Who Are Favorites To Win Expanded SEC In 2024

June 27, 2024 by Staff

For the 10th consecutive summer, the SEC Network Takeover returns to the airways of SEC Network to present all 16 Southeastern Conference schools a dedicated day of network programming.

Beginning Saturday, June 29, each school takes center stage as they team up with SECN to feature an entire day filled with the greatest moments from the past year, including SEC Championships, SEC Storied films, regular season showdowns, spring football, SEC Network original programming and more.

This year, the SEC welcomes Texas (June 30) and Oklahoma (July 1) to the conference, with their dedicated takeover day showcasing the on-site programming and activations at each school’s respective welcome events.

Currently, the SEC Champion odds at FanDuel.com favor Georgia (+190) to wrest the crown away from Alabama, with Texas (+310) boasting the second-best odds. Even without Nick Saban at the helm, 'Bama (+750) checks in with the 4th-best odds of claiming the SEC crown. Saban retired which led to the hiring of Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer who was a consensus National Coach of the Year in 2023 (AP, AFCA, Eddie Robinson, FWAA George Munger, Walter Camp and Home Depot).

Oklahoma's win total is set at 7.5 with the wagers paying slightly more for the Under (-115) than the Over (-105). The Sooners' odds (+4200) of winning the SEC title put them in a 9th-place finish.

Other SEC Over/Under win wagers have Georgia and Texas at 10.5, and Alabama at 9.5.

The new-look 16-team SEC will play without divisions for the first time since 1991. The season begins Saturday August 31 with every team playing non-conference opponents. Georgia and Clemson will stage a showdown in the AFLAC (formerly Chick-fil-A) Kick-off game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta; LSU and USC will battle in the Vegas Kick-off Classic at Allegiant Stadium; and Notre Dame will head to Texas A&M for a true road game.

SEC Schedule, Week 1

Saturday, 8/31 Western Kentucky at Alabama
  UAPB at Arkansas (Little Rock)
  Alabama A&M at Auburn
  Miami (Fla.) at Florida
  Georgia vs. Clemson (Atlanta)
  Southern Miss at Kentucky
  Furman at Ole Miss
  Eastern Kentucky at  Mississippi State
  Murray State at Missouri
  Temple at Oklahoma
  Old Dominion at South Carolina
  UT Chattanooga at Tennessee
  Colorado State at Texas
  Notre Dame at Texas A&M
  Virginia Tech at Vanderbilt
Sunday, 9/1 LSU vs. USC (Las Vegas)

On Sunday, June 30, SECN will be live from the Forty with SEC Now: Live from Texas from Bevo Blvd., starting at 6 p.m. ET. Laura Rutledge and Peter Burns will host SECN’s studio coverage with perspectives and insight from Jordan Rodgers, Roman Harper, Paul Finebaum, Marty Smith and Jimmy Dykes. 

On Monday, July 1, the party crosses the Red River to Norman, Okla. as the Sooners celebrate their first official day in the SEC. Programming begins at 3 p.m. with The Paul Finebaum Show live from Party at the Palace, and continues at 7 p.m. inside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium with a special SEC Now: Live from Oklahoma, hosted by Dari Nowkhah — an OU alumnus — and Alyssa Lang. Joining the pair from OU are Finebaum, Sooner great Dusty Dvoracek, Haylie McCleney and Daymeon Fishback.

Texas and Oklahoma fans will also receive their own individual warm welcomes to the SEC. SEC Network will bring Oklahoma and Texas fans into an open house to experience everything their new SEC home will have to offer: live games, studio programming, original content, and much more. Each room in the house will take fans on a journey inspired by the variety of programming and rich history of SEC Network, giving fans a taste of everything they’ll have to look forward to.

In addition to live studio shows from both Austin and Norman, Texas and Oklahoma will have an SEC homecoming as Homecoming with Paul Finebaum returns with new episodes set to air Wednesday, July 17, during SEC Kickoff Presented by Regions. Lifetime Longhorn Admiral Bill McRaven (7 p.m.) and Sooner football legend Brian Bosworth (7:30 p.m.) are each featured in their respective shows.

Homecoming with Paul Finebaum is a limited series that follows notable alums from SEC schools as they return to their beloved alma maters. Capturing in-depth interviews, campus life and more, Finebaum takes viewers back to the formative years of some of the biggest names in pop culture, business and more. Previous episodes have featured Apple CEO Tim Cook, bestselling author John Grisham, TV host Willie Geist, WWE superstar Titus O’Neil, music legends Hootie & the Blowfish, Augusta National’s Billy Payne and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson.

SEC Inside will also get the Sooner and Longhorn treatment as SEC Inside: Oklahoma & Texas Spring Football is set for Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Each school’s appointed date and select #SECNTakeover programming highlights can be found below:


Sat, Jun 29 Vanderbilt Spring Football All-Access Show 5 p.m.
Women’s Swimming win over Tulane 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Jun 30 Texas Football win over Alabama 3 p.m.
NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship 10 p.m.
Mon, Jul 1 Oklahoma Big 12 Gymnastics Championship 11 a.m.
Football win over Texas 9 p.m.
Tue, Jul 2 Kentucky Baseball win over Vanderbilt 4:30 p.m.
Gymnastics win over Georgia 7:30 p.m.
Wed, Jul 3 LSU NCAA Women’s Gymnastic Championship 7:30 p.m.
Football win over Florida 9:30 p.m.
Thu, Jul 4 South Carolina NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship 8 p.m.
Men’s Basketball win over Kentucky 10 p.m.
Fri, Jul 5 Tennessee Volleyball win over Kentucky 3 p.m.
NCAA Baseball Championship Game 3 9 p.m.
Sat, Jul 6 Missouri Gymnastics win over LSU 7:30 p.m.
Cotton Bowl win over Ohio State 9 p.m.
Sun, Jul 7 Mississippi State Baseball win over Texas A&M Noon
SEC Women’s Golf Championship 5 p.m.
Mon, Jul 8 Ole Miss Men’s Basketball win over Mississippi State 5 p.m.
Women’s Basketball win over Tennessee 7 p.m.
Tue, Jul 9 Alabama Gymnastics win over Florida 7 p.m.
SEC Football Championship 8:30 p.m.
Wed, Jul 10 Auburn Women’s Basketball win over LSU 8 p.m.
SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament win over Florida 10 p.m.
Thu, Jul 11 Georgia SEC Soccer Championship 6:30 p.m.
Football win over Ole Miss 9 p.m.
Fri, Jul 12 Arkansas Soccer win over Alabama 7 p.m.
Football win over Florida 9 p.m.
Sat, Jul 13 Texas A&M Softball win over South Carolina 6:30 p.m.
Texas A&M Spring Football All-Access Show 8:30 p.m.
Sun, Jul 14 Florida SEC Softball Championship Noon
Men’s Basketball win over Alabama 5:30 p.m.

Research for this article credits SECSports.com and ESPN PR.