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Three of the six teams in the Southeastern Conference West division have won national championships in the last four seasons, with five total championships won in a row by the entire conference. But the SEC West division may in fact be the most difficult division in all of college football over the last several seasons.
Question of whether or not that will be true this upcoming season still remains to be seen.
The Auburn Tigers won the BCS National Championship last season, but do not enter this year as the betting favorite on the national landscape, the conference, or even their division.
In fact, it’s the Alabama Crimson Tide, the team that won the championship two seasons ago, that lead the latest betting odds to win the SEC West division. Bodog Sportsbook’s BCS Championship Futures Odds actually have the Crimson Tide as the second-overall favorite to win the national title this season, behind only the Oklahoma Sooners.
But as far as the SEC West division is concerned, Alabama is a -150 favorite to represent in the the Georgia Dome against the champion of the East division.
Just behind Alabama are the LSU Tigers. Keeping with the theme of West division National champions, the Tiger captured the 2007 championship, sandwiched in between two titles by the Florida Gators in 2006 and 2008. LSU comes in at +200 to win the SEC West division this season.
Coming off of a year in which they went to their first BCS Bowl game, the Arkansas Razorbacks enter the 2011 collegefootball season with high expectations, hoping that they can win the West division. At +500, oddsmakers believe that they just might have a chance at doing that.
Then comes the defending champion Auburn Tigers. The Tigers lost some big pieces to the puzzle, and as such, are fourth in the line of favorites to win the West division, going off at +1000. But then again, last season they were not expected to win much either.
Rounding out the West division are a pair of distant underdogs from the state of Mississippi in the Rebels and the Bulldogs, both going off at +1500.