NCAA football betting handicappers again expect the Crimson Tide to dominate the SEC West Division but there are some potential college football gambling sleepers.
Alabama has become one of the most profitable teams on the board as they have gone 18-9 with the NCAA odds the past two years and have not last a regular season game during that span.
Alabama will again have to prove that they are a program that reloads instead of rebuilds this year as they lost 9 starters from their powerhouse defense that took them to the 2009 BCS Championship. Recruiting has been phenomenal, however, as head coach Nick Saban continues to reel in top ranked classes so there is plenty of talent to step in.
Keep in mind that last year the Tide had only 4 starters return on offense and yet output INCREASED. The big concern is a tough 3-game mid-season stretch on the schedule that begins at Arkansas, followed by Florida at home, and then a road game at South Carolina.
Auburn showed marked improvement last year in head coach Gene Chizik’s first season on the job but the Tigers will not catch anyone napping in 2010 as expectations are way higher. 15 starters return and the schedule is favorable although the last game of year is at Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Arkansas is a team that could be a significant wild card in the West division race. The Razorbacks could have the top offense in the division and head coach Bobby Petrino is among the most innovative coaches in the game.
Quarterback Ryan Mallet was 2nd Team SEC last year as he passed for 3624 yards and 30 touchdowns. The junior is projected to be the top QB in the SEC. Arkansas could be a dangerous dog with the college football lines when they host Alabama on September 25.
LSU is the ultimate enigma as they are loaded with talent but have played erratically under head coach Les Miles, who is on one of the hottest seats in the land. The Tigers must replace 7 starters on defense. Alabama visits on November 6 in what could be one of the biggest NCAA football betting matchups of the season.
Ole Miss could be rejuvenated with Oregon cast off Jeremiah Masoli as quarterback while Mississippi State was improved last year but will lose the surprise element and have a far tougher schedule.