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Vegas sharp breaks down Week 4 SEC games

Here’s a look at up-to-date betting information for each SEC contest, complete with analysis and picks from Brian Edwards.

Edwards, a long-time handicapper with an emphasis on SEC football, will provide his thoughts and insights on the line moves throughout the 2017 season. He is a University of Florida graduate and a weekly radio guest in Las Vegas, Omaha and Memphis.

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Note: All times Eastern. Lines and over/under totals are courtesy of Westgate Superbook and 5 Dimes.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington)

Kickoff: Noon
Friday Line: Texas A&M minus 2.5 (opened same)
Over/Under: 55
Public (ATS): 63 percent Texas A&M

Edwards’ Analysis: “The stakes couldn’t possibly be higher for these two coaches. I was of the belief that [Bret] Bielema wasn’t on the hot seat coming into the year, but with that performance against TCU, I think he’s right there. I think eight coaches in the SEC are on the hot seat. A&M hasn’t looked pretty in its last two wins, and Trayveon Williams sat out last week. He’s probable for this one.

“Last year, 45-24 [Texas A&M] was a very misleading final. Arkansas had those two trips deep in the red zone in the third quarter — one of them when it was tied and A&M made that goal line stand. Certainly Arkansas is due, and I give them the quarterback edge, but they just looked bad against TCU.”

The Play: Slight lean to Texas A&M

UMass at Tennessee

Kickoff: Noon
Friday Line: Tennessee minus 28 (opened -27)
Over/Under: 63.5
Public (ATS): 74 percent Tennessee

Edwards’ Analysis: “I wouldn’t lay 4 touchdowns with Butch Jones with Monopoly money. … Tennessee is beat to hell and back. [Darren] Kirkland, Austin Smith and Cortez McDowell were projected to be starting linebackers and they’re all out. I’m not playing UMass, though.”

The Play: Pass

No. 1 Alabama at Vanderbilt

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Friday Line: Vanderbilt plus 18.5 (opened same)
Over/Under: 43
Public (ATS): 77 percent Alabama

Edwards’ Analysis: “Ralph Webb is running hard, but his yard-per-carry average is 2.6. That’s not on him, he’s running hard. I just worry that Alabama is going to shut him down and Vandy becomes one-dimensional. I think Alabama’s D-line could put some pressure on [Kyle] Shurmur and force him into his first turnovers of the year.

“I’m not going to give up that many points against Vandy. They’re playing too well.”

The Play: Lean to the over

Louisiana Tech at South Carolina

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Friday Line: South Carolina minus 9.5 (opened -8.5)
Over/Under: 53
Public (ATS): 73 percent South Carolina

Edwards’ Analysis: “It’s a crushing loss for the Gamecocks with [the injury to] Deebo Samuel. He was playing like a first-team All-American. … South Carolina is 2-3 against the spread as a home favorite since [Will] Muschamp took over. La. Tech is 9-6 against the spread as a road underdog on Skip Holtz’s watch.

“Carolina’s in bounce-back mode here, but they’re not running the ball well enough to get me to lay a number.”

The Play: Pass

No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia

Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Friday Line: Georgia minus 4.5 (opened -6.5)
Over/Under: 48.5
Public (ATS): 64 percent Mississippi State

Edwards’ Analysis: “I think that Mississippi State has the quarterbacking advantage and the head coaching advantage. Right now, I’d say that [MSU defensive coordinator] Todd Grantham has been the best coordinator hire in the country. He used to be at Georgia, so I’m sure he’s been fired up all week to create a good scheme.

“I think it’s going to be a nail-biter. If I had to pick it straight-up, I’d definitely pick Georgia. But Nick Fitzgerald scares me. When you have the head coaching advantage and the quarterback advantage, you don’t lay points against that team.”

The Play: Pass

Syracuse at No. 25 LSU

Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Friday Line: LSU minus 21 (opened -23.5)
Over/Under: 56.5
Public (ATS): 55 percent Syracuse

Edwards’ Analysis: “Sorry to be such a fence sitter this week, but I don’t have any interest in this one. What an abysmal performance last week by LSU. Now [Derrius] Guice is going to play, so that’s good. ‘Cuse lost to Middle Tennessee at home. But when you score seven points, get your a– beat [in a] demoralizing [game], I can’t lay three touchdowns.”

The Play: Pass

No. 15 Auburn at Missouri

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Friday Line: Missouri plus 17.5 (opened +18)
Over/Under: 60
Public (ATS): 68 percent Auburn

Edwards’ Analysis: “It’s too big a number for Auburn with its offensive struggles right now. … After playing well in the first quarter against South Carolina, [Missouri] has had seven disastrous quarters of football. Barry Odom might be on as big a hot seat as Bielema. They’re not happy on the Plains, either. The loser of this game is going to be feeling the heat for sure.

“The play is the under. Auburn’s not doing anything offensively. Auburn’s defense is nasty. Missouri’s offense is struggling. That’s the play.”

The Play: Take the under, lean to Missouri for the side

No. 20 Florida at Kentucky

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Friday Line: Kentucky plus 1.5 (opened +3)
Over/Under: 44
Public (ATS): 69 percent Florida

Edwards’ Analysis: “That football game was so horrible to watch, especially if you’re a Gator or a Vol fan. That game was just awful. The last minutes, both coaches were mismanaging [the clock]. When you have a win like that, maybe it galvanizes your team. Florida’s got a lot of young guys playing. Maybe they keep getting better on defense.

“Offensively, they are terrible yet again. The glass half-full on [Jim] McElwain is that he’s 12-1 at home, he’s never lost a home SEC game and he’s 2 for 2 getting to Atlanta. The realistic view of it is that he’s winning a division that is in the dark ages. The division has been horrible for five or six years. So much so that South Carolina, Kentucky and Vandy are being thought of as legitimate contenders in the division. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have never even been in the mix in November. Not even once.

“I think it’s Kentucky or pass. Obviously, when you haven’t beaten a team in 30 years, that’s a huge edge. It’s probably going to be low scoring, so I’d probably lean to the under. On the side, ugh. I just can’t bet on the Gators. They’re gross right now.”

The play: Lean to the under