The SEC schedule is looking better each week as top teams and playmakers meet on the field. Use these prop bets to stay even more entertained during a slate of big games.
Ohio at No. 15 Tennessee
First-quarter points — Tennessee
Tennessee has scored 65 points in two games this season, but only three have come in the first quarter. Quarterback Josh Dobbs and the rest of the Volunteers seemed to finally find a rhythm again Virginia Tech last week scoring 45 points in the final three quarters. But does that momentum carry over into this week, or will the trend of slow starts continue?
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech
Total rushing attempts — Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech
Don’t expect to see the ball in the air too much if you tune into this one. The Commodores love to run the ball (87 total rushing attempts in two games) and tailback Ralph Webb had a career performance last week with 211 yards and two scores on 29 carries in a win over Middle Tennessee State. But the Yellow Jackets and their option offense keeps the ball on the ground even more. QB Justin Thomas has attempted just 25 passes in two games as Tech has run the ball 96 times.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole Miss
More receiving yards — Alabama WR Calvin Ridley or Ole Miss TE Evan Engram
The game logs for these two players are essentially flip-flopped with Engram having a great first week (nine receptions, 121 yards, TD) and falling off in Week 2, while Ridley was a non-factor in the first week and erupted last week against Western Kentucky (nine receptions, 129 yards, TD). Momentum is one Ridley’s side, but Ole Miss likes the passing game more than the Crimson Tide and could very well be playing from behind.
East Carolina at South Carolina
Rushing yards allowed — South Carolina
East Carolina is a balanced offense (76 passing plays, 71 rushing plays), but the weakness of the Gamecocks defense is undoubtedly its front line as teams average 229.5 yards pre game on the ground. The Pirates, who are riding high after a win over in-state rival N.C. State, average roughly 211 rushing yards per game, so we’re just splitting the difference with this line.
New Mexico State at Kentucky
Total yards — Kentucky
The Kentucky offense is bad (114th in the nation). The New Mexico defense is bad (97th). Something has to give, right? The Aggies have allowed an average of 427 total yards in their first two games against UTEP and New Mexico, while the Wildcats’ offense has posted an average of 279 total yards in losses to Southern Miss and Florida. Those taking the over on this line simply believe the athletes in the SEC should be able to duplicate the efforts of Mountain West and C-USA offenses.
Mississippi State at No. 20 LSU
More rushing attempts — Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald or LSU RB Leonard Fournette
This is tough. Fitzgerald was great last week in a win over South Carolina with 17 carries for 195 yards, but can you take his small body of work over a Heisman-hopeful running back on a team forced to lean on the ground game? Common sense says no, but Fournette sat out last week with a leg injury and Derrius Guice performed admirably in his place. LSU coach Les Miles needs to open his SEC schedule with a win, so maybe the play here is to feed a fresh Fournette 25-plus times.
No. 17 Texas A&M at Auburn
Which number is greater, Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight rushing touchdowns or Auburn QB John Franklin III pass attempts?
Knight already has three rushing touchdowns for a prolific Aggies offense, while Franklin has just one pass attempt for minus-3 yards. Auburn fans likely expected more from the Last Chance U star, but Gus Malzahn is riding with Sean White. Does that change Saturday if Auburn struggles early and finds itself in hole? Maybe then, after a couple extra weeks for Franklin to learn the system in practice, Malzahn will see what the fleet-footed transfer can do.
Texas State at No. 24 Arkansas
Passing yards — Texas State QB Tyler Jones
The Razorbacks are happier than a pig in mud after last week’s overtime win over TCU, but the defense has been subpar through the first two games allowing 432 yards per game (294.5 passing) to opposing offenses. The passing defense currently ranks 109th in the nation. Texas State has an uptempo attack that ran 98 plays in its opening win over Ohio. Jones completed 40 passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns. Arkansas should have better athletes in the secondary than Ohio, but Jones should still get his numbers if the Bobcats are playing catch-up in Fayetteville.
North Texas at No. 23 Florida
Receptions — Florida WR Brandon Powell
Powell is one of QB Luke Del Rio’s favorite targets with 11 receptions in two games, and should see more passes come his way against North Texas with Antonio Callaway doubtful to play. Del Rio is airing the ball out with 76 pass attempts in the first two games, but without his top receiver on the field, the North Texas defense may key on Powell. No Florida receiver outside of Powell and Callaway has more than six catches. So will Del Rio spread the ball around or try to force it into the 5-9 slot receiver?
No. 16 Georgia at Missouri
Which number is greater, Georgia QB Jacob Eason’s passing yards, or RB Nick Chubb’s rushing yards?
Yardage through the air is easier to pile up, but Eason hasn’t been forced to carry the load entirely for the Bulldogs as a freshman. In two games (one start) he has just 32 pass attempts and 335 passing yards. Missouri runs a ton of plays, so Georgia coach Kirby Smart would be wise to feed Chubb in hopes of slowing down the pace of the game. And the junior tailback should find space against a rush defense ranked 101st in the nation allowing 191 yards per game on the ground.