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Examining SEC West’s top 3 teams

Lower than three months after Georgia gained its first nationwide championship in 40 years, the 2022 faculty soccer season is about to open motion over-the-counter.

WynnBET is first to market with win totals, particularly for one of the best division in FBS with the SEC West.

There have been loads of modifications from a training and switch portal standpoint. These participant departure and acquisitions have been captured in our TARP (Switch and Returning Manufacturing) Dashboard, a bit that has a heavy affect on the modifications in energy rankings in the course of the offseason.

Right here’s a take a look at the highest three groups within the SEC West.

Alabama 

The betting board runs like clockwork for the Crimson Tide, forcing preseason buyers to guess on an undefeated common season.

The theme going into this season is that Ohio State and Alabama are on observe to fulfill within the nationwide championship, with energy rankings that make the 2 groups a landing favourite over different upper-echelon groups comparable to Clemson and Texas A&M.

Imagine it or not, 2021 was really a rebuilding 12 months in Tuscaloosa. TARP took a dive after the NFL draft raided the roster, as new offensive coordinator Invoice O’Brien took over as offensive coordinator with a freshman at quarterback. That freshman was Bryce Younger, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

Bryce Younger
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Not solely are Younger and O’Brien again, however the Tide may even have improved play from the offensive line and a protection that has among the most expertise returning in the entire SEC.

Younger can thank the switch portal for explosive weapons assembled for each the run and cross sport. This workforce could possibly obtain simply as many accolades because the undefeated powerhouse Nick Saban fielded in the course of the 2020 pandemic season.

The Tide will journey to Texas as two-touchdown favorites, however they host each Texas A&M and Auburn within the Iron Bowl. Dropping Georgia for Vanderbilt in cross-division play is a bonus.

The perfect guess within the preseason for Alabama could also be on the division, convention or nationwide title in lieu of a season win complete.

Motion Community Complete: 11.9
WynnBET Complete: 11.5 (+200/-250)

Texas A&M

The Aggies as soon as once more have the second-highest win complete projection within the SEC West. The window to win the division could also be closing regardless of quite a few top-10 recruiting courses.

Texas A&M noticed the departure of Zach Calzada to Auburn by means of the switch portal, leaving 2021 injured starter Haynes King to compete for the job. Becoming a member of King is switch Max Johnson from LSU, who spent final season evading stress from an inconsistent Tigers offensive line.

Jimbo Fisher
Jimbo Fisher
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One of many greatest modifications for the Aggies comes within the coordinator position on protection, as Mike Elko took the head-coaching place at Duke. Texas A&M employed DJ Durkin away from Ole Miss, however head coach Jimbo Fisher made it clear the Aggies should not transferring away from the 4-2-5 scheme.

Durkin beforehand labored with dime packages, usually lining up simply two or three defensive linemen in commonplace downs. The brand new coordinator will modify to Texas A&M’s model and is anticipated to provide the identical outcomes as Elko.

There are simply three residence video games in SEC play this 12 months, as Fisher appears to be like for strong contribution at quarterback earlier than a Sept. 17 showdown with Miami.

Motion Community Complete: 9
WynnBET Complete: 9 (-125 / +105)

Ole Miss

The Rebels acquired downgrades of their energy score as a result of they personal the bottom TARP mark within the division.

Lane Kiffin labored the switch portal to herald quarterback Jaxson Dart from USC and operating again Zach Evans from TCU. Each are glorious gamers, however neither are capable of substitute the manufacturing from the Matt Corral period.

Lane Kiffin talks to Jake Springer.
Lane Kiffin talks to Jake Springer.
AP

Whereas the items on the sector have modified, the one fixed is Kiffin’s means to place factors on the board. There’s a direct correlation to Ending Drives and overlaying the unfold, as Ole Miss ranked seventh in factors per try previous their opponents’ 40-yard line.

There are modifications to the defensive employees, however the scheme will stay the identical. Ole Miss has improved in stopping the explosive play on protection, coming at the price of dropping eight defenders into protection. The Rebels protection completed eightieth in Success Price and ninety fifth in Ending Drives.

A vanilla non-conference schedule with cross-division play towards Vanderbilt will assist the Rebels attain 5 wins. Coin flips with Kentucky, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State in convention play make Ole Miss a cross from a win complete perspective.

Motion Community Complete: 5.9
WynnBET Complete: 8 (-110/-110)

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