The SEC has just one game that pits two ranked teams against one another, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t storylines aplenty throughout the day.
Fans will get their first look at an LSU team without Les Miles since 2004, Florida will try to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to Tennessee and Texas A&M will look to roll over South Carolina in another week leading to a highly anticipated clash with Alabama.
So, for those of you flipping channels and refreshing box scores like a madman, here are some SEC prop bets to keep things interesting from noon until midnight.
(All times ET)
Alcorn State at No.20 Arkansas (Noon, SEC Network/Watch ESPN)
Pass attempts — Arkansas QB Austin Allen
The Razorbacks should have a leisurely win Saturday against SWAC opponent Alcorn State, but they may not do it through the air. Allen has proven to be a fine quarterback through four games, but in last week’s loss to Texas A&M he was banged up in the second quarter. Seeing his starting QB shaken up likely didn’t sit well with coach Bret Bielema, so don’t expect Allen to be in harm’s way any more than necessary. Another solid indicator as to Allen’s projected numbers is Arkansas’ blowout win over Texas State, in which he threw the ball just 21 times.
No. 23 Florida at Vanderbilt (Noon, SEC Network/Watch ESPN)
More yards — Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb rushing or Florida WR Antonio Callaway receiving
Webb is a workhorse for Vandy with 94 carries for 472 yards through four games. However, Florida will come out angry Saturday, given the meltdown it suffered against Tennessee. Luke Del Rio will likely miss another game, but that won’t matter much for the explosive Callaway, who hauled in 4 passes for 134 yards against the Volunteers with Austin Appleby throwing the ball. Webb will certainly get another full workload with 20-plus carries, but Callaway’s ability to stretch the field makes him dangerous.
Louisiana Monroe at Auburn (3:30 p.m., SEC Network)
Total field goals — Auburn K Daniel Carlson
Carlson is Auburn’s MVP this season, making all 12 of his field goal attempts this season, including 6 in an 18-13 win over LSU a week ago. The Auburn offense has only 9 touchdowns through four games, but should be able to move the ball against a Louisiana Monroe defense allowing 290.7 rushing yards per game. The question is whether the Tigers can get the ball into the end zone and not repeatedly settle for three points.
No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Dropped passes — Georgia wide receivers
The Bulldogs have a serious case of the dropsies this season. Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason is dropping beautiful passes into his receivers’ arms, but they just can’t cling to them. Through four games, Georgia has dropped 17 of 135 pass attempts, or 12.6 percent of every ball that’s gone through the air. Tennessee has athletes in the secondary and it’s hard to envision a sharp turnaround in miscues for Georgia.
No. 9 Texas A&M at South Carolina (4 p.m., SEC Network)
More yards — South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain total or Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight rushing
Given Knight has just one outrageous rushing performance this season — 157 yards last week against Arkansas — the safe bet is clearly McIlwain. But the Gamecocks QB is still just a freshman and he’ll have a Myles Garrett-led defensive line in his face all day. And as good as the defensive front is, the South Carolina offensive line is that bad. This could get ugly for South Carolina.
Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama (7 p.m., ESPN)
Total yards — Alabama
Poor Kentucky. Just when the Wildcats earn a nice win over a conference foe, they have to travel to Tuscaloosa and get steamrolled by the No. 1 team in the nation. Despite a nice defensive outing against South Carolina last week, the Wildcats are still 109th in the nation in yards allowed per game (463). The Crimson Tide offense, on the other hand, is 31st, averaging 484 total yards.
Memphis at No. 16 Ole Miss (7 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU/SECN)
More touchdown passes — Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly or Memphis QB Riley Ferguson
The Memphis offense hasn’t missed much of a beat without Paxton Lynch. Ferguson has played incredibly well through his first three games with 843 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions. However, let’s keep in mind he’s gone up against defenses from Southeast Missouri State, Kansas and Bowling Green. As for Kelly, he seemed to hit his stride last week in a blowout win over Georgia.
Missouri at LSU (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)
Passing yards — LSU QB Danny Etling
Les Miles and Cam Cameron are gone and interim coach Ed Orgeron wants to open up the offense. Etling hasn’t thrown for more than 215 yards in a game this season, but that could change if the game plan calls on him to chuck the ball more, especially against a Missouri offense averaging 44.5 points per game. Not giving the ball to arguably the best back in the nation in Leonard Fournette sounds counterintuitive to winning, but LSU fans want to see a more explosive offense. And if Orgeron gives them just that and wins games along the way, he may just lose the interim tag.