2019 SEC College Football Preview
The SEC is college football’s premier conference. Every year the SEC is packed with talented teams. And it’s not too top heavy either. Quality teams can be found up and down the conference every year, and 2019 will be no different.
Nitrogen Sports Blog gives a lowdown on five teams to watch out for in the conference in our SEC football preview for 2019.
The favorites: 2019 SEC college football
The SEC is a dog-eat-dog world. The biggest of them all is, of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide, but they can get severely wounded, too, as what last season could tell all of use. The Crimson Tide finished the 2019 regular season unscathed, topping the conference with an 8-0 record.
We begin our SEC football preview for 2019 with Alabama followed by what looks to be the biggest threat to their status as the team to beat in the conference and a pair of sleepers.
Alabama Crimson Tide (-152)
The Crimson Tide of Alabama are coming off their worst loss in the Saban’s reign in Tuscaloosa. That loss just so happened to be in the national championship game against the Clemson Tigers. Alabama was dismantled, but that isn’t going to diminish much the Crimson Tide’s image as a legitimate title contender.
As usual, the Crimson Tide will be packed with future NFL players. Heisman Trophy runner up Tua Tagovailoa will be surrounded by talent and could easily eclipse his 2018 statistics.
Georgia Bulldogs (+265)
Head coach Kirby Smart has his Bulldogs in a great spot. Heading into his fourth year in Athens, the Bulldogs have a sense of stability and continuity. And now the Bulldogs think they can go from contenders to champions.
Dynamic running back D’Andre Swift will be expected to carry much of the load on offense. Jake Fromm is one of the best returning players in college football following his sophomore year in which he threw for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns against just six interceptions.
Sophomore Zamir White, meanwhile, could be an X-factor for the Bulldogs. He missed all of his first year with an injury, but the human highlight reel is now healthy and ready to make an impact.
Florida Gators (+1250)
Dan Mullins is on a mission to bring back the Gators program back to elite status. He even promised the Gators fans that he will deliver a national title.
Last year the Gators improved by six wins by going 10-3. They also finished the season on a high note, beating the Michigan Wolverines at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in outstanding fashion. Florida is now in the hunt for more than just double digit wins.
Former Gator quarterback and Heisman Winner Danny Weurffel, thinks UF has a hidden gem in Feleipe Franks. If he steps up and become a top-level QB, the Gators will be dangerous this year.
Another big plus for the Gators is that they have seven starters returning on defense. Jabari Zuniga and Jonathan Greenard give Florida a Stellar pass rush that could vault them to the top of the SEC.
Sleepers: 2019 SEC college football
Auburn Tigers (+2500)
Auburn stumbled on offense for much of last season. After winning 10 games in 2017, the Tigers regressed and collected just eight wins in 2018. But the Tigers played stingy defenselast year. Freshman Bo Nix is one of the best QB recruits in the nation. He is creating a lot of buzz and could be the fix the Tigers needed on offense.
Tailback JaTarvious Whitlow could be a breakout star for Auburn in 2019. They’ll face Oregon in an early season test that could define what the rest of the campaign would look like for Auburn.
Tennessee Volunteers (+6600)
The Volunteers flashed their potential last year with a couple of wins over ranked teams, which could also be considered as their SEC football preview this 2019. The wins vs Auburn and Kentucky also gave Tennessee a couple of highly coveted conference victories.
A bunch of starters will be returning in 2019 for the Vols at skill positions. They boast a lot of depth at RB and WR, but QB play will be key. Jarrett Guarantano looked good in the aforementioned wins over the Tigers and the Wildcats. And a healthier offensive line could boost his performance against the rest of the SEC.
Alabama and Georgia are the perceived teams to beat in the SEC, but the conference is far from being a top-heavy one. The SEC can be deceptively easy to predict, as most teams, including the ones we mentioned in this SEC football preview for 2019, are capable of beating every other program in the conference — at least on paper. (Which is pretty much the same case over at the ACC college football standings.)
The Crimson Tide are the favorites to reign supreme in the conference, and if you’re looking to put money and ride on their bandwagon, it’s better if you check out first our football articles for more tips on how to bet on sports.