LITTLE ROCK — Deciphering seven numerals from 7 to 9.5, the conclusion is the Western Division of the SEC will be more competitive than ever.

LITTLE ROCK — Deciphering seven numerals from 7 to 9.5, the conclusion is the Western Division of the SEC will be more competitive than ever.


Provided by Bovada.lv, the numbers are over-under win totals for teams in the West and it is hard to imagine another division in a power five conference where there is so little separation among seven teams. More typical is last year when Alabama was pegged at 10.5, Auburn at 9.5, and Arkansas at 5.5, a disparity much like the Eastern Division this year, where the numbers range from 3 for Vanderbilt to 9 for Georgia.


The over-under is not a prediction of victories but a number established to generate action, both pro and con. In the west, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, and Ole Miss are each 8.5 — no way will they all win nine which means an opportunity for both believers and doubters to take a stand.


Alabama is at the top end at 9.5 and Texas A&M is at the bottom with a 7. Those numbers spell P-A-R-I-T-Y and the weekly norm might be something akin to last November when a 4-5 Arkansas shut out No. 17 LSU.


Little things will decide multiple games — a third-and-1, a play in the kicking game that flips field position, or a 5-yard penalty — making for contests that are entertaining for impartial observers and excruciating for those with an emotional investment.


Bankrolled by passing "GO," $200 in old-school Monopoly yellow tens will be invested on the over-under on SEC teams:


ALABAMA, 9.5 Over, $20. The Crimson Tide will figure out a way to get past Wisconsin and the defending conference champion will not lose more than two SEC games.


ARKANSAS, 8.5. Under, $30. Nine Ws would be a surprise. Besides, 7-5 is the on-the-record prediction.


AUBURN, 8.5. Over, $30. Jeremy Johnson might have the best arm in the league, Gus Malzahn will plug in somebody at running back, and Will Muschamp will improve the defense.


OLE MISS, 8.5. Under, $10. The Rebels could get off to a 2-1 start in the conference and stumble home, playing five division opponents in the final six weeks.


LSU, 8.5. Over, $10. If the Tigers loosen the reins on quarterback Brandon Harris, he will be a nice complement to running back Leonard Fournette. The question is defense without the John Chavis touch.


TEXAS A&M, 7.5. Under, $20. The Aggies figure to lose to Arizona State and Arkansas in September and still have both Alabama schools, plus games at Oxford and Baton Rouge. Playing South Carolina and Vanderbilt from the East is the only positive.


MISSISSIPPI STATE, 7. Under, $10. The Bulldogs have four non-conference patsies, plus Kentucky, but I can’t find three more Ws for quarterback Dak Prescott and friends.


In the East:


GEORGIA, 9. Over, $20. With a new quarterback, the Bulldogs will be hard-pressed to split with Alabama and Auburn, but should lose no more than once in the division.


FLORIDA, 7.5. Over, $10. Jim McElwain won’t turn the Gators completely around immediately, but they should be better. Ole Miss, LSU, Georgia, and Florida State look like losses. Oct. 10 vs. Missouri could decide seven or eight Ws.


MISSOURI, 7.5. Under, $10. See above.


TENNESSEE, 7.5. Over, $20. The Vols must keep Joshua Dobbs upright and win two of four during a stretch against Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, and Alabama. The last five games are doable.


SOUTH CAROLINA, 7. Pass. Up in the air at quarterback, the Gamecocks get A&M and LSU from the West, plus Clemson in the season finale and seven feels right.


KENTUCKY, 6. Under, $10. The Wildcats made some progress, but I only count three non-conference victories and Vanderbilt.


VANDERBILT, 3. Pass. Another 0-8 in the SEC. The Houston game will decide if the Commodores get to four Ws.


For Arkansas fans who care, the over-under on non-conference opponents is UTEP (6), Toledo (7), Texas Tech (6), and UT-Martin (FCS).


Harry King is sports columnist for GateHouse Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. Email: hleonk42@gmail.com