This week’s big battle in the SEC East sees No. 19 Florida spotted 7.5 points at No. 14 Tennessee. The Gators will be without starting quarterback Luke Del Rio for the contest after the redshirt sophomore sustained what is believed to be a knee strain in the team’s 32-0 victory over North Texas. Florida sports an 11-game win streak over the Volunteers, kicking off as an 8-point favorite on average during the run. In the last 28 meetings, Tennessee has never gone off greater than 5-point chalk.
Oddsmakers open No. 10 Texas A&M a field-goal favorite over No. 17 Arkansas in the Southwest Classic at AT&T Stadium. The number marks the sixth year in a row the Aggies have been favored to win. Coach Kevin Sumlin’s squad is coming off a hard-fought, 29-16 road victory over Auburn, and can anticipate another dogfight in this one. Arkansas has stretched the last two meetings into overtime, but has not won outright since 2011.
In other SEC West action, Vegas is giving Auburn 4 points as it hosts No. 18 LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium. This is only the third time coach Les Miles has been favored in the Plains, where he is 1-4 against the spread.
The board shows No. 12 Georgia a 6-point pup against No. 23 Ole Miss for their noon ET kickoff, which is the Bulldogs’ first visit to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in five years. Georgia owns a 10-game win streak in the matchup, kicking off as double-digit chalk in the last five meetings. It’s 3-1 against the spread in its last four as an away dog in Oxford.
Kentucky is chalk in an SEC contest for just the third time since 2010 (42 games), laying 1.5 points to South Carolina. Coach Mark Stoops is on the hot seat after an ugly 1-2 start in which the Wildcats have yielded 42 points or more in each game. A meeting against the Gamecocks may be just what he needs to turn around the season. Two of Stoops’ four career conference wins have come against South Carolina.
Kent State and No. 1 Alabama get the honor for the most lopsided line of the week. The Crimson Tide open as 41.5-point chalk, the 13th time they have laid 40-plus points under coach Nick Saban. Alabama is 4-8 against the spread in the others.
Delaware State at Missouri is off the board, as lines against FCS opponents are typically delayed until later in the week.
Here’s a look at all the Week 4 opening lines for the SEC as set at the Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday:
|Kent State at Alabama||Noon||Alabama -41.5|
|No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Ole Miss||Noon||Ole Miss -6|
|No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee||3:30 p.m.||Tennessee -7.5|
|Mississippi State at Massachusetts||3:30 p.m.||Georgia -25|
|Delaware State at Missouri||4 p.m.||Off|
|Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky||4:30 p.m.||W. Kentucky -7.5|
|No. 18 LSU at Auburn||6 p.m.||LSU -4|
|South Carolina at Kentucky||7:30 p.m.||Kentucky -1.5|
|No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (Arlington)||9 p.m.||Texas A&M -3|
*All times ET
#Based on Wynn LV lines as of 6:15 p.m. ET Sunday