SEC football resumes Saturday at noon ET as Tennessee hosts Florida and Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M. There are a total of six conference games 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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Florida at Tennessee
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Tennessee -2.5 (opened -1.5)
Over/Under: 54 (opened 55)
Public: 68 percent Vols

Edwards: “I made Tennessee a two-point favorite. It’s not a game I’m going to be playing. The Gators have had two weeks to prepare. This is the make-or-break game of the Will Muschamp era, and he knows it. He’s got an uphill job for him to retain his job if they lose this one. It’s a monster game for both teams, but especially for Florida.

“Leon Orr, a starting defensive tackle, is out for the Gators. Starting linebacker and co-leading tackler is a major question mark, but his backup is a young stud. I don’t think Taylor’s absence affects how you handicap the game.

“It’s all about Jeff Driskel to me. He played terrific against Tennessee two years ago. The Gators scored 24 unanswered after falling behind by seven in the third quarter.”

The Play: Stay away.

Texas A&M at Mississippi State
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Mississippi State -2.5 (opened -1)
Over/Under: 70.5 (opened 67)
Public: 55 percent Bulldogs

Edwards: “We’ll see what Texas A&M has left in the tank. Obviously that was a draining, intense, emotional game in overtime last week. It’s tough to get up back-to-back weeks, but they’ve got to get up. It’s the biggest game in Starkville, Miss., in a long time, and they’ve had two weeks to prepare. We’ll find out how mature this Bulldogs team is following one of their biggest wins in a long, long time.

“I made A&M a two-point favorite, but I’ve already bet on it because I’ve got a big investment on Mississippi State over the 7.5 wins for the season. So I feel like I’ve already got a bet and I don’t have to lay the 2.5.

“It’s going to be a great game. I think it’s a tossup. We’ll see who plays better out of Kenny Hill and Dak Prescott. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s key. They’re both studs.”

The Play: Stay away.

Alabama at Ole Miss
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Alabama -4.5 (opened -5.5)
Over/Under: 52.5 (opened 50.5)
Public: 78 percent Crimson Tide

The Play: Lean to Alabama, especially if it gets to minus-4.

Vanderbilt at Georgia
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Georgia -33.5 (opened -32)
Over/Under: 55.0 (opened 57.5)
Public: 50 percent Commodores and Bulldogs

Edwards: “I think the number’s too high. I made it Georgia minus-28. But I don’t know what the hell Derek Mason’s doing. His second-best running back (Brian Kimbrow) is suspended. He only gave him one touch and he fumbled, and he never put him back in the game and now he’s suspended. Jordan Cunningham, the receiver, quit the team. I just think that locker room’s a mess.

“Vandy’s obviously not a play-on team, but they did cover last week. I think the number’s a little high. I don’t want to play it.”

The Play: Vanderbilt if you’re brave.

LSU at Auburn
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Auburn -8 (opened -8.5)
Over/Under: 57.5 (opened 56)
Public: 56 percent LSU Tigers

Edwards: “I probably would’ve made Auburn a six or seven-point favorite before the season. I think the number is about right.

“LSU is 6-7 ATS on the road as an underdog under Les Miles. LSU has won three in a row and six of the last seven outright. It’s a big revenge game for Auburn, who is 6-3 as a home favorite under Gus Malzahn.

“There are a couple of key injuries to LSU’s secondary. Brandon Harris’ first career start comes on the road and at night, but Harris has been dynamite. The kid’s just a playmaker. We’ll see what he’s made of. I think they will be.

“I just get the sense Auburn will pull away and cover. As long as he doesn’t have to make clock management decisions, Les Miles is a great coach. He’s one of the best motivators around. He’ll have his boys ready. I think they’ll play hard.”

The Play: Slight lean to Auburn.

South Carolina at Kentucky
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: South Carolina -3.5 (opened -5.5)
Over/Under: 56.5 (opened 55)
Public: 55 percent Gamecocks

Edwards: “I would’ve said South Carolina was probably a 14-point favorite back in August, so I think we’re getting great line value here. They lose last week, but the defense is getting better. They had 10 consecutive stops last week against Missouri, which is pretty impressive.

“I never say anything bad about Steve Spurrier and I guess I’ll give him credit because he owns it, but that is just an awful decision not to go for two midway through the fourth quarter when you take a 12-point lead. That’s just automatic. He doesn’t make those mistakes, but that was awful.

“I made South Carolina an eight-point favorite. I think we’ve got good value with the line. Spurrier is 20-1 straight up lifetime against Kentucky. Mark Stoops is 0-4-1 ATS as a home underdog.

“I’m also considering the under. Kentucky hasn’t played a bunch of offensive juggernauts by any means, but Kentucky’s defense is vastly improved.”

The Play: South Carolina with a moderate lean to the under.