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The Alabama Crimson Tide has dominated the SEC since the conference ever came into existence. Their 27 overall conference titles are more than double the team with the second most (Tennessee), and linemakers at online sportsbooks expect Nick Saban’s squad to build upon that dominance in 2019-20. With Heisman Trophy hopeful Tua Tagovailoa once again under center to go along with uber talent surrounding him on both sides of the ball, Bama hit the board as -143 favorites to win the SEC a 28th time and be in line to win the program’s 18th national championship. The Georgia Bulldogs will no doubt have something to say about that with Kirby Smart’s kids representing the East Division in the SEC title game each of the last two seasons. Though it fell to the Tide in a thrilling rematch of the 2018 National Championship Game, the Dawgs (+250) are the betting market’s second-best choice to ultimately come out on top of the heavily-contested SEC this upcoming season.

SEC Championship Betting Odds

Alabama -143

Georgia +250

Florida +1200

LSU +1200

Auburn +2500

Mississippi State +2500

Kentucky +2800

Texas A&M +2800

Missouri +4000

South Carolina +8000

Tennessee +8000

Ole Miss +10000

Vanderbilt +10000

Arkansas +25000

Alabama needs no introduction. It’s currently looked upon as the powerhouse of college football regardless of the fact that it just got skunked by Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers in last season’s National Championship Game. There is never any rebuilding done in Tuscaloosa; not on Nick Saban’s watch! It’s more reloading than anything else with the best players in the country routinely making Bryant-Denny Stadium their home field. Early action on the SEC title odds has seen Alabama get some modest burn with the Crimson Tide now up to modest -155 favorites. Another successful run to Atlanta in hopes of representing the West Division in the title game once again will ultimately hinge on road trips to College Station to battle Texas A&M, Starkville to run with Mississippi State, and Jordan-Hare Stadium where the 84th installment of the Iron Bowl will take place against Auburn. Everyone else comes to Tuscaloosa where the Tide hasn’t lost a game since 2015 when Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss Rebels shocked the Tide as 9-point underdogs.

Successive appearances in the SEC title game lets it be known Georgia isn’t a team to be taken for granted anymore; not with Kirby Smart at the helm! The former Alabama defensive coordinator has completely put his stamp on the program. Now that there’s a sense of familiarity with what he wants done on both sides of the ball entering his fourth season overlooking the program, the Dawgs are looked upon as the team to beat in the East Division. Now that there isn’t any confusion as to who will be running the offense, Jake Fromm is in line for another huge season off throwing for nearly 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. Only seven players have shorter odds than he to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Road games at Tennessee, Florida and Auburn will go a long way in those that take a shot with him have a shot at cashing tickets at offshore sportsbooks.

Also expected to be in the mix for East Division supremacy are Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators. The squad went on to win 10 games in his first year at the helm to firmly put the Gators back on the collegiate football map. That six-win improvement over the previous season might have folks in Gainesville drinking the orange and blue Kool-Aid; but make no mistake about it, Florida will be a fun team to watch and wager upon all season with a number of components returning from the squad that thumped the Michigan Wolverines in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. In order for Florida to take that next step forward, it will all come down to the first Saturday of November when it looks to avenge a pair of one-sided defeats to the Georgia Bulldogs in the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” Win that game, hold serve at home and win a majority of their true road tilts against Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina and Missouri, and the possibility will be there for Florida to make its first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

While LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State each put forth solid campaigns a season ago, it’s tough to envision anyone but Alabama or Georgia representing both divisions in the 2019 SEC Championship game. The former because they more or less own the West and the latter because of its dominance since Smart made Athens his home. As much Florida will play a role in deciding how the title game ultimately shapes up, it just seems to be Bama and UGA’s time. Should that come to fruition, you can flip a coin at this point of the season to decide the victor. Either way, it will be another exhilarating matchup if the prior two are any indicator with the final margin of victory coming by way of an average of 5.0 points per game and an average of 56.0 points denting the scoreboard!

SEC Football Format

The SEC is cut into two divisions with seven teams apiece. When this conference was 12 teams, each team played against the five other teams in its division and three teams from the opposite division. Now that the conference is put in two seven-team divisions, every team plays one game against a "natural rival" from the opposite division that it plays every year, two games against rotating teams from the opposite division and six games against its division rivals.

The winner of the SEC East and SEC West play against each other in the SEC Championship Game, a game that has been contested since 1992 and has been in Atlanta since 1994. Since 2017, the game has been played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA marking the first time since '93 it was played somewhere else aside from the Georgia Dome.

Major bowls affiliated with the SEC include the Sugar and Orange Bowls. Other bowl games with SEC tie-ins through 2019 include the Citrus Bowl, Outback Bowl, Belk Bowl, Texas Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, Birmingham Bowl and Independence Bowl.

List of SEC Conference Champions

2018 Alabama Georgia Alabama
2017 Georgia Georgia Auburn
2016 Alabama Florida Alabama
2015 Alabama Florida Alabama
2014 Alabama Missouri Alabama
2013 Auburn Missouri Auburn
2012 Alabama Georgia Alabama
2011 LSU Georgia LSU
2010 Auburn South Carolina Auburn
2009 Alabama Florida Alabama
2008 Florida Florida Alabama
2007 LSU Tennessee LSU
2006 Florida Florida Arkansas
2005 Georgia Georgia LSU
2004 Auburn Tennessee Auburn
2003 LSU Georgia LSU
2002 Georgia Georgia Arkansas
2001 LSU Tennessee LSU
2000 Florida Florida Auburn
1999 Alabama Florida Alabama
1998 Tennessee Tennessee Mississippi State
1997 Tennessee Tennessee Auburn
1996 Florida Florida Alabama

*Florida vacated the Pac-10 title in 2004 and 2005

It's amazing to think that four of the 14 teams in the SEC have never played in the SEC Championship Game. Texas A&M, a member for just the last handful of seasons, has a bit of an excuse; charter members like Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are a different story. Only six teams have ever won the SEC Championship Game: Florida (7), Alabama (8), LSU (4), Auburn (3), Georgia (3) and Tennessee (2).

The SEC West had won eight straight editions of the SEC Championship Game until Georgia halted that streak in 2017. The East, though, was the dominant division during the days of Steve Spurrier roaming the sidelines in Gainesville. The Gators won four straight SEC Championship Games from 1993 through 1996, a mark only exceeded by Bear Bryant's Alabama teams who captured the SEC title from 1971 through 1975. Alabama avenged the division’s loss by taking those same Bulldogs out the following year in a thrilling 35-28 shootout.

Most SEC Conference Championships

27 Alabama 2016
13 Tennessee 1998
13 Georgia 2005
11 LSU 2011
8 Florida 2008
8 Auburn 2013
6 Ole Miss 1963
5 Georgia Tech* 1952
3 Tulane* 1949
2 Kentucky 1976
1 Mississippi State 1941
0 Arkansas ---
0 Missouri ---
0 South Carolina ---
0 Texas A&M ---
0 Vanderbilt ---

* No longer a conference member

If we're being honest, no one is ever running down Alabama for the most titles in SEC history. The Crimson Tide has 27 championships and easily the best program active in the conference. No one else has anywhere near as strong of a program as the one Nick Saban has built, and even if they did, the next closest competitor is Tennessee. The Volunteers have won 13 SEC titles, but none since 1998 when Phil Fulmer was coaching the team.

Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are all amongst the members who have never won the SEC. Texas A&M and Vandy are the only ones who never won at least a share of a division title. Kentucky has never won the SEC East, though it should be noted that it won this conference twice; once back in 1950 then again in a split title in 1976.

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