BetOnline hangs SEC win totals for new 10-game schedules
Published on Wednesday, 8/19/20, at 10:02 a.m. Eastern.
The SEC released its new 10-game schedules for 2020 on Monday night. By early Tuesday afternoon, DraftKings and FanDuel had posted spreads for each Week 1 game that you can check out here.
Also, BetOnline put up SEC win totals yesterday afternoon. A couple of schools have seen their numbers adjusted by one-half win and several others have the same number, but their odds have been changed. Let’s start with the highest and go down the list. But first, here’s the schedule:
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The offshore book opened Alabama with the highest win total of eight with a -130 price to the ‘over.’ That left bettors with interest on the ‘under’ to have an even-money (+100) wager.
As of Tuesday morning, however, the odds on an Alabama ‘over’ eight bet had moved to -150. Gamblers who want the Crimson Tide ‘under’ eight can get a +120 return (paid $120 on $100 bets).
Nick Saban’s team was given at Missouri (9/26 in the opener) and vs. Kentucky (11/21) for its two additional games against SEC East foes. The only team that gets two weeks to prepare for the Tide (besides LSU, but that’s a wash because ‘Bama has an open date beforehand, too) is Mississippi State, which gets the Tide in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 31.
Side Note: ‘Bama announced Tuesday that it will allow 20-percent occupancy of Bryant-Denny Stadium for home games. No tailgating will be allowed on campus.
Georgia opened at eight flat (-115 either way) and those numbers remained the same today. Kirby Smart’s squad got at Arkansas and vs. Mississippi State as its two added games vs. SEC West opponents. The Bulldogs have one set of back-to-back road games when they play at Alabama and at Kentucky on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, respectively.
Florida opened at 7.5 flat yesterday. As of Tuesday morning, the number and odds remained the same. Like UGA, UF’s only game against a team coming off an open date is a wash (they face each other with two weeks to prepare).
The Gators’ added games are at Texas A&M (Oct. 10) and vs. Arkansas (Nov. 14). UF’s only trip to College Station was Johnny Manziel’s collegiate debut and the Aggies’ first SEC game in 2012. Johnny F’n Pigskin and Kevin Sumlin’s squad took an ‘L’ that day against Will Muschamp’s UF squad.
Feleipe Franks will get another game at The Swamp. The Arkansas QB transferred from UF over the offseason.
Florida’s regular-season finale is at Tennessee on Dec. 5, making that a cold-weather game. It’ll be the first time these bitter rivals have met in December since 2001. I went on a rant about the memories of that game that I was at and was Spurrier’s last at The Swamp (on the home sidelines, that is) down toward the bottom/end of yesterday’s Notes and Nuggets (if you want to check it out).
BetOnline opened LSU, the defending national champion, at seven flat on Tuesday. The Tigers now have a -130 price on the ‘over,’ so the ‘under’ is an even-money bet.
Ed Orgeron’s team took a big hit early this week when senior DB Kary Vincent opted out of the 2020 campaign. Vincent had 47 tackles, nine passes broken up, four interceptions and two tackles for loss in 2019.
LSU’s added games are at Vanderbilt and vs. Missouri in Weeks 2 (10/3) and 3 (10/10).
Auburn opened and remains at 6.5 flat for its season win total. The Tigers, who return five starters apiece on offense and defense from a team that finished 9-4 both straight up and against the spread, saw games at South Carolina and vs. Tennessee added to their slate.
Gus Malzahn’s team gets two weeks to prepare for a trip to Starkville to face Mike Leach and QB KJ Costello. The Bulldogs will be off games at Alabama and vs. Vanderbilt on the two previous Saturdays, respectively. Auburn does have one set of back-to-back road assignments at South Carolina (10/17) and at Ole Miss (10/24).
In the week preceding the Iron Bowl when both schools usually play a cupcake non-conference foe, Alabama hosts Kentucky and Auburn hosts Tennessee.
Like Auburn, Texas A&M opened Tuesday at 6.5 flat. The Aggies’ win total has been bumped up to seven, but still has -115 odds either way. Their two new games vs. the SEC East are vs. Florida (10/10) and at Tennessee.
Jimbo Fisher’s team will go to Knoxville on Nov. 14 for what will be a cold-weather game. It’ll also complete a back-to-back road sequence since the Aggies face South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium the week before.
Texas A&M gets its bye week before hosting Arkansas. That’s a wash because the Razorbacks are also off the week before, but the Gamecocks do get two weeks to prepare for the Aggies, who host the Hogs before venturing to Columbia, S.C.
Tennessee and Kentucky both saw their win totals open at five flat on Tuesday. The Vols’ number and odds are the same, but Kentucky now has a -130 price on ‘over’ five (with ‘under’ five bets at +100 or even money).
Mark Stoops’s squad has a home game vs. Ole Miss and a trip to Alabama for its added contests. UK has a back-to-back road assignment at Florida the week after it plays in Tuscaloosa. The Wildcats get their open date before hosting Vanderbilt, which is in Starkville the week before.
Tennessee got a tough deal with its two new games — vs. Texas A&M and at Auburn on consecutive Saturdays. Furthermore, the Vols would’ve preferred to get their open date before a tougher opponent than Arkansas. They also have back-to-back road games — which also represent travel three times in a four-week span — at Auburn and at Vandy. The good news is that the Commodores are the last leg of that sequence.
Ole Miss opened at four with a -130 price on the ‘over.’ The Rebels are four flat today. Their added games vs. SEC East foes are at Kentucky and vs. South Carolina. Lane Kiffin’s club gets two weeks to prep for the Gamecocks, who host Texas A&M the week before. Vandy gets two weeks to prep for Ole Miss, which will be playing its sixth game in six weeks when it comes to Music City.
South Carolina and Mississippi St. both opened at 3.5 flat yesterday. The Bulldogs have been adjusted to four, but the ‘under’ is at -160. For bettors bullish on MSU ‘over’ four, a +130 payout is available at BetOnline.
Leach’s squad gets a home game vs. Vandy, but a road game in Athens as its added contests. After playing at UGA, the Bulldogs are in Oxford for the Egg Bowl. Leach will get two weeks to prep for Alabama with an open date, but Kentucky will get the same benefit before facing Leach’s high-octane offense.
South Carolina remains at 3.5, but the ‘over’ is now at a -130 price. The Gamecocks host Auburn and play at Ole Miss for their extra games. They won’t have to play at Clemson, though, so that’s a good thing in this crucial year for Muschamp’s tenure. The Rebels get two weeks to prep for South Carolina, which draws its open date ahead of hosting Texas A&M.
Missouri opened at three (‘over’ -130, ‘under’ +100). That number has dropped to 2.5, with a -140 price on the ‘over’ (‘under’ +110). Eli Drinkwitz had a solid draw from the SEC West originally, hosting Arkansas and going to Mississippi St. off a bye week.
However, the Tigers were given vs. Alabama (in the 9/26 opener!) and at LSU (in Week 3 one week after playing in Knoxville) as their add-on contests. OUCH! Missouri does have one quality spot to its favor, as it hosts Georgia with two weeks to prepare. Making that situation even better is that UGA will be coming off a 60-minute war in Jacksonville against the Gators.
Arkansas opened at 1.5 (‘under’ -130, ‘over’ +100). The price on the ‘under’ has increased to -150 (‘over’ +120). Like Missouri drawing Alabama and LSU, the Razorbacks got screwed by the addition of the two best SEC East programs, Florida and Georgia.
Sam Pittman’s team opens at home vs. UGA, where he had been the offensive line coach for Smart the last several years. Then the Hogs go to Gainesville on Nov. 14. They get their open date ahead of a road game at Texas A&M. That’s a wash, though, as the Aggies are also off the previous week. However, Tennessee gets two weeks to prep for Arkansas.
Vanderbit opened at one flat and there’s been no movement. The Commodores’ two added games are vs. LSU and at Mississippi St. They get their bye week ahead of a home game vs. Ole Miss.