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The odds for any team not named Alabama or Georgia winning the SEC championship were always going to be on the lower side.
Still, South Carolina coming in with the 10th-best odds by BetOnline.ag stands out a little.
The Gamecocks’ odds were at 80/1, behind the likes of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi State. South Carolina was picked fourth in the SEC East by the SEC media.
The Gamecocks aren’t done much of a favor by the schedule, as they have to play Alabama as a crossover game, plus have a trip to Texas A&M, which went 9-4 last season.
The teams ahead of them are mostly picked to be better, with ‘Bama, UGA, LSU, Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M in that lead group. The oddsmaker was favorable toward Kentucky, though crossovers against Arkansas and Mississippi State probably helps a great deal.
Tennessee is a more interesting case. The Vols finished two games worse than USC last season, but the game in Columbia was a close one. Their crossover games project as slightly easier, with Alabama on the road and Mississippi State on the road. Still, they came in with 50/1 odds.
Missouri is also disqualified because of NCAA issues, but with Ole Miss and Arkansas crossovers, it would have been a safe bet the Tigers would be getting better odds as well.
South Carolina is close to wrapping up its training camp and starts work for the opener on Thursday. The Gamecocks will go to Charlotte to face North Carolina on Aug. 31.