NCAA Football - Southeast Conference Against the Spread

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Posted by CAPPERSMALL STAFF on 08.15.2008

The Southeast football conference is generally considered by football experts to be the top overall conference in college football. From top to bottom they can compete and they have several strong teams that can play at the National Championship level. The SEC often beats themselves up and might not finish with a perfect record like most other conferences.

Georgia and Florida are both 2-1 favorites to win the SEC in 2008. Bookmaker.com has Auburn at 2.5-1, LSU 4-1 and Alabama at 8-1.

The SEC went 7-2 in Bowl games last year. Arkansas and Florida who was on a down year lost while Mississippi State, Alabama, Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia and LSU all won their bowl games.

Against the spread is a different matter as the oddsmakers inflate the lines of some teams of the SEC because of the respect factor so pick your spots. Georgia, Florida and Tennessee all had good records against the spread while Alabama was a great fade, only covering 3 of 11 games. Here is the 2007 ATS records of all the SEC teams. The first column is SU victories with everything else against the point spread.

TEAM SU ATS HOME AWAY FAV DOG O/U
LSU 12-2 5-7-2 4-4-1 1-3-1 5-7-2 0-0 10-4
Georgia 11-2 8-4 5-2 3-2 6-3 2-1 5-7
Tennessee 10-4 8-4-2 6-1-1 2-3-1 6-2-1 2-2-1 7-7
Florida 9-4 8-4 5-3 3-1 7-4 1-0 9-3
Auburn 9-4 7-5 3-4 4-1 3-4 4-1 4-8
Mississippi State 8-5 6-6 2-4 4-2 1-2 5-4 5-7
Kentucky 8-5 7-5 5-3 2-2 3-2 3-3 7-5
Arkansas 8-5 7-5 4-3 3-2 5-4 2-1 8-4
Alabama 7-6 3-8-1 2-4-1 1-4 2-6 1-2-1 6-6
South Carolina 6-6 5-5-1 3-3 2-2-1 2-3 3-2-1 4-7
Vanderbilt 5-7 5-6 3-4 2-2 2-2 3-4 2-9
Mississippi 3-9 6-5 4-2 2-3 1-1 5-4 4-7

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