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Threat to the throne? Alabama narrow favorite to win SEC

Field Level Media
21 Apr 2021, 05:05 GMT+10

Reloading is an annual rite of spring at Alabama, but the Crimson Tide could be in for a dogfight in the SEC next season.

The reigning national champions are again faced with replacing a bevy of stars lost to the upcoming NFL draft. Alabama's spring game was attended by 47,218 fans on Saturday, and three days later the Crimson Tide were installed as 100 favorites by DraftKings to win the SEC title in 2021.

That is slightly ahead of Georgia at 250. The SEC powerhouses don't face each other during the regular season, which could potentially set up a marquee showdown in the conference championship game.

Texas AM is being offered at 700 to win the SEC by the sportsbook, followed by LSU (1000), Florida (1200) and Auburn and Missouri at 1600.

DraftKings released markets for each of the Power 5 conferences Tuesday, with Ohio State (-110) a massive favorite to win the Big Ten ahead of Michigan and Penn State at 700 and Clemson (-835) an even bigger favorite to emerge from the ACC ahead of North Carolina (700).

Oklahoma has been installed as the -125 favorite to win the Big 12 with Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler leading the Sooners' offense. Iowa State has the second-shortest odds at 250, slightly ahead of Texas (350) in coach Steve Sarkisian's first season in Austin.

The closest of the Power 5 conference odds is in the Pac-12, where Oregon (225) is being offered ahead of Southern California (350), Washington (450) and Arizona State (500).

Rattler is the current Heisman Trophy frontrunner at 550 by DraftKings. That's narrowly ahead of D.J. Uiagalelei (600), who takes over the quarterback reins at Clemson from Trevor Lawrence.

Projected Alabama starting quarterback Bryce Young is next at 800, followed by North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (1700). Georgia's JT Daniels and Miami's D'Eriq King are being offered at 2000 along with Texas running back Bijan Robinson, who has the shortest odds among non-quarterbacks.

--Field Level Media

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