The Southeastern Conference has five major players in the future odds to win the 2015 National Championship Game, but there’s still a lot of football to be played in hopes of reaching the inaugural playoff.
Auburn Tigers (+550)
The Tigers have averaged 43.0 points and 514.7 total yards over the course of their current nine-game win streak against SEC opponents, which is the biggest reason why the school is the college football odds favorite to win it all heading into Week 7.
Auburn faces a massive challenge as a short three-point road favorite against Mississippi State Saturday, while it also has to travel away from Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama.
Second-year head coach Gus Malzahn has this program on the rise, especially after orchestrating the biggest turnaround in the country a year ago.
Georgia Bulldogs (+800)
A very surprising number for a team that had to replace a four-year starter under center, but the Bulldogs are averaging 45.0 points per game without Aaron Murray, as they possess a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate at running back.
Todd Gurley is gaining 8.2 yards per carry through five games, while he’s also managed to hit pay dirt eight times.
Fifth-year senior quarterback Hutson Mason hasn’t been asked to do much in the early going this year, but will have to make some plays on the road against Missouri and Arkansas the next two weeks.
Alabama Crimson Tide (+1000)
If you’ve been waiting to get behind the Crimson Tide to win another national title—now’s the time to get involved after they suffered a 23-17 defeat to the Ole Miss Rebels despite winning the statistical battle by 73 yards.
Alabama hasn’t dropped two regular season games in the same year since 2010, while it also can’t wait to avenge last year’s loss against Auburn on Nov. 29.
Head coach Nick Saban is already preaching to his locker room that all of its goals are still in front of it, which makes this squad deserving of a long look at this price.
Ole Miss Rebels (+1200)
It’s clear that sports books have more exposure on Alabama winning it all than this program, considering Ole Miss just took care of business in that matchup with ESPN’s College GameDay in Oxford.
The Rebels are a legitimate contender to earn one of four spots in the upcoming college football playoff, as their first-team defense has surrendered just a single touchdown through five games.
Even though Bo Wallace is the SEC’s active leader in most passing categories—I’m still a little cautious in backing him at this point.
Mississippi State Bulldogs (+1500)
When selecting your college football picks keep in mind the Bulldogs are still a bit overvalued in the marketplace despite defeating two top-10 teams in the same season for the first time in school history, as two of their last three games are on the road against Alabama and Mississippi.
Dak Prescott and Auburn’s Nick Marshall are two of the more dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, which is why this week’s game at Davis Wade Stadium is the most important one in shaping the conference.
Texas A&M Aggies (+4500)
LSU Tigers (+6600)
Missouri Tigers (+10000)
Florida Gators (+12500)
Odds courtesy of 5Dimes