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Giving Away Money: Clemson tops Ohio State, Alabama in first odds of the season

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What is it people see in Clemson this year? Cuz, I don’t get it.

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss; or, at least Caesar’s oddsmakers think.

Clemson (+$250) has once again been given Vegas’s preseason Koolaid Kiss of Death, just narrowly edging Ohio State (+$300) for overall title favorite. Alabama is a distant third, at +$500, and the Georgia Bulldogs (+$700) round out the first four title favorites. Of course, since Alabama and Georgia are scheduled to meet in September, someone’s odds grow considerably longer after that tilt.

Alabama is again the favorite in the SEC. Vegas has pegged the Tide at o/u 10.5 wins on the season. LSU, the Greatest Team of All Time with The Greatest Coach to Grace College Football, sees a steep regression to their usual mean, at just 9 regular season wins in 2020. Speaking of Platonic Ideals of a season, Auburn is pegged at 8.5 regular season wins...which is the most Auburn season ever. If Gus Malzahn could go 8 12 — 4 12 every year, he damn well would.

Poll

Assuming we have something resembling a 12-game schedule this year, does Alabama get over 10.5 regular season wins in 2020?

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  • 46%
    Yes, 11-1
    (163 votes)
  • 47%
    Yes, 12-0
    (165 votes)
  • 4%
    Nope, rebuilding season 9-3, 10-2
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    Dynasty’s dead. Enjoy Shreveport, Bammers
    (6 votes)
348 votes total Vote Now

Meanwhile, in the East, oddsmakers see it the way many of us do going into the (potential, we hope, please please please) 2020 season: Florida and Georgia are as close on the field as they’ve been in almost a decade — both have win totals set at 10 a piece.

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Same caveat as above about a season occurring, who’s winning the SEC East this season?

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  • 31%
    It’s still Kirby’s to lose. And Mullen is a choker. GO DWAGS ARP ARP ARP
    (98 votes)
  • 63%
    It’s finally Dan Mullen’s time. That loss UGA takes in Tuscaloosa is going to help the Gators reach Atlanta. Go Gata
    (201 votes)
  • 3%
    You’re sleeping on the Vawls! We’re due!
    (12 votes)
  • 1%
    Other SEC East soup can.
    (4 votes)
315 votes total Vote Now

We’ll be back in about 90 minutes or so with a JP; I gotta’ run the dog first. So, discuss amongst yourselves.

Who’s too high? Too low? Just right? What is it that oddsmakers are seeing in Clemson that we’re not? I understand running roughshod over the ACC, but once this mortal version of Clemson gets in the Playoffs? Nah. I don’t see it. Then again, is this the weakest that the field has been since 2014 or so, and Clemson is just a bit better than the other contenders?