With a big chunk of the SEC off on bye weeks (including Alabama) this upcoming weekend, many of you may be tempted to actually leave your TV and get outside or something gross like that. Especially with the weather looking to cool off into the 50s and 60s on Saturday.
For some of us, though, College Football only lasts a few months, and every Saturday is sacred, especially when there’s a chance to watch Auburn lose.
That said, there are some conflicting thoughts on some of the SEC games, so I’m here to set things straight as to who you should root for. All betting lines come from DraftKings Sportsbook.
#12 Kentucky vs Miss State
The Wildcats are favored by exactly 1 point against an unranked squad, which just goes to show what the oddsmakers actually think about Kentucky as a top-15 team. The Bulldogs have already lost a few games, including to Alabama, so they are no threat to take the SEC West if the Tide drops another game. So more Cowbell would improve this strength of schedule for Alabama.
On the other hand, Kentucky winning out is basically the only shot to overthrow Georgia for the SEC East (which is always an enjoyable thing), but the Dawgs would have to lose 2... Which I’m not sure is possible with that schedule.
Besides, I’ve got a lot of engineer coworkers from Miss State, so I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for those guys.
#1 Georgia vs Florida
The Bulldogs are favored by two touchdowns in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and that seems about right. A win for the Gators here would be extremely unlikely to move the needle in terms of knocking Georgia out of the driver’s seat, but it would serve to increase Alabama’s strength of schedule, at least. Plus, it would just be fun to see the Bulldog fans meltdown after having their egos stroked so much the last few weeks.
On the other hand, if you believe in the psychology side of things, a mostly meaningless loss now might serve to give Georgia a wake-up call and work on some of the problems they keep glossing over in wins.
Personally, I’d enjoy Kirby Smart losing.... but I think I’d rather keep the Bulldogs at #1 and cruising by easily all the way until the SEC Championship. So go Dawgs.
Missouri vs Vanderbilt
Uhhhh.... Who cares?
Missouri is favored by 16. Cool. Go Tigers, I guess?
#18 Auburn vs #10 Ole Miss
Now this is going to be the fun one. Lane Kiffin’s antics vs. Auburn’s constant B.S. and ridiculous luck? This one is going to go absolutely stupid. For some reason, the Tigers are favored by 2.5 points over the more highly rated Rebels. While I definitely think Ole Miss is the better team, I wouldn’t place a bet on this game no matter what the spread was in any direction.
Alabama currently has the same record as Ole Miss, but holds the tiebreaker. A Rebel loss would give Alabama a bigger lead over everyone else in the SEC West. Problem is, they’d have to lose to Auburn to do it, and the Tigers are only a game back from Alabama, and still have a chance to win head-to-head.
Plus Auburn has always seemed to feed off of big wins to get more big wins over the years, so I’d rather them not get the momentum now.
No questions on this one: Hotty Toddy, go Rebels-Blackbears-landsharks, and make us proud, Lane.
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