Week 6 betting lines: Three SEC West matchups should be close
No. 6 Texas A&M travels to No. 12 Mississippi State on Saturday for what will be one of the most anticipated matchups in the SEC to date. Both teams have exciting quarterbacks in Kenny Hill and Dak Prescott, and both teams have shot up in the rankings after upsetting another SEC team (South Carolina and LSU, respectively).
The early line in Vegas suggests a competitive game as well, with CG Technology setting the game as a pick ’em. Two weeks ago, A&M likely would have opened as a significant favorite, but then the Bulldogs beat LSU on the road and the Aggies nearly fell to Arkansas.
The other marquee game, Alabama at Ole Miss, favors the Tide by six points in the first Vegas line released Sunday. Out of six games featuring a pair of SEC teams, only one features a double-digit line — Vanderbilt at Georgia — while Vegas projects half the games to be closer than a touchdown.
We should be in for some thrilling football Saturday.
Here are the rest of the Week 6 lines. Arkansas and Missouri are off.
|Florida at Tennessee||Noon||Pick ‘Em|
|Texas A&M at Mississippi State||Noon||Pick ‘Em|
|Alabama at Ole Miss||3:30 p.m.||Alabama -6|
|Vanderbilt at Georgia||4 p.m.||Georgia -32.5|
|LSU at Auburn||7 p.m.||Auburn -9.5|
|South Carolina at Kentucky||7:30 p.m.||South Carolina -8|
*Based on Eastern Time Zone
#Based on CG Technology lines as of 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday
Ole Miss needed 17 fourth-quarter points to pull off a gambling push, as the line closed at Rebels minus-21 just before kickoff, much to the disappointment of several Vegas sharps who backed the Tigers. The Rebels are the only SEC team unbeaten against the spread, falling to 3-0-1.
Kentucky needed a questionable touchdown to beat Vanderbilt, 17-7, at home, failing to cover the 17-point spread. The Wildcats now are 3-1 ATS in 2014. Speaking of Vandy…
Vegas sports books don’t release game totals until Wednesday, but Vanderbilt-Georgia should be interesting. The Commodores again failed to score an offensive touchdown Saturday — that’s right, again — while the Bulldogs went over the posted total for the fourth time in four games by giving up 32 points to Tennessee, making Justin Worley look like an All-SEC candidate in the process.
By taking Texas A&M to overtime, Arkansas ensured it would cover the 8.5 points and improved to 4-1 ATS this season. It was the first time all year that a Razorbacks game went under the total. A&M-Arkansas finished at “just” 63 points in spite of overtime.