Week 2 SEC betting lines
The constantly-bending SEC vs. the world narrative will collect its latest plot point Saturday when Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners visit Neyland Stadium.
Has Tennessee arrived? Perhaps with a stronger showing against Bowling Green, the Vols would be a pick ’em or even a favorite. But oddsmakers saw the UT secondary get picked apart and decided to give OU a one-point edge to start in this one.
SEC teams are favored in every other non-conference game, with Alabama, at better than five touchdowns, the largest favorite.
The late schedule features the first two SEC games of the year. Vegas will require you to lay more than a touchdown on South Carolina to beat Kentucky, which seems like a steep price. Both defenses remain suspect. Also, Vegas isn’t buying back-to-back wins for Mississippi State against LSU.
Here are the rest of the Week 2 lines. All 14 SEC teams play, though just one — Auburn against FCS member Jacksonville State — kicks off prior to 3:30 p.m. ET.
|Jacksonville State at Auburn||noon||Off|
|Fresno State at Ole Miss||3:30 p.m. ET||Rebels -24|
|Georgia at Vanderbilt||3:30 p.m. ET||Bulldogs -21|
|Middle Tennessee State at Alabama||4 p.m. ET||Crimson Tide -36.5|
|Toledo at Arkansas||4 p.m. ET||Razorbacks -22.5|
|Oklahoma at Tennessee||6 p.m. ET||Sooners -1|
|Ball State at Texas A&M||7 p.m. ET||Aggies -27|
|Missouri at Arkansas State||7 p.m. ET||Tigers -14.5|
|East Carolina at Florida||7 p.m. ET||Gators -14|
|Kentucky at South Carolina||7:30 p.m. ET||Gamecocks -7.5|
|LSU at Mississippi State||9:15 p.m. ET||Tigers -3.5|
*Based on Eastern Time Zone
#Based on Wynn LV lines as of 6 p.m. ET Sunday
Overall, SEC teams finished 8-4-1 ATS during Week 1. The four teams that failed to cover: Missouri, Kentucky, Auburn and Mississippi State.
Arkansas continued its sizzling ways, improving to 11-3 ATS dating to the beginning of the 2014 season. That’s after a big adjustment by Vegas this offseason, recognizing how well the Razorbacks played teams like Alabama.
The Vanderbilt game presented a lucrative opportunity, as the offensively-challenged Commodores did a nice job of limiting a potent Western Kentucky pass attack. The Commodores and Hilltoppers produced a combined 26 points, or more than 5 touchdowns shy of the over/under total of 65 released in Las Vegas last week.
Ole Miss was the team misjudged most by oddsmakers, as the Rebels embarrassed Tennessee-Martin of the Ohio Valley Conference, hanging 76 points on the Skyhawks to better the spread by 30 despite allowing a field goal.