SEC Football Week 2 Handicapping Guide
There were no real surprises in the SEC for Week 1 of the 2012 college football season with the exception of No.9 South Carolina having a tougher time than expected against Vanderbilt in the only conference showdown. The following is a look at a couple of the top matchups this week in the SEC along with betting lines as provided by 5Dimes.
Saturday, Sept. 8
No.23 Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies (-1.5)
Florida was a 28-point home favorite in its season opener against the Mid-American Conference Bowling Green Falcons but only managed to come away with a 27-17 win and led by just three points heading into the fourth quarter. The total stayed UNDER the 47.5-point line. There could be some cause for concern in this conference opener if the Gators once again get off to a slow start.
The Aggies have to be chomping at the bit to get their season started after their opening day game against Louisiana Tech was postponed due to weather. This Saturday will be Texas A&M’s first game in the SEC after leaving the Big 12 this past year and it would love nothing more than to pin a loss on its new conference rival.
The Gators are now just 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 games and they are 4-8-2 ATS in their last 14 games on the road. The Aggies are 10-4 SU in their last 14 home games but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
No.6 Georgia Bulldogs (-3.5) at Missouri Tigers
Georgia came away with a comfortable 45-23 victory over Buffalo in its season opener but came nowhere close to covering as a 38.5-point home favorite. The total went way OVER the 55-point line. Todd Gurley rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns while Aaron Murray threw for 258 yards and three more TD’s.
Missouri makes its debut in the SEC after rolling over Southern Louisiana 62-10 in a game that had no posted lines. The Tigers will be thoroughly tested this week especially since their passing game was virtually non-existent last week. The offense piled-up 261 yards on the ground but could only manage 191 yards in the air.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 SU in their last six games on the road and 11-2 SU in their last 13 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 SU in their last five games and 15-1 SU in their last 16 games at home. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last eight regular season games.
Washington Huskies at LSU Tigers (-23.5)
Washington opened-up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter of its season opener against San Diego State but had to hold on for 21-12 victory as a 15-point home favorite. The total stayed UNDER the 55.5-point line. Keith Price looked sharp at quarterback for the Huskies; completing 71.4 percent of his attempts for 222 yards and one touchdown.
LSU crushed North Texas in its opener 41-14 but could not cover as a 44-point home favorite. The total went OVER the 52.5-point line. Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue both looked impressive running the ball for the Tigers with a combined 264 yards on 29 carries. Hilliard scored twice on the ground on a 38 yard run in the first quarter and a five-yard burst in the second.
The Huskies are 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road. The total has gone OVER in four of their last six road games. The Tigers are 15-1 SU in their last 16 games and 22-1 SU in their last 23 games at home. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven home games.
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