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SEC Odds, Picks and Predictions 2016: Week 1

Everything you'll need for the return of SEC Football.

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College football is finally back in all of our lives.

With it comes the return of arguably the greatest league in all of college sports. SEC Football is simply on another level in comparison to any other league. That will be on display in Week 1 when the SEC's top teams take on national powers throughout the weekend.

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide square off with the USC Trojans on Saturday night. Even with the Tide rolling with a new quarterback and lots of new faces, they should steamroll past these up-and-coming Trojans.

If anyone is going to dethrone Bama atop the SEC, the LSU Tigers are likely the team to do it. They'll get a great road test Saturday when they face the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field.

While Bama and LSU are regarded as the top two SEC clubs, don't sleep on the Ole Miss Rebels. They knocked off both SEC West powers last year, and this could be the breakthrough year for Hugh Freeze's program.

First, they'll have to tangle with the Florida State Seminoles in Orlando. The Noles are viewed as a College Football Playoff contender and someone who may be capable of knocking off the SEC for the national title. This will be a great SEC vs ACC affair that could give us an idea of where both conference stand.

The same could prove true when the Auburn Tigers host the No. 2 Clemson Tigers Saturday night. Clemson looks primed for another CFP run, but we've seen Auburn come out of nowhere far too many times to sleep on them going into Week 1.

Here is a look at the Week 1 games across the SEC, the current odds, and my picks for each game.


Appalachian State at Tennessee SEC Network 7:30 ET

Line: UT is 23.5-point favorite

My Pick: UT -23.5

South Carolina at Vanderbilt ESPN 8:00 ET

Line: VU is 5.5-point favorite

My Pick: VU -5.5


Missouri at West Virginia FS1 Noon ET

Line: WVU is 11.5-point favorite

My Pick: UM +11.5

South Alabama at Miss. State SEC Network Noon ET

Line: MSU is 34-point favorite

My Pick: USA +34.5

LSU vs. Wisconsin ABC 3:30 ET (Game in Lambeau)

Line: UT is 10-point favorite

My Pick: UW +10

UCLA at Texas A&M CBS 3:30 ET

Line: A&M is 1-point favorite

My Pick: A&M -1

La. Tech at Arkansas SEC Network 4:00 ET

Line: UA is 20.5-point favorite

My Pick: UA -20.5

North Carolina vs. Georgia ESPN 5:30 ET (Game in Atlanta)

Line: UGA is 3.5-point favorite

My Pick: UNC -3.5

Southern Miss at Kentucky ESPNU 7:30 ET

Line: UK is 7.5-point favorite

My Pick: USM + 7.5

UMass at Florida SEC Network 7:30 ET

Line: UF is 37-point favorite

My Pick: UF -37

Alabama vs. Southern Cal ABC 8:00 ET (Game in Arlington )

Line: UA is 9-point favorite

My Pick: UA -9

Clemson at Auburn ESPN 9:00 ET

Line: CU is 8-point favorite

My Pick: CU -8


Ole Miss vs. Florida State ESPN 8:00 ET

Line: FSU is 5-point favorite

My Pick: UM +5

And be sure to check out the S&P+ predictions for this week.