College football primer: The best bet in the SEC

When it comes to college football, the SEC is the top of the mountain.
 
With respect to the occasional arguments rolled out in favor of the Pac-10 or the Big 12, there’s really no other conference that can match the SEC for talent, toughness and competitive balance from top to bottom.
 
Hey, it’s hard to argue against a league that houses the last two national champions, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and the Defensive Player of the Year.
 
But while the big dogs of the SEC, namely the Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators and LSU Tigers, dominate the discussion boards and preseason polls, another team in the Deep South is taking big strides toward what looks like it could be not just an improvement over last year, but also a very profitable season for backers.

The Ole Miss Rebels are easy to overlook among the titans of the SEC, but with the arrival of Houston Nutt as the new head coach in Oxford, there is a legitimate reason to believe that this team could get a lot better very soon.

And the best part is, nobody is talking about them because the conference is so crowded with Top 25 teams and National Championship contenders. That means in spite of all the positive changes afoot, bettors probably won’t see much difference in the pointspreads between this year and last year.

"The changes in Ole Miss will have an effect on the way oddsmakers set the lines," says BetEd.com oddsmaker Randy Scott, "but mainly setting the over/under game totals. Ole Miss has a chance to score more points, unlike the past three years where they had a hard time scoring twenty points per game."

Of course, Ole Miss is a team coming off a disastrous 2007 season in terms of wins and losses, but one that was actually pretty good for their backers at the sportsbook.
 
Unsurprisingly after a season like that, the Rebels are listed at +6000 to win the SEC, longest odds of any team in the conference. We’re not recommending anybody take that wager, but we are saying that under their new coach and with the addition of some promising new players, they have a great shot to cover a lot of spreads and make some cash for backers.
 
Even last year, despite the fact that the Rebels went winless in conference play (yeah, they even lost to Vanderbilt), they were a very profitable 6-3 against the spread (ATS) versus SEC opponents.

And they made that money with an offense that was downright pathetic. It featured a tandem of Brent Schaeffer and Seth Adams at quarterback, neither of whom looked like true SEC quality QB and combined for 17 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions last year.

Under Nutt’s guiding hand and with the addition of some key newcomers, this year promises to be much more productive – particularly on the offensive side, where Nutt has made his name as an innovative tactician.

Perhaps the best news for suffering Rebels fans is the presence of quarterback Jevan Snead in uniform. If you don’t remember the name, Snead was a Parade All-American quarterback out of high school two years ago who went to Texas with high hopes of replacing Vince Young, but narrowly lost the starting job to Colt McCo

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Posted by bigred7987
6 years ago

Anyone who thinks cpermd is lying clearly doesn't know what happened at Arkansas. Nutt is pathetic and all of Arkansas is glad to be rid of him. The things he did at Arkansas could get him multi-million dollar lawsuits if anyone ever wanted to take it to that level. His teams go on motivation alone. Look at the things being said by Casey person and others now. His Arkansas teams were woefully unprepared on offense and he rode the coattails of two 1st round draft picks toting the rock.
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Posted by bigdealthefan
6 years ago

Cpermd, you left off a choice, 8) which is the correct answer: 8. Ole Miss offered a gravy train contract to come to Oxford and build the program back to national spotlight.
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Posted by cpermd
6 years ago

Multiple coice question, just to make it easy. HDN left Arkansas because? 1. He was publicly alleged to be having an affair with a local news anchor 2. HDN and his "family" ran off two of the highest rated Arkansas recruits ever 3. He was paid over $3 million to leave and keep his mouth shut 4. His wife wanted to beat up a recruit's mother and sent an email stating so 5. Arkansas was tired of his nonwinning record in the SEC 6. HDN was considered lower than a lying used car salesman by many 7. ALL OF THE ABOOVE ANSWER???
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Posted by ellwdmd
6 years ago

A once proud football program from the 50's,and 60's under legendary football coach Johnny Vaught-was taken right down to the bottom by Orgeron which was a dumn experiment for a guy who never was a head college football coach-They fired coach David Cutcliffe who took the rebels to a bowl game every year he was a coach there,except for his last year-year before he was fired took rebels to the cotton bowl and won with Eli Manning--The hire with coach Nutt is huge for Ole Miss-They will not go 0-8 in the sec this year-however I do believe they have a realistic chance to win 6 or 7 games and go to a bowl-Ole miss a lot better team this year-but so are the other teams in the sec-the best conference in football-against the spread-watch out for the rebels as big dogs-grab the points and you will be a winner
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Posted by jmoo2k8
6 years ago

I thought Ole Miss would be greatly improved, Oregeron could recruit good players but just could not coach up anyone who wasnt a lineman. This year is supposed to be the one of great improvement, a winning season and a bowl game is realistic, championship not quite yet
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Posted by Juliano
6 years ago

Not sure if you're serious about them winning the conference. That's pretty far-fetched, but they're certain to be double-digit dogs in most of their games and this team is going to be drastically improved. Snead alone should be worth a few points. That sounds like a great value situation heading into the season.
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Posted by bej0101
6 years ago

please....just burn your money, if you don't want it..or send it to me..
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Posted by bigdealthefan
6 years ago

I couldn't agree more. In fact, I am predicting Ole Miss to make the SEC Championship game this coming season. The stars are aligning !
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Posted by bigdealthefan
6 years ago

"I couldn't agree more. In fact, I am predicting Ole Miss to make the SEC Championship game this coming season. The stars are aligning !"