After snapping an 11-game losing streak to No. 23 Florida with an 18-point comeback win (38-28) on Saturday, No. 11 Tennessee can take a commanding lead in the SEC East with a victory over No. 25 Georgia this weekend.
Oddsmakers suggest it is likely to happen, posting the Volunteers 4-point favorites in the only ranked conference clash in Week 5. It marks the third time in the last two decades Tennessee is laying points at Sanford Stadium (1996, 2006). The Bulldogs are winners of five of the past six meetings, dropping last year’s meeting 38-31 as 2-point chalk.
The Gators, meanwhile, travel to the Volunteer State in consecutive weeks, squaring off against Vanderbilt. The game is off the board in Vegas, but offshore outlets open Florida as a 8.5-point favorite. It has kicked off as double-digit chalk over the Commodores in all but one of the last 23 meetings, and could head that way once adjustments occur. The Gators have claimed victory in all but one during this span, a 34-17 upset as 11.5-point favorite at the Swamp in 2013. The average point spread during this stretch: 23.1 points.
South Carolina is a 15.5-point underdog as it hosts No.9 Texas A&M. The Aggies are road chalk in a SEC contest for just the second time since a Week 5 matchup against Arkansas in 2013 (-14).
Kentucky’s SEC win streak is projected to be short-lived, spotted 31 points against No. 1 Alabama by offshore oddsmakers. Like the Florida-Vanderbilt matchup, this game is off the board in Vegas as of publication. Head coach Mark Stoops picked up just his fifth conference victory in the Wildcats’ win over South Carolina (17-10) on Saturday, the third time he’s bested the Gamecocks. Kentucky is 1-24 straight up and 6-19 against the spread in its last 25 road contests in the SEC, kicking off 14.6-point pups on average. Scoring points against the vaunted Crimson Tide defense could prove a challenge. The unit is holding the Wildcats to 8.2 points per game in their last five trips to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Head coach Nick Saban was in charge for one visit, a 17-14 win as 15.5-point favorites in 2008.
A revamped Missouri offense, which leads the SEC with 2,278 total yards, faces a litmus test of sorts when it takes on LSU at Tiger Stadium as 14.5-point underdogs. The team scored 25 points total in four SEC road games in 2015. This is its first away trip this season. LSU, meanwhile, is 2-4 straight up and against the spread in its last six conference clashes. Head coach Les Miles was let go Sunday afternoon; Ed Orgeron will lead the team on an interim basis.
The best two-loss team in the nation, No. 16 Ole Miss, looks to avenge a 37-24 shock defeat as 10-point favorites to Memphis last year. Vegas opens the Rebels as 12-point chalk for this season’s Mid-South Rivalry.
Here’s a look at all the Week 5 opening lines for the SEC as set at the Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday:
|Alcorn State at Arkansas||noon||Off|
|Florida at Vanderbilt||noon||Gators -8.5**|
|Louisiana Monroe at Auburn||3:30 p.m.||Tigers -35|
|Tennessee at Georgia||3:30 p.m.||Vols -4|
|Texas A&M at South Carolina||4:00 p.m.||Aggies -15.5|
|Kentucky at Alabama||7:00 p.m.||Crimson Tide -31**|
|Memphis at Ole Miss||7:00 p.m.||Rebels -12|
|Missouri at LSU||7:30 p.m.||Tigers -14.5|
#Based on Wynn LV lines as of 6:15 p.m. ET Sunday
*All times ET
** Based on offshore sportsbook averages