SEC football resumes Saturday at noon ET. There are a total of seven 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 Tech at Georgia
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Georgia -12.5 (opened -13)
Over/Under: 65.5 (opened 66)
Public: 61 percent Bulldogs

Edwards: “UGA is still alive for everything (pending Mizzou’s result vs. Arkansas), so this game is crucial in so many ways. Paul Johnson has lost five in a row to Georgia since beating it in his first season (2008). The Dawgs have won 12 of the last 13. I’m not playing this game, but I slightly lean to the Yellow Jackets to cover, although I don’t see an upset in the making. If Mizzou clinches the SEC East on Friday, I like GT’s chances to cover even more.

The Play: Slight lean to Georgia Tech.

Kentucky at Louisville
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Louisville -13.5 (opened -13)
Over/Under: 52.5 (opened 53)
Public: 54 percent Cardinals

Edwards: “There’s a history of teams upsetting Notre Dame and then going down the next week. It happened to Arizona State a few weeks ago when it lost at Oregon State (although technically ASU was a short favorite vs. the Irish). Pitt beat Notre Dame last season and then lost to UNC the next week. In 2011, USC upset ND as a 9.5-point ‘dog, but lost to Stanford the next week. In 2010, Navy lost to Duke a week after stunning the Irish. Hell, going all the way back to 1993, Boston College shocked the Irish a week after Notre Dame beat Charlie Ward and top-ranked FSU to become No. 1. But a week later, BC went down against West Virginia.

“But I’m not seeing that here with U of L because Kentucky has lost five in a row and has been horrible on the road all season. I’m on the sidelines for this one.”

The Play: Stay away.

South Carolina at Clemson
Kickoff: Noon ET
Friday Line: Off (opened -4.5)
Over/Under: Off
Public: Off

Edwards: “I like South Carolina to win outright at Clemson. The Gamecocks have won five in a row both SU and ATS over Clemson and each victory has come by double digits. Dylan Thompson got the surprising start two seasons ago in Death Valley when Connor Shaw wasn’t 100-percent healthy. Thompson lit the Tigers up for 310 passing yards and three TDs without an interception.

“Even if Deshaun Watson plays, he’ll be rusty and won’t be 100 percent. He’s missed six games in a row with the exception of a few series in the first quarter vs. Louisville and at Georgia Tech, and Clemson is 0-6 ATS in those games. The reports of OC Chad Morris going to SMU to be its next head coach can’t help, nor can the rumors/reports, albeit erroneous in my opinion, of Dabo Swinney flirting with the Florida job.

“Take Steve Spurrier’s team plus the points and (for less amount-wise) on the money line. Thompson and Mike Davis will lead the way and Clemson’s pedestrian offense won’t be able to keep up despite facing a mediocre South Carolina defense.”


The Play: South Carolina.

Florida at Florida State
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Florida State -7.5 (opened -7.5)
Over/Under: 53 (opened 52)
Public: 62 percent Seminoles

Edwards: “FSU is 1-8 ATS when favored by more than seven this year. Florida has won outright in four of its last five trips to Tallahassee. The Gators have the best defense (and best defensive coach) the Seminoles have faced this year.

“Say what you want about Will Muschamp, but this team should be going into this game with a 9-2 record (with one of those defeats at top-ranked Alabama). UF absolutely handed LSU and South Carolina victories in Gainesville. These UF players love Muschamp and would love nothing more than to carry him off the field on their shoulders — the same way Ron Zook left Doak Campbell after being fired a decade ago.

“Take the Gators plus the points, and I’ve got a feeling we might see the outright upset.”

The Play: Florida.

Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Mississippi State -2.5 (opened -1)
Over/Under: 49 (opened 49.5)
Public: 87 percent Bulldogs

Edwards: “I just feel like Ole Miss’ season died at the one-inch line when Laquon Treadwell was injured and fumbled against Auburn. Bo Wallace doesn’t feel like he has enough help and is pressing, and I don’t think he’s going to be 100-percent healthy this week, either.

“Sure, it’s a rivalry game and the Rebels are at home, so if it can find some life by making a few plays early to keep the crowd in the game, this game could certainly go their way. But I think Mississippi State takes care of business to keep its playoff hopes alive. Lay the short number with the Bulldogs.”

The Play: Mississippi State.

Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Tennessee -17 (opened -17)
Over/Under: 49.5 (opened 49.5)
Public: 80 percent Vols

Edwards: “Nothing excites me about Vandy, especially after that disastrous performance in Starkville last week. However, I’m hesitant to lay this big number with the Vols because of personnel issues. All-SEC LB A.J. Johnson remains out and stud WR Marquez North is done for the season. Also, WR Jason Croom injured his knee at practice Tuesday to leave his status in doubt. This is a pass for me. UT wins outright, but I’m not sure if it’ll cover or not.

The Play: Stay away.

Auburn at Alabama
Kickoff: 7:45 p.m. ET
Friday Line: Alabama -9 (opened -0)
Over/Under: 54 (opened 53.5)
Public: 65 percent Alabama

Edwards: “I’m all over Alabama. Auburn’s defense is just an unmitigated disaster, giving up at least 31 points in five straight SEC games. And obviously, there’s a huge revenge angle for the Crimson Tide, not to mention the home-field advantage and the motivation to clinch the SEC West.

The Play: Alabama.