Mississippi State opens the Week 7 SEC schedule when it travels to Provo, Utah to take on BYU in a rare Friday night kickoff (10:15 p.m. ET). The Cougars, fresh off a 31-14 upset road victory over Michigan State, are touchdown favorites for the nonconference clash. This is the first time since a 2008 tilt at Georgia Tech (-8) that the Bulldogs have kicked off as road pups against a non-SEC opponent. Mississippi State bested BYU 44-28 as 2-point favorites in its last visit (2000) to LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Georgia and Vanderbilt kick off Saturday’s slate of conference action at noon. The line is off the board as of publication with Georgia beating South Carolina 28-14 late Sunday afternoon. The start time was pushed back a day by SEC officials due to Hurricane Matthew. The Bulldogs are 31-4-1 straight up in the last 36 meetings against the Commodores, spotting 16.3 points on average. Vandy has covered four of the last five matchups, including a 31-27 outright win as a touchdown dog in 2013.
Tennessee is a home underdog for just the third time in the last three seasons, getting 10 points against Alabama. Nick Saban is a perfect 9-0 straight up (6-3 ATS) against the Volunteers during his Crimson Tide tenure, winning by an average of 21.4 points per game. Heading east in conference play tends to reward Alabama backers of late. It is 12-2-1 against the spread in its last 15 road games vs. SEC East opponents.
The Missouri-Florida game is also off the board, presumably because of the Georgia-South Carolina game finishing just minutes before Vegas sports books released opening lines. The Tigers have kicked off underdogs in each of their four meetings with the Gators since joining the SEC. Going 3-1 against the spread, they have held Florida to 21 points or less in each.
Ole Miss opens a 6.5-point favorite against Arkansas, its fourth meeting in a row giving points. The Rebels are just 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 trips to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is 1-5 straight up and 3-3 against the spread as a home dog. His lone outright win was a 30-0 romp over the Rebels as a field-goal pup in 2014.
Southern Mississippi beat LSU 20-18 as a 4-point dog at Tiger Stadium the last time the two faced off in 1994. This matchup isn’t expected to be anywhere near as competitive according to oddsmakers. The Tigers open as 23-point chalk, a smidge below their -24.5 average versus Conference USA opponents
Here’s a look at the Week 7 opening lines as set at the Wynn Las Vegas featuring all the SEC programs:
|Mississippi State at BYU||10:15 p.m. (Friday)||Cougars -7|
|Vanderbilt at Georgia||Noon||Off|
|Alabama at Tennessee||3:30 p.m.||Crimson Tide -10|
|Missouri at Florida||4:00 p.m.||Off|
|Ole Miss at Arkansas||7:00 p.m.||Rebels -6.5|
|Southern Mississippi at LSU||7:30 p.m.||Tigers -23|
*Based on Eastern Time
#Based on Wynn Las Vegas lines as of 6:15 p.m. ET Sunday