The showdown between No. 13 LSU and No. 1 Alabama is easily the game of the weekend, but there’s plenty of other storylines to watch Saturday.
Will Auburn’s run game keep dominating? Will Georgia’s run game snap out of it?
Here are a handful of SEC prop bets to keep you entertained until the Tide and Tigers kick off at 8 p.m. ET.
(All team ET)
Georgia Southern at Ole Miss (Noon, ESPNU)
Total yards — Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly
At 3-5, the season is basically a loss for the Rebels, but Kelly still needs to impress if he hopes to be an early round NFL Draft pick in about six months. The senior is having a nice season, has plenty of good tape and an FCS defense should make him look even better. He averaging just more than 355 yards per game thus far, and with just about nothing to lose Saturday, Kelly will stuff the box score.
No. 4 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (Noon, SEC Network)
Total touchdowns — Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk
With a spot in the top four of the initial College Football Playoff, the Aggies will look to their playmakers to keep them there. And no player for Kevin Sumlin is more electric than Kirk. He has a receiving touchdown in three straight games and returned two punts for scores a week ago against New Mexico State. Trevor Knight will target Kirk often and the defense will force the Bulldogs into plenty of punts. This sophomore isn’t one to bet against.
Vanderbilt at No. 9 Auburn (Noon, ESPN)
Which quarter will Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway eclipse 100 rushing yards?
First quarter +600
Second quarter +185
Third quarter -130
Fourth quarter +115
He won’t +900
Pettway is rumbling for an Auburn offense that’s obliterating teams. The powerful sophomore has gone over 100 yards in five of his six games and tallied 236 in a win over Ole Miss last week. Gus Malzahn will give Pettway the ball and he will get his yards, barring injury. It’s a matter of how quickly he hits the century mark.
No. 11 Florida at Arkansas (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Passing yards — Florida QB Luke Del Rio
Del Rio averaged 288 passing yards in the first two games of the season, but since then he’s fallen off with an average of just 184. in his last three. The entire Gators offense looked out of rhythm in a win over Georgia, and this Arkansas team is coming off a bye with something to prove following a 56-3 loss to Auburn two weeks ago. Del Rio has the talent to beat a mediocre Arkansas pass defense allowing 256.4 yards per game, but it’s hard to have any faith in Florida’s offense.
Missouri at South Carolina (4 p.m., SEC Network)
Completion percentage — South Carolina QB Jake Bentley
Bentley can’t keep this up, can he? The freshman is completing 69.6 percent of his passes in his two starts — wins over UMass and Tennessee. The Gamecocks offense isn’t asking him to win games with his arm, which has kept his percentage high. The Missouri defense has been abysmal, forcing head coach Barry Odom to take back play-calling duties. Will the shake-up in Columbia, Mo., cause Bentley trouble in Columbia, S.C., come Saturday? Or will he keep making Will Muschamp look smart?
Georgia at Kentucky (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)
More rushing yards — Kentucky RBs Stephen Johnson and Benny Snell Jr., or Georgia RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel
It’s crazy to think Kentucky needs just one more win to be bowl eligible. It’s even crazier that Georgia is favored as the visitor despite the opposite direction the programs are going. Then there’s the pitiful run production of the Chubb/Michel duo. While Johnson and Snell combined for 374 yards last week against Missouri, the Georgia backs mustered just 21 against Florida. The Bulldogs may get it together this week, but offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has to take the ball out of Jacob Eason’s hand and trust the legs of two guys bound for the NFL.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 13 LSU (8 p.m., CBS)
Longest run — LSU RB Leonard Fournette
Two weeks ago against Ole Miss, Fournette was unstoppable with touchdown runs of 59,76 and 78 yards. But the Alabama defense doesn’t allow such success. Against Fournette last season, Alabama held Fournette to 31 yards on 19 carries. His longest run was 18 yards. In a 2014 loss, Fournette had 79 yards on 21 carries. His longest rush was just 13 yards. Maybe the third time is the charm for Fournette and he’ll finally break one against the Tide.