As the dog days of the offseason approach and fans are left yearning for college football to return, speculation reigns supreme. Fortunately for fans, the Las Vegas sports books are at your service.
Vegas sports book CG Technology last week released odds on 2017 regular-season win totals for nearly 50 college football teams, including most in the SEC. SEC reporters Edward Aschoff and Sam Khan Jr. take a look at the SEC East team totals and give their take on whether those teams will go over or under.
Note: Win totals are for the 12-game regular season only (excluding any conference championship games, bowl games or playoff games). CG Technology did not offer a win total for Vanderbilt.
Aschoff: Games against Michigan and Florida State complicate things, but consider that FSU, Tennessee, LSU and Texas A&M are all in the Swamp. Combining Feleipe Franks’ arm with that talented receiver group should make this offense more fun to watch. OVER
Khan: The nonconference schedule, with two ranked teams in it, makes surpassing this number a challenge. The Gators have to at least split Michigan and FSU, and beating Tennessee in September would help, too. If Franks is as good as advertised, I think they can pull it off. OVER
Aschoff: I like this Bulldogs team, even if it still needs help at receiver and along the offensive line. Jacob Eason should be even better at quarterback, and you have to like a top-five SEC defense that returns 10 starters. OVER
Khan: Having Nick Chubb and Sony Michel back is huge. If Jacob Eason has a good sophomore season, and the Bulldogs enter camp with a healthy Trenton Thompson, they should be in good shape to take a step forward. OVER
Aschoff: This is arguably the most talented team Mark Stoops has had at Kentucky. Sure, the quarterback position took some lumps with Stephen Johnson’s spring game performance, but there are plenty of offensive weapons, and that defense is only getting better. OVER
Khan: Plenty of returning talent (eight starters back on offense, nine on defense) means the Wildcats should go bowling again. They should be able to match last year’s win total of seven. OVER
Aschoff: There’s just no way this defense will be as bad as it was last year. A new system will go a long way, but it’s still an uphill battle. The defensive line is a major question, as is the secondary. Improvement will come, but so will more lumps. UNDER
Khan: With virtually the entire offense back, I think this team definitely goes bowling. But I’m not ready to go beyond that. There’s still much work to do defensively and so many new faces up front. I think six wins is about what to expect. UNDER
South Carolina: 5.5
Aschoff: Will Muschamp surprised everyone with a bowl berth in his first year at South Carolina. He has a star quarterback and some legitimate receiver weapons. That defense isn’t great, but it’ll make some positive strides in 2017. OVER
Khan: A talented young backfield with Jake Bentley and Rico Dowdle have this team moving in the right direction offensively. Muschamp is concerned about defensive depth, but having senior leader Skai Moore back will help the Gamecocks go bowling again. OVER
Aschoff: No one will be picking this Tennessee team to win the East, but there could be positive surprises along the way. Losing Joshua Dobbs and not having a true, go-to receiver hurts, but that defense should be much better than what we saw in November. OVER
Khan: They have quality young QBs competing for Josh Dobbs’ old job (Jarrett Guarantano and Quinten Dormady) and a favorable schedule in the first half of the year. There are key defensive pieces to replace, but Butch Jones and staff have continually stocked the roster talent through good recruiting. Look for them to improve on their .500 conference record from last season. OVER