As far as on-field success goes, SEC football is the gold standard for college football. In each of the past five seasons, the College Football Playoff championship game has involved at least one SEC team.
While in each of five years those teams have been either Alabama, Georgia, or LSU, the conference is far from top-heavy. Other teams like Auburn, Florida, and Ole Miss have challenged for SEC supremacy on a consistent basis.
Although Tennessee and Vanderbilt haven’t enjoyed such success in recent years, just being part of the SEC has its perks. Winning the conference automatically puts that team in a strong position for inclusion in the College Football Playoff.
For sports bettors in Tennessee, this means the opportunity to bet on some of the most high-profile games each week of the season.
Although there is no cap on the number of licenses the Tennessee Lottery can issue, there are three TN legal sports betting apps that stand out above the rest. That’s because of their bonuses and promotions, competitive odds, and the variety of markets offered on SEC football.
If variety is the spice of life, BetMGM is lively. On the BetMGM app, you’ll find a lot of different futures markets, including which teams will win the SEC East and SEC West division titles. BetMGM also has its Money Monday Club, through which you can get a $10 free bet every week just for placing your bet on Monday.
On a weekly basis, you’ll find moneyline bets, spreads and totals (over/under) on a wide array of SEC games on the DraftKings Sportsbook app. DraftKings has a great reputation for offering alternative spreads and totals as well as its $25 in free bets for newbies.
Among FanDuel’s strongest points are its deep fields with generous odds on its SEC football futures. It also offers the weekly game lines you expect. FanDuel offers a risk-free first bet to new customers, worth up to $1,000 in site credit. In addition, FanDuel Sportsbook offers parlay insurance of up to $25 if you place a multisport parlay and one of your legs come up short.
All three of these apps offer unrivaled convenience. Not only can you register your account from anywhere in Tennessee, but you can also make deposits, browse odds, place wagers and cash out winnings online as well.
To see the latest lines & odds for upcoming SEC football games, check our full NCAAF football odds feed here. Select “NCAAF” in the drop-down menu to see odds for every football game including those involving SEC teams.
Sportsbooks also offer a lot of ways to bet on the results of not just SEC football games but the entire season. Because the sportsbooks set these markets on future events, they call them futures bets. Below you can see the latest futures odds for the next SEC Champion; click on any odds to jump directly to the sportsbook and make your bet.
As you can see in that last example, the top SEC programs are among the favorites every year for the National Championship. Here is a little more information about those programs; see more on betting on the Tennessee Volunteers here.
The CFP Selection Committee has made Alabama one of its four playoff teams in five of the CFP’s six seasons so far. The Crimson Tide are perennial favorites to win the SEC each year as well.
Although Georgia has been part of the CFP bracket just once and has yet to win a CFP title, it’s usually one of the strongest teams in the SEC East every year. Bulldog fans are used to giving their team a home-field advantage in the SEC title game in Atlanta.
The typical power that threatens Georgia’s place in the SEC title game each year plays its home games just 350 miles away. The Gators have a great history of their own.
Louisiana State University reasserted itself on the national scene in the 2019-20 season, winning the National Championship. The team figures to stay in the conversation for good.
These teams will dominate the conversation when they meet in regular-season play each year. The 2020 season should be no exception with several exciting games on the docket.
The schedule for the 2020-21 SEC football season promises a lot of contests between the conference’s powers with a 10-game in-conference schedule starting Sept. 26. Each SEC team will play six games against division opponents and four games against non-division opponents. The SEC Championship is scheduled for Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Bettors should note that while the SEC expects to play its 2020-21 season in full, that’s a fluid situation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in date and venue are possible.
Tennessee outlaws all in-game/live proposition bets on both individual and team performances in college sports. Proposition bets on individual athletes is outlawed altogether.
The law against bets on player prop bets applies to all college athletes, not just those that play for Tennessee teams.
Bettors won’t find markets on how many yards Harrison Bailey will throw for in a game, for example. That doesn’t mean there aren’t many other options, however.
Besides the futures markets already presented, there are spreads, straight bets, team props, and totals for individual games. An example of a team prop bet is a wager on which team will score first in a particular game.
Betting all these markets requires knowledge of the sport. Because there are several contending teams in the conference, a variety of opinions exists.
Which team gets the best consistent play from its new quarterback could decide which teams win division crowns in 2020. Alabama, Georgia, and LSU will all have new signal-callers under center this season.
Myles Brennan will take over for the LSU Tigers, while the Bulldogs have two options in Stetson Bennett and JT Daniels for the position. Florida’s Kyle Trask may give the Gators an upper-hand in this regard, as the redshirt senior will look to build on his successful end to the 2019-20 campaign.
For Tennessee and Vanderbilt this season, contention in the SEC East is unlikely. Still, bowl eligibility is a very realistic goal for the Volunteers. Tennessee could snag a New Year’s Day bowl game with a couple of upset wins this year.
For the Commodores, however, bowl eligibility would be a pleasant surprise for fans. The schedule is daunting and the available talent on the Vandy roster doesn’t look like it will measure up.
Players to watch in the SEC this year will include Georgia running back Zamir White, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Tide wideout Jaylen Waddle and Auburn QB Bo Nix. All of those players are on experts’ shortlists for the next Heisman Trophy.
Following all those athletes is much easier if you can watch them live. Tennesseans have a few options for how to stream SEC football games.
CBS and ESPN are the two primary broadcasters for SEC football. If you subscribe to a cable or satellite television service but aren’t at home, your provider may have options for you to stream SEC football games on your devices.
If you aren’t a cable or satellite subscriber, you aren’t left without options, however. Among your choices are subscribing to a live TV streaming service like AT&T Now, Sling, or YouTube TV. Those distributors may carry your local CBS affiliate, CBS Sports, and ESPN.
Another more a-la-carte option is subscribing to ESPN+. That may limit your choices of games to watch, however, at least on a live basis.
Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee all have some form of legal sports betting. Tennessee is the only place among states with SEC teams within their borders where it’s legal to bet online from anywhere in the state, however.
Despite the lack of legal wagering among SEC states, there are a few sound strategies for SEC football betting. It’s good to know these before making wagers.
When betting on futures markets, the question to ask is whether the market will move away from or toward a specific contender in the field as time passes. Several factors influence that movement.
Those factors not only include how bettors are betting, but also things like coaching decisions, player injuries, and poor on-field performance. Successful futures wagering is all about timing.
If you were considering betting on Alabama to win the SEC title this year, for example, you would need to ask yourself whether you think the current SEC odds are the best you will see between now and Dec. 5 or not. If the answer is yes, now is the time to put your money down.
For bets on point spreads, moneylines, and totals on individual games, that same question can be relevant. You should ask yourself, will these lines move during the week, and if so, in which way? The usual rule of thumb is that earlier SEC football odds are better than later ones, since sportsbooks adjust lines and odds as they gather more information.
Some information that’s good to gather is the recent history of contests you want to wager on. The following is the history of the past decade’s worth of SEC title games.
Some of these games contained stellar individual performances from some of the best ever to take the field for an SEC team. The following is a list of five such players.
Every SEC-member institution fields a football team, which adds up to 14. These institutions span over 1,000 miles from Columbia, MO to Gainesville, FL going north to south and over 1,000 miles from Columbia, SC to College Station, TX going east to west.
Alabama is 740-238 all-time, leading the SEC. Tennessee is second with a win-loss record of 654-302. Coming in third is Georgia at 664-315.
SEC teams have won 31 national championships in football. That is not the greatest total, however. The Ivy League still holds the distinction of the highest number with 46. The Big Ten also trumps the SEC in this regard as well, claiming 39 national titles in football.
Log into a legal Tennessee online sportsbook, make a deposit, then navigate to the section for College Football futures. Once there, you should be able to find a market in which you can select individual teams to wager on for the next College Football Playoff championship.