Things couldn’t get any worse for the Florida Gators last season. Mired in a credit card scandal, a young Florida team went 4-7 overall (3-5 in SEC) and missed a bowl game.
But this year, there’s only one way to go and that is up.
Florida will be led by sophomore QB Feleipe Franks and RB Jordan Scarlett while its usual tough defense will be anchored by seniors Khairi Clark and CeCe Jefferson.
According to BetChicago, bettors like Florida to exceed its season win total of 8 this season with an improved offense anchored by a line returning all starters. The Gators were a painful 3-8 against the spread last season, but they could surprise this season, especially as a short home underdog against LSU on Oct. 6.
Speaking of LSU, it could be a rough season in Baton Rouge as the Tigers have a lot of question marks on offense with a new coordinator and inexperience at QB and RB. LSU faces an incredibly tough schedule (Alabama, Georgia, Auburn Miami, Mississippi State) and has an uphill climb to reach its 7-game win total.
LSU has won eight or more games in 18 straight seasons (including bowls) but inexperience at the skill positions may end up costing veteran head coach Ed Orgeron his job, according to offshore odds at BetOnline.
Here are the odds of the first SEC coach being relieved of duty. The offshore sportsbook says the head coach must be fired or otherwise relieved of duty. Wagers are refunded if all head coaches retain service by the SEC title game
Ed Orgeron (LSU) +225
Barry Odom (Missouri) +250
Derek Mason (Vanderbilt) +500
Matt Luke (Ole Miss) +600
Mark Stoops (Kentucky) +700
Gus Malzahn (Auburn) +2000
Will Muschamp (South Carolina) +2000
Jeremy Pruitt (Tennessee) +2000
Joe Moorehead (Mississippi State) +3300
Chad Morris (Arkansas) +3300
Dan Mullen (Florida) +5000
Nick Saban (Alabama) +5000
Kirby Smart (Georgia) +5000
Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) +5000