SEC Picks: Against the spread, Week 3
Here is the right side to be on for the entire slate of Week 3 SEC action. As always, opinions are expressed for “entertainment purposes only.” Follow the advice below at your own risk, and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, which in most instances is probably good news. The picks:
Texas A&M -34 vs Nevada
This one opened with the Aggies as a 25-point favorite and the line has grown all week. So apparently the people in Nevada don’t even like Nevada’s chances. It is probably smart to follow their lead.
Connecticut +23 at Missouri
UConn is something close to awful, but Missouri is not the kind of team that should be steamrolling anyone at the moment. And yes, that statement will seem pretty foolish once the Tigers win the SEC East for the third year in a row. However, for now, disregarding coach Gary Pinkel’s team seems kind of wise. After all, this is around the time a year ago when Missouri lost straight up to Indiana.
Auburn +7 at LSU
Gus Malzahn is a little like twerking or saying YOLO. They all seemed a lot cooler in 2013 than they do now. That said, it is too soon to bury him or his Auburn Tigers. No team was more overrated during the offseason, but that attention was not totally unwarranted. Plus, who wants to live in a world where Brandon Harris is 2-0 as a starter in the SEC?
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt
No posted line because The Governors are an FCS team. However, set the over/under at 29.5 for bad jokes about the Commodores opponent’s name from the fans in the stands in Nashville on Saturday.
South Carolina +17 at Georgia
Steve Spurrier is running an awful program right now. Morale in Columbia cannot be high seeing as how the Head Ball Coach, like Lou Holtz before him, has turned the South Carolina head coaching position into something resembling the door greeter at a Wal-Mart. Yet Spurrier is still an excellent coach on game day, and he is at his most dangerous when he is an underdog.
Western Carolina at Tennessee
No posted line because the Catamounts are an FCS team. Also, pay no attention to the clear liquid in the mason jars.
Arkansas -11 vs Texas Tech
To be fair, the Razorbacks would not be the first people to complain about a trip to Little Rock. However, Bret Bielema’s team had a particularly troubling time in the Natural State’s capital last week when they lost to lowly Toledo. For Arkansas, there is no defense for its performance in that game. For Texas Tech, there is no defense period. The Hogs score more than enough to cover the number.
Florida -3.5 at Kentucky
Jim McElwain apologized this week for his tirade against his running back Kelvin Taylor during last Saturday’s game. The profanity he subjected Taylor to will seem like a nursery rhyme compared to the expletives Gators fans will hurl at their new coach if he doesn’t beat Kentucky this weekend.
Ole Miss +7 at Alabama
Rebels will win this one outright. Then Faulkner’s grave will have a busy night.