ton of talent from their 2009 roster. The youngsters here will help the team improve in the coming years, but I expect a down year for the Rebels.
- Mississippi State (+3000)- Dan Mullen is doing an excellent job at Mississippi State, but this won’t be a good year for them. Losing a back like Anthony Dixon will hurt any program, especially one that isn’t particularly deep. The schedule is also one of the toughest in the nation.
There are your SEC football predictions for 2010. This conference will definitely provide us with plenty of great football this year. Keep it here for college football picks that will make you money all year long!