2021 SEC Football Predictions: College Football Betting Picks

August 31, 2021

The SEC is the best conference in all of college football, with at least one legitimate national championship contender to be found in each season. This year, the usual suspects are back at the top of the league, as the rest of the pack will try and catch up to them. Can anyone stop Alabama and Georgia from playing for the SEC title, and will multiple SEC teams make the College Football Playoff? Our college football picks provide our thoughts on those questions and more.

2021 SEC Championship Odds

Heading into the college football season, the odds to win the SEC Championship Game favor the Alabama Crimson Tide. The defending conference champions are the only team not at plus money to finish at the top of the heap when all is said and done. Here is the complete list of odds to win the SEC in the 2021 college football season.

TeamOdds to win SEC
Alabama-165
Georgia+200
Texas A&M+1100
Florida+1600
LSU+1800
Ole Miss+2500
Auburn+3000
Missouri+4500
Kentucky+5500
Tennessee+7500
Mississippi State+10000
Arkansas+13000
South Carolina+20000
Vanderbilt+50000

Key SEC Football Storylines

Are we destined for Alabama vs Georgia final?

The biggest storyline heading into the SEC football season is whether or not we are going to get another conference title game between Alabama and Georgia. After Florida made the championship game by winning the SEC East, Georgia is the odds-on favorite to win that division in 2021. Their recent conference title games against Alabama have been nail biters for the most part, and another one would be the preferred outcome for most college football fans.

Georgia is led into this season by JT Daniels, who spent time at USC before moving to the SEC. He is one of the Heisman front-runners heading into the season, and could be the best quarterback this era of Georgia football has enjoyed. Alabama, meanwhile, will have a new quarterback in Bryce Young, who is also expected to make an instant impact as a top-four preseason Heisman candidate.

Who will push the favorites?

If anyone is going to prevent Alabama and Georgia from getting to the SEC title game, it will take a herculean effort from one of the other teams in the conference. Florida in the East and Texas A&M in the West are thought to be the best chances to upset the order of things in either division. But it doesn’t seem likely heading into the season that the Crimson Tide or Bulldogs will be taken down from their pedestal at the top of their division.

Can the bad teams show some life?

While the SEC is the best conference in college football, it does also have some of the worst Power 5 teams in the sport as well. Teams like Vanderbilt and South Carolina are expected to be terrible this year, with Vanderbilt being one of the worst teams in the country regardless of conference on a consistent basis. While those teams are expected to get destroyed by the elites in this conference, if they can put up a fight they may be able to play the role of spoiler to some.

2021 SEC Football Predictions

Alabama Will Win Again

Once again, the SEC football season is going to end with the Alabama Crimson Tide coming away with the conference title. They should get stronger as the season goes on as their quarterback gets his legs under him. And with an elite defense and running game, the Tide should be able to cover for his shortcomings early in the season. Expect the Tide to roll to another conference championship.

Only One Playoff Team

While it is always possible that the SEC gets two teams into the College Football Playoff, they are only going to get one team in this year. Georgia starts its season with Clemson, and has to beat Alabama to win the conference. That sets the Bulldogs up for more than one potential loss this year, which would bump them out of playoff contention unless they were to upset one of the two giants of the sport.

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Jay Sanin
Jay Sanin is a sports writer and broadcaster from Albany, NY. He has covered sports betting and the gambling industry since 2013.