This Saturday doesn’t offer the intriguing matchups we saw last week, but with a round of games under our belt, we have a better idea of what to look for beyond the final scores. Here’s a collection of prop bets to keep things interesting on SEC Saturday.
Nicholls State at No. 9 Georgia
Passing yards — Georgia QB Jacob Eason
Georgia’s heralded freshman makes his first start Saturday after securing the job in an opening-week win over North Carolina. He completed eight passes in that game for 131 yards and should obliterate those numbers against an FCS defense. However, we don’t know how long Kirby Smart will play his starters once the Bulldogs pull away.
Prairie View A&M at No. 20 Texas A&M
When will the Aggies take their first lead of at least 20 points?
First quarter +120
Second quarter -150
Third quarter -110
Fourth quarter +200
Texas A&M has no reason to struggle against a FCS team from fewer than 50 miles away. However, we said the same thing about Tennessee last week when the Volunteers hosted Appalachian State, which came from those ranks a few years ago. Trevor Knight looked good in his first game as an Aggie and fans in College Station are rightfully excited, but don’t overlook a Prairie View team that hasn’t lost since September 2015.
Kentucky at Florida
Total yards — Florida
Florida gained 363 yards of total offense last week against UMass, and coach Jim McElwain had to answer questions about style points. Will he cut the offense loose this week to appease detractors? It’s a perfect opportunity to do so against a Kentucky defense that allowed 520 total yards, 32 first downs and 44 points in a loss to Southern Mississippi.
Western Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama
Total snaps — Alabama QBs not named Jalen Hurts
Hurts is unquestionably the most talented QB Nick Saban has on the roster. He gets his first start Saturday against a Hilltoppers team that doesn’t have the same level of talent as the Southern California team he torched last week. This is another case of when, and if, Saban pulls Hurts with a big lead to give Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett some run.
Wofford at No. 19 Ole Miss
Turnovers — Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly
The Rebels should rebound for a win against Wofford, but will Kelly cure his turnover bug (four against Florida State) in the process, or try to do too much against a lesser opponent?
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Number of players to record a carry — Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt loves to run the football and tried its best to find the hot hands last week in a loss to South Carolina. Seven players recorded carries (including two QBs), but only two players toted the ball more than twice. Will the Commodores continue a hot-potato approach or limit the number of players with touches?
South Carolina at Mississippi State
Longest field goal — South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry
Over/Under 55.5 yards
Few college football coaches can trot out their kicker with confidence for a boot longer than 50 yards. But South Carolina coach Will Muschamp can. Last week, Fry nailed a game-winning 55-yard field goal against Vanderbilt with leg to spare. Will Fry have to display similar abilities this week? And if so, will he split the uprights again?
Arkansas at No. 15 TCU
Total yards — TCU
That’s a big number, but remember, the Horned Frogs went for a staggering 662 total yards last week against South Dakota State. Now it’s the Razorbacks’ turn to try to slow down TCU QB Kenny Hill, who knows a thing or two about SEC defenses from his time at Texas A&M.
Arkansas State at Auburn
Which Auburn QB will have the most passing yards?
Sean White -500
Jeremy Johnson +250
John Franklin III +400
White is the starter and should have every opportunity to dwarf the other two guys statistically, but he hasn’t exactly sealed the job. If he struggles early, Johnson or Franklin could get the opportunity to lead the Tigers against the Sun Belt Conference squad.
Jacksonville State at No. 21 LSU
Completion percentage — LSU QB Brandon Harris
Les Miles is under siege after a Week 1 loss, and Leonard Fournette seems just as prone to injury as he is 200 rushing yards, but Harris is the guy catching the most grief. This week is a chance for him to buy himself some more time under center and take a step toward showing he can consistently complete passes at the college level. For reference, he completed 53.8 percent of his passes in 2015 and 57.1 percent last week against Wisconsin.
Eastern Michigan at Missouri
Pass attempts – Missouri QB Drew Lock
Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wanted a fast-paced offense and got just that last week at West Virginia. However, the Tigers mustered just 11 points. Lock attempted 51 passes in the loss and the running game averaged just 3.8 yards per carry. All signs point to another flurry of drop backs for Lock, but that could change if Missouri actually takes the lead against Eastern Michigan, a team that was 1-11 in 2015.
Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 Tennessee
Rushing yards — Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs
Dobbs has proven to be a dual-threat QB, but last week he had a shocking minus-4 yards rushing on nine attempts. Maybe that shouldn’t be too surprising. Last year, Dobbs averaged 51.6 rushing yards per game but had a few outings of fewer than 10 yards sprinkled in. Saturday should be a night where Dobbs proves his negative-yardage outing was an anomaly and beefs his rushing average back to a Dobbs-like state.