Phil Steele is one of college football’s leading experts. His preseason preview magazine is considered essential reading material for fans and media members alike. In addition to his expert analysis, Steele also offers insight into college football’s betting lines.

Steele first shared his “Vegas Power Ratings” when he wrote for ESPN. He’s independent now, but Steele maintains connections with handicappers at multiple Las Vegas casinos.

Steele’s “Vegas Power Ratings,” published on his own site, are meant to give fans “an idea of how much teams would be favored over another team if they met on a neutral field.” The difference between 2 teams’ Vegas Ratings shows Steele’s projected betting line for a neutral-field meeting.

Steele reminds fans that the Vegas Rankings aren’t like the AP Top 25 and don’t always reflect prior results on the field:

Alabama barely got past Texas by 1 and was basically outplayed in the game. If the two met again on a neutral field, Bama would be a 18 point favorite.

Here’s where every SEC team ranks in the Week 5 Vegas Power Ratings:

  • No. 1 Alabama (137.09 Vegas Rating)
  • No. 3 Georgia (135.00)
  • No. 7 Tennessee (123.33)
  • No. 10 Texas A&M (120.94)
  • No. 13 Ole Miss (120.06)
  • No. 14 Mississippi State (119.60)
  • No. 16 Arkansas (119.29)
  • No. 24 LSU (117.54)
  • No. 25 Kentucky (117.06)
  • No. 30 Florida (116.01)
  • No. 49 South Carolina (110.02)
  • No. 62 Auburn (107.07)
  • No. 65 Missouri (105.67)
  • No. 101 Vanderbilt (96.63)