We are inching closer to the end of the regular season in the SEC. After a wild Saturday in the conference, there are a few games to keep an eye on for this coming week.
New Mexico St. @ Alabama (-50)
Yea, this game doesn’t do much for me, but you should definitely watch the spread, as Alabama tends not to cover against lower tier teams like New Mexico State. The Tide are coming off a 20-14 win over LSU and might look to rest some of their starters in the second half. So, look for Saban to build up a big enough lead for this to happen. Be careful if you’re betting this one.
Mississippi State @ Auburn (-4)
Both of these teams are coming off road losses, with the Bulldogs losing at Arkansas and Auburn playing poorly at Texas A&M. This game is at Auburn, with a noon kickoff. I would expect to see a much better looking Tigers team, especially at the quarterback position. It was a low scoring affair against the Aggies, but I wouldn’t expect that here. As for Mississippi State, they dropped a tough game at Arkansas even though they had multiple opportunities to put that one away. Mike Leach had his squad playing pretty well, but just dropped the close one. I expect them to be a pain for the Auburn secondary.
Samford @ Florida (-31.5)
I don’t care for this game and neither should you. The only reason to tune into this game is if you are a Florida fan or looking to make some money. The Gators are coming off a really bad loss at South Carolina, and the team — and the coaching staff — look like a mess. We’ll see if Florida can get motivated to play the Bulldogs, but I suspect this one could be slow at first before the Gators open things up. It’s a pretty bad situation in Gainesville right now. Careful with this one.
Georgia @ Tennessee (+21)
I know Tennessee is coming off a nice win in Lexington, where the Vols offense looked really good against the Wildcats. But unfortunately, Georgia brings the top scoring defense to Knoxville. The Dawgs have allowed only five touchdowns this season on defense and have scored three, meaning this will be a very tough task for the Vols. I give this Tennessee team credit and they have multiple weapons on offense, but this Dawgs defensive line will be the toughest they’ve faced all season. It will be difficult for the Vols to establish anything on the ground or through the air. But there’s a reason why we play the game. Keep an eye on this spread, as I could see it moving a bit.
South Carolina @ Missouri (-3)
The Gamecocks are coming off a big win over Florida, while Missouri had to take their medicine against Georgia. The Tigers are playing multiple quarterbacks and just don’t look cohesive on offense. As for Shane Beamer’s team, they played extremely well with transfer QB Jason Brown and running for over 250 yards against the Gators. This one could be interesting, as the Gamecocks are riding some momentum, while the Tigers are a beat up football team with a good running back. I’d watch this line up until kickoff.
Texas A&M @ Ole Miss (+1)
The Aggies are coming off a big win over Auburn, while the Rebels took care of Liberty. Texas A&M rushed for 217 yards against Auburn and should have success against Ole Miss on the ground. I’ll be interested to see how QB Zach Calzada is feeling this week, so keep an eye on that. As for Ole Miss, they played pretty poorly in the second half against Liberty, but got the win. This one could come down to their rush defense and how Matt Corral plays against this Aggies defense. Expect a pretty decent scoring game in Oxford.
Kentucky @ Vanderbilt ( +18 )
Well, the Wildcats are coming off a close loss to Tennessee, where they put up over 600 yards of total offense. Kentucky was proficient in getting the ball down the field and catching the Vols off-guard. We will see what kind of focus this Kentucky team brings to Nashville, as they’ve lost three in a row and need a win. As for Vanderbilt, they are still looking for their first conference win. If they can get something going in the run game, then maybe this game could be interesting for a bit. I just don’t think the Dores are healthy enough to hang with Kentucky right now, but we’ve seen Vanderbilt play it close with a few opponents this season.
Arkansas @ LSU (+3)
Man, you have to give credit to how LSU played in Tuscaloosa — they had a chance to win the game in the final minute but ultimately lost 20-14. I didn’t expect the Tigers to put up much of a fight against Alabama, but I was wrong. They held them to just 2 yards rushing. Maybe this Ed Orgeron led team can pull off the win this weekend. But, Arkansas is coming off a big win over Mississippi State, where they won it in the final minutes. I really like what Sam Pittman has done in Fayetteville, especially with the offense. This game could turn into a western slobber-knocker, as we’ve seen some classic matchups between these two teams in the past.