Dave Bartoo has a slew of SEC betting trends for your enjoyment listed here. The only one about Georgia is “GEO is 7-0 since Oct 09, 2010 after a loss on the road”, which, admittedly, I could do without hearing.
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Here’s something that will cause a double take: SportsLine rates Georgia as having the fifth-best chance of running the table in all of D-1.
If that’s really true, then the Dawgs’ national title odds are undervalued at 33-1.
Do I need to tell you what to do here? I didn’t think so.
- Maty Mauk may be the SEC’s living embodiment of “just win, baby”.
- Jerry Hinnen provides a nice preseason practice preview for the conference here.
- Greg McGarity, in a radio interview yesterday, said he hopes to have IPF renderings by the end of this month.
- Joe Wickline moves to have the suit filed by Oklahoma State dismissed. (And I was so hoping to have a trial called midseason.)
- LSU may not be able to accept the transfer of a kid dismissed from another program for domestic violence, but there’s nothing in the rules preventing Les Miles from reinstating one of his own.
- You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that Baylor’s AD thinks the CFP will expand to eight teams in the next five years.
- I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the teenaged Jimi Hendrix was something of a college football fan.
- Bovada lists Georgia’s odds to win the SEC at 11/2, which is third best in the conference.
- There’s such a thing as a National Collegiate Tailgating Championship? Who knew?
- And Georgia’s tight ends have a suggestion on who should be the next starter at quarterback.
Chase Stuart goes through a little exercise each preseason that I find useful in terms of evaluating opening betting lines. He takes the Golden Nugget point spreads and runs them though his Simple Rating System (SRS) to rank the teams by the results.
The 2015 preseason SRS rankings are here. And you can see Vegas ain’t buying the “SEC is dead” talk. Five of the top ten teams, seven of the top fourteen, eight of the top eighteen and ten of the top twenty five are from the SEC.
There are seventy teams that had enough lines published to make the rankings. Georgia plays nine of those, five being in the top twenty.
Don’t read too much into this. As he notes, “The methodology may be somewhat complicated, but all these ratings are intended to do is quantify public perception.” It matters as much as you think the Golden Nugget knows what it’s doing.
Besides, it’s still July.
A few tasty morsels I scrounged up for your morning enjoyment:
- While some of this piece by Dean Legge is over the top, it’s worth reading to the end for the comparison between Mark Richt’s Georgia career and the first fourteen seasons of Vince Dooley’s.
- The NCAA, bastion of amateurism, announces it will give $18.9 million to schools to help pay for cost of attendance stipends. That should make for some fun questioning in somebody’s antitrust case.
- Seven Georgia players are named to the media’s preseason All-SEC teams.
- Between the academic fraud scandal and this, North Carolina’s on quite the roll.
- Phil Steele looks at how often underdogs win outright.
- And Dave Bartoo looks at teams’ starting position in 2014. Georgia did well there.
- Did you know that the Carter-Floyd-Jenkins trio had a nickname? I didn’t.
- Dennis Franchione makes the curious comment that “scholarships used to be equal”. From a marginal cost standpoint, I agree, but I suspect those who like to trumpet how scholarships are full-blown compensation for student-athletes might not.
- Nice job in the ACC media guide by some disgruntled human being.
Today’s half-empty/half-full Georgia moment is brought to you by Bovada, which just posted odds on teams making this season’s college football playoffs. The envelope, please.
Alabama – 7/4
Auburn – 3/1
Baylor – 4/1
Clemson – 9/2
Florida State – 3/1
Georgia – 4/1
LSU – 11/2
Michigan State – 11/2
Notre Dame – 6/1
Ohio State – 2/5
Oklahoma – 8/1
Oregon – 3/1
TCU – 7/5
UCLA – 6/1
USC – 3/1
Georgia’s on the list, which is good. But it’s only got the eighth-best odds, which isn’t so good.
Then again, there are three SEC West teams on that sucker, and we know that ain’t happening.