Four SEC teams are have byes this weekend, but there’s plenty of action to be had with the other 10 as dual-threat quarterbacks square off and top rushers get another chance to put up sensational numbers.
With that in mind, betting on point spreads and the over/under on total points is fun, but for those looking for something different — have a stab at the prop bets from around the conference.
(All times ET)
Mississippi State at BYU (Friday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN)
Which is higher — Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald completed passes or rush attempts
Rush attempts +200
Mississippi State’s offense is basically just Fitzgerald and 10 other dudes. He has 74 completed passes and has 64 rush attempts through five games and the Bulldogs average just 12 more passing yards per game than rushing. In two games this season, Fitzgerald had as many or more rushing attempts as completed passes. Mississippi State needs to get other players involved in the offense, but Fitzgerald will undoubtedly call his own number several times against the Cougars.
Vanderbilt at Georgia (Noon, SEC Network)
More rushing yards — Georgia RB Nick Chubb or Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb
Before the season it would have seemed obvious to think that either Chubb or LSU’s Leonard Fournette would be atop the conference in rushing yards. Instead, six weeks in we have Texas A&M freshman Trayveon Williams and Webb. Webb will likely get a heavier workload than Chubb as the Commodores pose no threat through the air. But Chubb is facing a much weaker run defense and had one of his better performances of the year last week against South Carolina with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS)
More total yards — Alabama QB Jalen Hurts or Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs
This freshman vs. senior showdown pits two of the conference’s best dual-threat quarterbacks against one another. Dobbs is the slight favorite here because Hurts has just two games with double-digits carries, while Dobbs has five straight. Dobbs also has better passing numbers, but the biggest factor here is that Alabama defense allowing just 292.5 yards per game, while the Volunteers defense allows 399.3.
Missouri at No. 18 Florida
Florida defensive interceptions (4 p.m., SEC Network)
This Florida secondary is for real. The Gators allow just 139.8 yards through the air to opposing offenses and have a conference-best eight interceptions through five games led by Teez Tabor (three) and Quincy Wilson (two). Missouri leads the SEC by a wide margin in pass attempts (208) with Drew Locke, so the Gators should have plenty of opportunities for turnovers. But despite the high volume of attempts, Lock has thrown multiple interceptions just once this season — three in a 28-27 loss to Georgia.
No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 22 Arkansas (7 p.m., ESPN)
Ole Miss defensive sacks
Ole Miss is tied for 11th in SEC with just nine sacks this season, but this week they face a struggling Arkansas offensive line that allowed seven to Alabama just last week. This gamble could come down entirely to game flow. If Arkansas can find a way to build an early lead, expect running back Rawleigh Williams to carry the load for the Razorbacks against a Rebels run defense ranked 90th in the country. But if Chad Kelly comes out hot and forces Austin Allen (one of the most-pressured QBs in the nation according to Pro Football Focus) to drop back 61 times like he did against Alabama, this defensive front may be able to pad its stats.
Southern Mississippi at LSU (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)
LSU running backs who rush for more than 100 yards
We know one of the backs won’t be Leonard Fournette. However, Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams proved themselves to be more than capable in the Tigers backfield when they each topped the century mark and scored three touchdowns against Missouri two weeks ago. Ed Orgeron has made it clear this offense will still be run-heavy and the Golden Eagles rank 69th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (159.5). But will both Guice and Williams get the necessary workload, or will one take the feature role?