There are less than 100 days left to go before the 2017 college football season starts, and that means you have less than 100 days to figure out which teams you want to bet on before the season.
You're so lucky to have friends like us at CBS Sports.
BetOnline has released conference title odds for the Power Five conferences, and we want to make sure you're prepared with all the knowledge you need to make the smart play.
Today we'll look at the odds for the 14 teams in the SEC.
Texas A&M +4000
Ole Miss +6600
South Carolina +6600
Mississippi State +8000
Best bet: Obviously, the best bet is Alabama, but they are a bad value and there's nothing fun about picking the frontrunner when we're looking at the odds in late May. If there's going to be another conference champion besides the Tide, I think you need to stay in the SEC West, the division that's produced the last eight conference champions. LSU has an emerging superstar with Derrius Guice and a talented enough defense to expect they could finish 6-2 or 7-1, but the quarterback play simply has not been consistent enough to expect the Tigers will be able to get through Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and others without losing at least once.
Auburn, however, has a 6-foot-3 glimmer of hope from Stephenville, Texas named Jarrett Stidham. The former Baylor quarterback, arriving by way of McLennan Community College, is carrying an enormous weight on his shoulders going into 2017. He'll have help -- like Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson in the backfield, and an offense that's designed to highlight his skill set -- but as we saw in 2016, the quarterback play is the determining factor in the success of Auburn's offense. Sean White was good at times, when healthy, but there were too many moments where Auburn's offense stalled last season to think fans aren't itching for a change. If Stidham is the real deal, Auburn can win the SEC.
Most intriguing long shot: After winning the SEC East two years in a row, Florida is catching long odds to win the SEC in 2017 at +1000. It will be interesting to track the odds as we get closer to the season, but right now, it seems like Georgia is the favorite in the SEC East with Florida and Tennessee projected to finish behind the Bulldogs. It's true that Georgia might have the best backfield in the division with Jacob Eason, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, but it's also been five years since this team has been able to avoid the frustrating -- and occasionally stunning -- unexpected loss that has kept an otherwise talented and capable squad from winning the division.
For that matter, getting Florida at +1000 is a bet that Jim McElwain will once again outlast the competition and make it back to Atlanta for the title game. It's also a good bet that the Gators can do something they haven't been able to since 2008 and not only be competitive in that title game, but win it.
Also, one more thing to consider: what if Butch Jones gets the last laugh? I hadn't even considered the thought of Tennessee winning the SEC East, much less the SEC. But seeing them here at +1400, being the sixth team on the board, has forced me to reconsider how competitive the Vols will be in the fall after losing Josh Dobbs, Jalen Hurd, Cameron Sutton, Jaylen Reeves-Maybin and many more of the key players from the last two seasons. There's more value with Florida thanks to the development of quarterback Feleipe Franks, but wouldn't it be wild if the "Champions of Life" shocked the world after we all assumed the window of opportunity has closed?