SEC football resumes Saturday at noon ET as Kentucky hosts Georgia. There are a total of six games with at least one conference member on the day.

Brian Edwards, a long-time Las Vegas handicapper with an emphasis on SEC football, will provide his thoughts and insights on the line moves throughout the 2014 season. Edwards, a University of Florida graduate, is a weekly radio guest in Las Vegas, Omaha and Memphis and makes regular appearances on Chad Millman’s betting podcast on

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Georgia at Kentucky
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Georgia -10.5 (opened -11)
Over/Under: 56 (opened 58.5)
Public: 63 percent Bulldogs

Edwards: “I made Georgia an 11-point favorite, so I think it’s a pretty good number. Georgia’s defensive performance last week is baffling. They were so good against Missouri and in the first half against Arkansas. And to lose like that against an offense that has been so downright atrocious that’s clearly running the ball at you play after play after play, and you cannot stop it? It’s baffling. Just an unfathomably disheartening defeat for Georgia.

“But there’s no reason for them to fold their tent. I would still say Georgia’s the favorite to win the SEC East. Kentucky’s been a very good team at home this year. They’re 5-1 ATS at home. They covered both games as a home underdog. But they’ve lost three in a row by double digits, so maybe that early-season confidence is waning a little bit. It’s just a game that I don’t like. I think it’s a good number.”

The Play: Stay away.

Presbyterian at Ole Miss
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Off in Vegas; Ole Miss -49 overseas (opened -47)
Over/Under: Off
Public: Off

The Play: Stay away.

Texas A&M at Auburn
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Auburn -23 (opened -19)
Over/Under: 68 (opened 67.5)
Public: 78 percent Tigers

Edwards: “Your best quarterback’s suspended. The freshman QB Kyle Allen did not look particularly good last week, and then you lose your second-best offensive lineman Germain Ifedi for the season. And then Dehsazor Everett is doubtful. He’s one of the better run defenders in the SEC as a secondary player, which is what you need against Auburn. He’s a cornerback, but he was fourth on the team in tackles last year with 73.

“Texas A&M was a double-digit underdog when it won outright at Bama the year Johnny Manziel won the Heisman and a double-digit underdog at Bama this year. But this is the richest underdog spot in Kevin Sumlin’s tenure at A&M.

“A&M has lost the last five against the spread. But Auburn’s defense has got issues. I don’t think I’m going to play the game. If Kenny Hill was healthy and we had this sort of number I would play A&M. We saw an exaggerated number with Auburn against South Carolina, but I was confident in South Carolina’s offense that week. I don’t know that I’d have much confidence in A&M’s offense.”

The Play: Stay away.

UT-Martin at Mississippi State
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Off in Vegas; Mississippi State -43.5 overseas (opened 45)
Over/Under: Off
Public: Off

The Play: Stay away.

Florida at Vanderbilt
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Florida -14.5 (opened -14)
Over/Under: 45 (opened 45.5)
Public: 62 percent Gators

Edwards: “Vanderbilt has won five of six ATS. Freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary gained some confidence last week. Granted, it was the Old Dominion defense, but he went 20 of 29 for 281 yards and 5 touchdowns. That’s got to be a huge boost for his confidence.

“Last week was Florida’s best performance in a long time, but because of it you get some extra points added to this number. Before last week, don’t you think if you told Florida fans you’re going to win by 10 or 14, it’s like, ‘Woo-hoo!’ It’s North of 14.

“I know there’s all the motivation in the world to look good and earn style points to keep Muschamp’s job, because last week was not enough to keep his job. I think if they play well these next three weeks, look like they know what they’re doing offensively, can maybe pass the ball, he saves his job … but that could lead to them putting Treon Harris into some situations where maybe he makes a mistake or two.”

The Play: Slight lean to the over and Vanderbilt.

Alabama at LSU
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Alabama -6.5 (opened -6.5)
Over/Under: 45 (opened 45.5)
Public: 64 percent Crimson Tide

Edwards: “Alabama is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games as a road chalk. This is Les Miles’ 10th season. He has only been a home dog five times, twice this year. He’s 3-2 ATS in those five games and he’s won two of them outright, one being Ole Miss the last time out. The other was when they beat Alabama, 24-21, as a six-point dog in 2010.

“I lean to the over here. You look at Alabama’s games and this is their lowest total of the season. LSU wants to grind it out and have a pace that’s suitable to low scoring. I’d say Alabama wins seven out of 10 times this year at LSU at night, but it could easily be one of those three other times tomorrow night.

“I think on a neutral field Alabama is a 10-point favorite. At Alabama, they’re at least 13, maybe 14.”

The Play: Consider the over.