One of the SEC’s most prominent rivalry games, Florida vs. Georgia, highlights an otherwise so-so Week 9 schedule. Oddsmakers opened the No. 14 Gators 6.5-point favorites for the annual showdown at Jacksonville, just their third time taking the field as chalk in the last 7 meetings.
The line has undergone a significant adjustment since prior to the season. Vegas’ Golden Nugget sports book pinned the Bulldogs as 3-point chalk in its Game of the Year lines released in July. Georgia, however, is playing 11.9 points per game below the number, the SEC’s most underwhelming team in the betting market.
Florida provides mixed results when favored by a short price in past meetings. Since 1980, it is 5-6 straight up and against the spread in 9 contests laying single digits.
Ole Miss is a home underdog for only the second time in the last two seasons, gifting No. 15 Auburn a field goal. The Tigers have dominated the series since the 1970s, winning 27 of the last 33 matchups. They enter this year having covered 6 of 7 games this season. The Rebels, meanwhile, are 3-5 straight up and 6-2 against the spread as a home dog under coach Hugh Freeze.
South Carolina is getting two touchdowns as it hosts No. 18 Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks are 11-5 against the spread as double-digit home dogs in their last 16 games against SEC foes. Three of these matchups occurred against the Volunteers. South Carolina covered two, one of which included a 24-23 outright win as 13.5-point dogs back in 1992. This is the first meeting since 2006 that Tennessee is laying points in Columbia.
Kentucky hopes to keep its 4-game covers streak alive at Missouri, spotted 4.5 points. It’s the Wildcats’ best run against the number since besting it five times straight in 2007. Missouri fell to Kentucky 21-13 as 2.5-point underdogs last season, but is 3-0 straight up and against the spread as favorites in the matchup.
The battle of the Aggies sees No. 9 Texas A&M laying 42-points a home to New Mexico State, its most ever to a Sun Belt opponent. Texas A&M is a perfect 4-0 against the spread when favored by 40 points or more under coach Kevin Sumlin, winning by a 66.8 to 6.0 average score. It’s the second time this season Sumlin’s squad has spotted as many points, beating Prairie View A&M 67-0 as 52.5-point chalk in Week 2. New Mexico State, meanwhile, is winless in its last 17 against the SEC, going 4-13 against the spread.
Samford at Mississippi State is off the board, as oddsmakers delay lines with FCS opponents until later in the week. On average, Samford has kicked off a 31.2-point underdog in its last five games against SEC opponents, going 4-1 against the spread.
Here’s a look at all the Week 9 opening lines for the SEC as set at the Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday:
|Kentucky at Missouri||noon||Tigers -4.5|
|Florida vs. Georgia||3:30 p.m.||Gators -6.5|
|Samford at Mississippi State||3:30 p.m.||Off|
|Auburn at Ole Miss||7:15 p.m.||Tigers -3|
|Tennessee at South Carolina||7:15 p.m.||Volunteers -14.5|
|New Mexico State at Texas A&M||7:30 p.m.||Aggies (A&M) -42|
*Based on Eastern Time
#Based on Wynn Las Vegas lines as of 6:15 p.m. ET Sunday