SEC Football Week 6 Handicapping Guide
Conference play is in full swing in the SEC with a couple of huge showdowns on this upcoming Saturday’s slate. There are still six teams in the conference ranked in the AP Top 25 starting with 5-0 Alabama. LSU fell another notch to No.4 while Georgia held steady at No.5 and South Carolina remained ranked No.6. Florida moved into the top 10 at No.10 and the final SEC team in the poll is Mississippi State at No.20. The following is a look at a couple of the top matchups for Week 6 in the SEC along with betting lines as provided by Bookmaker.
No.4 LSU Tigers (-3) vs. No.10 Florida Gators
LSU’s lackluster effort last Saturday against Towson resulted in a 38-22 win as a 43-point favorite at home. The Tigers are 5-0 straight-up but just 2-3 against the spread. They also failed to cover as 18-point favorites on the road the week before in a 12-10 victory over Auburn.
The Gators moved to 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS with a 38-0 shutout of Kentucky two weeks ago and come into this game fresh off a bye week. They are averaging 30.5 points a game while their defense is ranked 10th in the country in points allowed; giving-up an average of just 12.8 points a game.
The Tigers have won three of the last five meetings SU but are just 2-4 ATS in the last six games. The last time they met in Gainesville, LSU squeezed-out a 33-29 win as a 6.5-point road favorite. The total in this series has gone OVER in four of the last five games.
No.5 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No.6 South Carolina Gamecocks (-2.5)
The lead in the SEC East Division will be up for grabs in this showdown. Georgia comes in at 5-0 SU but it has only covered in two of its games. Last Saturday, the Bulldogs won a 51-44 shootout against Tennessee as 13.5-point favorites at home. The total has now gone OVER in their last seven games.
South Carolina is also 5-0 SU and a profitable 4-1 ATS. It rolled over Kentucky this past Saturday as a 20-point favorite on the road after pasting Missouri 31-10 the week before as a 10.5-point home favorite. The total has gone OVER in three of its last four games.
The Gamecocks hold a 3-2 SU edge in the last five meetings and are 4-0-1 ATS. Last year, they beat the Bulldogs 45-42 as 2.5-point underdogs on the road after winning at home 17-6 the year before as three-point favorites. The total has gone OVER in two of the last three meetings after staying UNDER in the previous seven games.
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers (-7)
Vanderbilt is 1-3 SU (2-2 ATS) on the year, but it has already played South Carolina tough in a four-point loss at home and hung with No.24 Northwestern in a 10-point loss on the road. The Commodores’ defense is allowing just 22 points a game but its offense is only putting up an average of 21.8 points a game.
It has been a rough start for Missouri in conference play with a 41-20 loss to Georgia as a one-point home underdog followed by the loss to the Gamecocks. Overall, the Tigers are 3-2 SU and 2-2 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in their last three games.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools but Vanderbilt is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following a SU loss while Missouri is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games following a SU win. The total has gone OVER in eight of the Commodores last 11 games but has stayed UNDER in six of the Tigers last eight.
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