Six intra-conference affairs make up the SEC schedule this weekend, with LSU at No. 18 Florida and Auburn at Mississippi State kicking off at noon ET. The betting market expects competitive matchups in each. Both games opened offshore as 1-point contests, with the Bayou Bengals and Bulldogs laying the number in their respective games.
LSU squares off against the Gators as chalk for the sixth time in a row, going 4-1 straight up and 3-1-1 against the spread in the previous five meetings. Interim coach Ed Orgeron looks to carry offensive momentum into the Swamp, putting up 42 points in its win over Missouri on Saturday. It was just the second time in the last nine games LSU has topped its team total in the betting market. Since 2014, the Tigers average 15.9 points per game on the road against SEC opponents.
Auburn is receiving points against Mississippi State for just the third time since 2000. The Bulldogs are 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread in their last five as home chalk against the Tigers.
In the nation’s lone top-10 showdown, No. 9 Tennessee is a 6.5-point underdog vs. No. 8 Texas A&M at Kyle Field. The away trip is just the second time in the last two seasons the Vols kick off as road pups in conference play. It’s a spot where they fail to shock the betting market very often, going 4-26 straight up (15-14-1 ATS) in its last 30 attempts. This is the first meeting between the two programs since Tennessee upset the Aggies 38-7 as a 4.5-point underdog in the 2005 Cotton Bowl.
No. 1 Alabama opens a double-digit favorite for the 10th time in its last 11 games, laying 13.5-points to No. 16 Arkansas. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is a perfect 9-0 against the Razorbacks, kicking off chalk (-13.9 average line) in each matchup. Arkansas has trouble finding much offensive rhythm, averaging 13.3 points per game during Saban’s tenure.
Vegas favors Georgia by 9.5 points over South Carolina. It marks only the fifth time in the last six years the Gamecocks will kick off as home underdogs in SEC play; they are 2-2 straight up and 3-1 against the spread in the others. Georgia, meanwhile, has a tough time covering the number at Williams-Brice Stadium, going 4-11 against the spread in its last 15 trips.
Vanderbilt at Kentucky wraps up the schedule, the Wildcats installed as 2-point favorites. Vandy has covered the spread in the last five meetings, holding the Wildcats to 9.6 points per game.
Here’s a look at all the Week 6 opening lines for the SEC as set at the Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday:
|LSU at No. 18 Florida||Noon||Tigers -1^|
|Auburn at Mississippi State||Noon||Bulldogs -1|
|No. 9 Tennessee at No. 8 Texas A&M||3:30 p.m.||Aggies -6.5|
|Vanderbilt at Kentucky||4:00 p.m.||Wildcats -2|
|No. 1 Alabama at No. 16 Arkansas||7:00 p.m.||Crimson Tide -13.5|
|Georgia at South Carolina||7:30 p.m.||Bulldogs -9.5|
*All times ET
#Based on Wynn LV lines as of 6:15 p.m. ET Sunday
^Delayed opening at Wynn; offshore opening line