College Football Odds: Positives & Negatives For Each SEC Team

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:30 PM GMT

Earlier this week we passed that 100-day deadline until the start of the 2015 college football season. Here is a positive and negative for each SEC team heading into the summer with odds to win the conference.

 

Alabama (+260)
Positive: The Tide still have clearly the most talent in the nation with yet another top-rated recruiting class under Nick Saban. They also have a legitimate Heisman candidate in running back Derrick Henry.

Negative: Who is the quarterback? Now that Everett Golson for sure isn't headed to Tuscaloosa, it appears to be Jacob Coker's job to lose. That is if Ohio State's Braxton Miller doesn't change his mind about transferring.

 

Auburn (+330)
Positive:
The defense can only get better than last year's terrible unit. New coordinator Will Muschamp is one of the best in the business on that side of the ball. The Tigers also welcome the No. 1 overall defensive recruit in end Byron Cowart. Eight starters are back on that side of the ball.

Negative: Losing quarterback Nick Marshall, top running back Cameron Artis-Payne (1,608 yards 13 TDs) and big-play receiver Sammie Coates (21.8 ypc).

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Georgia (+450)
Positive:
Maybe the best backfield in the nation -- after losing Todd Gurley -- in Heisman candidate Nick Chubb and mega-talented backup Sony Michel. Gurley, amazingly, won't be missed.

Negative: Still don't know who the quarterback is and the Dawgs also have to break in new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer after spending the last 15 seasons in the NFL.

 

Mississippi (+700 college football odds)
Positive:
Three potential 2016 first-round picks in receiver Laquon Treadwell, left tackle Laremy Tunsil -- both are coming off serious injuries -- and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche. They each have the chance to be the best at their position in college football this season.

Negative: Like much of the SEC, who plays quarterback? It appears that JuCo transfer and former Clemson QB Chad Kelly is the favorite to replace Bo Wallace. No decision will be made until fall camp.

 

LSU (+800)
Positive:
An amazing talent at running back in Leonard Fournette, who really showed what he could do in the bowl game loss to Notre Dame. As a true freshman, Fournette ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score.

Negative: This will be a trend in the SEC. Quarterback. Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings both struggled when on the field in 2014 but it's those two battling again barring a surprising transfer (Miller?).

 

Tennessee (+900)
Positive:
The Vols lead the SEC with 18 returning starters, including 10 on offense. They don't  have any quarterback questions with Joshua Dobbs, who came on late last season once he took over.

Negative: Vols actually have expectations for the first time in several seasons and may not be quite ready to handle them. They didn't beat anyone of note last year with a best win over South Carolina, which was down in 2014.

This capper also previews the Big Ten chances to win the conference

Arkansas (+1000)
Positive:
The Hogs can certainly argue that they have the country's best backfield in Jonathan Williams (1,190 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Alex Collins (1,100 yards, 12 TDs).

Negative: Can the Razorbacks finally win a close game? They are 0-7 under Coach Bret Bielema in games decided by a touchdown or less.

 

Mississippi State (+1400)
Positive:
The best returning quarterback in the nation in Dak Prescott. He broke just about every school record in 2014, throwing for 3,449 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 986 yards and 14 scores. He's an early Heisman favorite.

Negative: SEC-low nine starters back overall.

 

Missouri (+1400)
Positive:
The Tigers are two-time SEC East champions and return quarterback Maty Mauk and running back Russell Hansbrough.

Negative: Some significant losses on defense, including coordinator Dave Steckel (head coach at Missouri State), All-SEC ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray and star safety Braylon Webb, all now on NFL teams.

 

Texas A&M (+1600)
Positive:
The defense has been a problem the past few seasons but the Aggies were able to lure one of the best coordinators in the nation in LSU's John Chavis.

Negative: The Aggies had the SEC’s worst run defense in each of the past two seasons and there's only so much Chavis can do. Also, has the SEC figured out Kevin Sumlin's offense?

 

Florida (+2000)
Positive:
The offense can't possibly be more inept than it was in Muschamp's final season in 2015. New head coach Jim McElwain is an offensive guy and knows the SEC from his Alabama coordinator days.

Negative: Florida hasn’t averaged more than 186 passing yards per game in a season since 2009 and still doesn't know whether Treon Harris or freshman Will Grier will start at QB.

 

South Carolina (+2500)
Positive:
Eight starters back on defense and Coach Steve Spurrier rarely has two down seasons in a row.

Negative: The offense must replace quarterback Dylan Thompson, running back Mike Davis and the top two players on the line – tackle Corey Robinson and guard A.J. Cann.

 

Kentucky (+7500)
Positive:
The offense should be more exciting under new coordinator Shannon Dawson, a disciple of Hal Mumme’s Air Raid offense. Patrick Towles showed some signs at QB last season.

Negative: UK lost its best two defenders from last year in Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, who combined for 25 sacks.

 

Vanderbilt (+10000)
Positive:
The best school academically in the SEC.

Negative:  The 2014 Commodores finished winless in SEC play for the first time since 2009 and averaged a ghastly 12.8 points in conference games. Oh, and the defense allowed 35.4 points in SEC games.