SEC football resumes Saturday at noon ET as Missouri hosts Georgia and Kentucky hosts Louisiana-Monroe. There are a total of eight 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 Missouri
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Georgia -1.5 (opened -3)
Over/Under: 58.5 (opened 60)
Public: 67 percent Tigers

The Move: Georgia remains favored despite an indefinite suspension to star RB Todd Gurley.

Edwards: “The big line-movers are quarterbacks. The fact that Sony Michel, the five-star freshman, and Keith Marshall are out, and Gurley was the Heisman favorite at all the offshore sports books this week, you’d think it would move. But Nick Chubb has played well. He’s a big-time recruit just like Michel.

“Georgia still has a very solid offensive line, and Brendan Douglas, who was fifth string when everybody was healthy, got 84 carries last year. So they’ve got two backs they feel pretty decent about.

“I liked Missouri to win outright before the Gurley news. I think Gurley makes a three-point difference. A lot of oddsmakers will tell you SEC running backs are a dime a dozen. Gurley’s a team leader, so it’s got to affect Georgia’s mindset, and Hutson Mason hasn’t been that great. I think most UGA fans are a little disappointed in him so far.

“Missouri has a quarterback advantage with Maty Mauk, and I’ll take Gary Pinkel over Mark Richt as an in-game coach.”

The Play: Missouri.

Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Kentucky -21.5 (opened -20.5)
Over/Under: 49 (opened 47.5)
Public: 49 percent Wildcats

Edwards: “That was a huge win for Kentucky last week. It may be the last game they’re favored in all year. It’s a game they’re not necessarily super-duper gunning for. They could be a little flat.”

The Play: Stay away.

Auburn at Mississippi State
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Auburn -2.5 (opened -2.5)
Over/Under: 64 (opened 63)
Public: 60 percent Tigers

Edwards: “This is a heavyweight showdown. Now that Gurley’s out of the Heisman mix, Nick Marshall and Dak Prescott have the shortest odds. Prescott is just playing terrific right now. Some people may think Mississippi State is in a vintage letdown spot, but I don’t think so. They were at home last week. They didn’t have to travel. They had an open date the week before and it was a blowout win.

“Auburn was favored by 8.5 in August and I called this my SEC upset of the year. Now that seems kind of silly because we’re looking at a 2.5-point line. You look back last year and Mississippi State was the only team that kept Auburn’s running game in check at 3.3 yards per carry. Mississippi State held Auburn almost 100 yards lower than their second-lowest rushing output last year.

“Bernardrick McKinney is one of the best middle linebackers in the country. MSU also runs a similar style offense, so the defense works against it in practice every day. Mississippi State should’ve won on the Plains last year. I like Mississippi State to win outright.”

The Play: Mississippi State.

Chattanooga at Tennessee
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Tennessee -26 (opened OFF)
Over/Under: Off
Public: Off

Edwards: “Tennessee’s got to be down in the dumps after giving that game away last week. There’s no telling where their mindset is going to be for this one.”

The Play: Stay away.

Alabama at Arkansas
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Arkansas -9 (opened -9)
Over/Under: 56 (opened 55.5)
Public: 56 percent Crimson Tide

Edwards: “I made Alabama a 10-point favorite, but I’m not looking to play or go against them this week. The open date helps Arkansas after such a painful loss against Texas A&M.

“There’s a 70 percent chance of storms. Arkansas likes to run the ball, but it’s not like Alabama can’t run it extremely well also. There’s a lot of factors. You can see Alabama in revenge mode playing well, but Arkansas is so improved. They’re at home off an open date and you know they’re gunning big-time for this one.”

The Play: Stay away.

LSU at Florida
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Florida -1 (opened LSU -2.5)
Over/Under: 47 (opened 47)
Public: 67 percent Tigers

Edwards: “I think this is the most unpredictable game of the week. LSU looks like a mess. They haven’t been looking at a potential third loss this early in the season in a long time.

“Florida just looks horrible. How we won that game last week — I say we because I love the team — is beyond me. I couldn’t believe Will Muschamp waited so long to pull Jeff Driskel. Who knows how Driskel’s going to play? Who knows how LSU’s quarterbacks are going to play?

“Les Miles is OK with playing that Muschamp type of game, especially because he doesn’t have confidence in his quarterbacks right now and on the road.”

The Play: Consider taking the under.

Charleston Southern at Vanderbilt
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Vanderbilt -25 (opened OFF)
Over/Under: Off
Public: Off

The Play: Stay away.

Ole Miss at Texas A&M
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Texas A&M -1.5 (opened -3)
Over/Under: 65 (opened 63)
Public: 73 percent Aggies

Edwards: “I love A&M here. I made them a seven-point favorite. This is a vintage, classic letdown scenario. They’re still partying in Oxford. That was one of the biggest wins in school history. There’s bound to be a letdown there.

“Last week was a bad situation for A&M. They were coming off that overtime, physical come-from-behind win and had to travel to Dallas, then had to travel again. Mississippi State had two weeks to prepare for them. And then at the last minute, their best receiver, Malcome Kennedy, gets scratched.

“A&M had a ton of dropped passes last week. They haven’t played at home since Sept. 13. You know Kyle Field is going to be rocking and rolling. One of Ole Miss’ better defensive backs, Trae Elston, is suspended for the first half. I think this is a real good spot for A&M.”

The Play: Texas A&M.