The conference slate may be a little thin with Hurricane Matthew postponing LSU/Florida, but that doesn’t mean you should let a little rain and wind ruin you Saturday (and Sunday) afternoon.
For the games kicking off as scheduled this weekend, enjoy these prop bets.
(All times ET)
Auburn at Mississippi State (Noon, ESPN)
Higher completion percentage — Auburn QB Sean White or Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald is the focal point of the Bulldogs offense as he also leads the team in carries and rushing yards by a sizable margin, but he’s completing just 60 percent of his passes this season. As for White, he’s improved dramatically since an opening-week stinker against Clemson and has a completion percentage of 68.4. Fitzgerald could have a greater impact on the game with both his arm and legs, and just maybe, he’ll put together his most efficient game yet.
No. 9 Tennessee at No. 8 Texas A&M (3:30 p.m., CBS)
When will Tennessee take its first lead?
First quarter -115
Second quarter +200
Third quarter +150
Fourth quarter -200
Not at all -135
The Volunteers have a knack for making Saturday way too stressful for their fans, so if they put up the first points of the game, look for them to put up the last and bring Jones to his knees once again. However, the luck has to run out at some point, right?
Vanderbilt at Kentucky (4 p.m., SEC Network)
More rushing yards — Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb or Kentucky
Before you jump at what appears to be easy money with Kentucky, remember Webb is just about all Vanderbilt has on offense. This could play against him as the Wildcats may make Kyle Shurmur beat them with his arm (which he likely can’t), or head coach Derek Mason won’t care and give Webb the ball 30 times against a defense ranked 67th in yards allowed per rush attempt.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 16 Arkansas (7 p.m. ESPN)
Number of ejections
These two teams don’t like one another, and this is Arkansas’ big chance to prove it’s a real contender in the SEC West. The home crowd and national stage will have the Razorbacks fired up, and the chances are one player will take things too far. Bet on one of Bret Bielema’s boys to get the hook, because we all know Nick Saban’s only get in trouble off the field (zing).
Georgia at South Carolina (2:30 p.m. Sunday, SEC Network)
Which South Carolina QB gets more snaps, Perry Orth or Brandon McIlwain?
Will Muschamp hasn’t announced a starter for Sunday but did say both guys will play. McIlwain had a brutal game agent Texas A&M last week (9 of 15, 34 yards and an interception) before Orth came in and went 11 of 18 for 138 yards. The Gamecocks have lost three of their last four, but a win over the Bulldogs would do wonders for Muschamp the rest of the season. If McIlwain, a freshman, struggles again, don’t expect Muschamp to wait until the fourth quarter to make a wholesale change at QB.