Published October 20, 2012 - 9:55am
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It’s Game Day, Ladies and Gentlemen of the SEC. Time to crack open an ice cold beverage and settle in for a big day of football. Thankfully, the big games start early with LSU/TAMU at Noon Eastern. If you’re like me and have little ones wake you up early on Saturdays, then I recommend a mid-day 5 Hour Energy (and no they didn’t pay me to say that).
Let’s look at the games today and where the Vegas spreads currently sit.
We start with College Station, Texas. Two one-loss teams square off when LSU visits Texas A&M. I’m as big a fan of Johnny Football as there is, but right now the Aggies’ best win is Louisiana Tech. And they gave up a 57 spot to them. My position is that LSU has momentum after losing to Florida then beating a very good South Carolina team. The Aggies haven’t faced a physical team since Florida, and LSU’s defense in week 8 is much better than Florida’s from week 2. This game opened with LSU as a 3-point favorite, and it’s pretty much stayed put all week.
Read more on LSU-Texas A&M.
Let’s go to the SEC East battle when South Carolina takes on Florida in Gainesville, FL. This game opened with Florida as a 3.5 favorite, and it’s pretty much stayed put as well. Some places have Florida favored by 4. Like other recent in-conference matchups between top teams such as LSU, Florida, SC and Georgia, the home team has been favored each time and the home team has won each time. So, it’s no surprise that the home team is favored here at this time.
Read more on South Carolina-Florida.
Auburn goes to Vanderbilt to try and salvage some respect for the 2012 team. This line opened with Vandy as a 9-point favorite which is mind blowing to me. The line has since moved to 7 which is where it sits now. Still, Vanderbilt at home is a full touchdown favorite over the reeling Auburn Tigers.
Alabama at Tennessee features long-term cross-divisional rivals in very different places squaring off in Neyland Stadium. Alabama really hasn’t been tested much, and while Tennessee is struggling again this year, it’s still an important game for the Tide in a testy road environment. This line opened up at 18.5 in favor of Alabama, and like most Alabama games, the Tide’s spread extended over the course of the week. The line currently sits at 20.
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In Lexington, the Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Kentucky Wildcats. With the Dawgs’ explosive offense, they are heavy favorites. The line opened at 27, and currently sits at 26.
Mississippi State takes on Middle Tennessee State and is a 19 point favorite. This is down from 20 which is where the line opened at the start of the week.
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Or, check out our week 8 predictions for more insights into who might win today.
Lastly, you have until kickoff a couple hours from now to fill out your “Pick Ten” for this week.