Last Updated on August 19, 2020
College football season is still in a precarious position, but some of the conferences, including the SEC, are pushing forward with the season. The SEC Week 1 betting lines are out and there are enticing matchups for bettors.
The theme of the weekend seems to be home underdogs with five of the seven games featuring home underdogs. South Carolina opens as a 2.5-point underdog against Tennessee, but oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook seem to believe that the rest of the Week 1 slate will be blowouts.
Texas A&M (-29.5), Georgia (-24.5), and Alabama (-22.5) are the biggest favorites of the week, but Florida (-11.5) is another road team that is getting serious love from oddsmakers. Although they’re not playing on the road, LSU (-17.5) is another team that is opening as the heavy favorite in Week 1.
SEC Football Week 1 Betting Lines
Alabama -22.5 @ Missouri
Florida -11.5 @ Ole Miss
Georgia -24.5 @ Arkansas
Auburn -7.5 vs. Kentucky
LSU -17.5 vs. Mississippi State
Tennessee -2.5 @ South Carolina
Texas A&M -29.5 @ Vanderbilt
These are the usual suspects, right? Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and LSU always seem to find their way to the top of the SEC standings. It should come as no surprise that they are opening as heavy favorites in Week 1.
With that said, the 2020 season is going to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Teams with top-end talent should rise to the top in the long run, but it’s impossible to know how Week 1 will shake out. Which teams will come out firing on all cylinders? How sloppy will some teams look on the road? Will schools be able to have any fans in the stadium for Week 1?
These are all questions that we don’t know the answers to yet.
Most consecutive college football games as the betting favorite:
Alabama (2010-15) – 72
Alabama (2015-present) – 67
Florida State (1997-2001) – 54
Florida State (2011-14) – 50
USC (2003-06) — 50
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 19, 2020
Kentucky Is On The Rise
When people think about Kentucky, the first thing that comes to mind is basketball. But the football program is on the rise in recent years. The Wildcats are 18-8 over the last two years.
Although Auburn should be good again in 2020, covering a 7.5-point spread won’t be easy, especially if there are no fans in the stadium. Keep an eye on this spread as Week 1 approaches. If it rises any higher to 8.5 or 9.5, Kentucky is going to be a great bet. For now, lay off and see how the line moves, but out of all of the SEC Week 1 lines, Auburn vs. Kentucky is the one to watch.