Updated lines for SEC Games of the Year
Published on Thursday, 10/29/15, at 10:55 a.m. Eastern.
A few Quick Hitters before we get to the SEC GOY lines…
—My preview of a pair of Friday games filed to VegasInsider.com yesterday.
–Best wishes to Jerry Kill, who retired as Minnesota’s head coach yesterday due to health concerns. The Gophers are 13.5-point home underdogs Saturday vs. Michigan. Here’s more on Kill from Joe Christensen from the Minnesota Star-Tribune.
–Florida remains a three-point favorite vs. Georgia for Saturday’s SEC showdown in Jacksonville. UGA has won three of the last four, but UF has won 19 of the last 25. The Bulldogs beat Will Muschamp three times, but they were only victorious against Urban Meyer, Ron Zook and Steve Spurrier once (three times total).
–According to Jim McElwain in his post-practice meeting with the media yesterday, Florida freshman WR Antonio Callaway injured his foot at Wednesday’s practice and is now ‘questionable’ vs. Georgia. Callaway had a punt return for a TD and three catches for 100 yards in the 35-28 loss at LSU. He also had the game-winning TD grab in a comeback win over Tennessee. However, Callaway sent out this tweet early this morning…
I’m good for those who were wondering
— Antonio Callaway (@Ripbobby_G) October 29, 2015
–Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution dishes on how the McElwain hire has been a win for both Florida and its AD Jeremy Foley.
–If Georgia loses a one-possession game to Florida, is Mark Richt in trouble? I doubt it. If UGA loses vs. Florida, at Auburn and at Ga. Tech to finish 7-5 this year, is Richt in trouble? Absolutely.
–All indications are that Miami QB Brad Kaaya will not play Saturday at Duke. The Blue Devils are 10.5-point home favorites.
–Who will be Miami’s next coach? I’ll say former UM player, former FIU head coach and current Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal.
–There have been seven double-digit underdogs in SEC play this year. Those ‘dogs have compiled a 5-2 spread record. South Carolina is a 16.5-point underdog Saturday at Texas A&M. This stat doesn’t count non-conference games, but we’ll nonetheless note that Vandy is catching 12.5 at unbeaten Houston.
–Iowa’s leading rusher Jordan Canzeri is ‘out’ for Saturday’s home game vs. Maryland. The unbeaten Hawkeyes are favored by 17 points at most books.
–Oregon St. will be without its QB’s blind-side protector for the rest of the season. Junior OT Sean Harlow, who has 29 career starts, is out for the season with an ankle injury. Boise St. is dealing with the same thing, as senior OT Rees Odhiambo is out for the at least the rest of the regular season with an ankle injury. Odhiambo has 25 career starts to his credit.
–Auburn’s explosive pass-rushing DE Carl Lawson is back at practice this week and might play in Saturday’s home game vs. Ole Miss. Lawson has been out since a Week 1 win over Louisville.
–Ole Miss star DE Robert Nkemdiche was cleared to play vs. Texas A&M last Friday, but he was unable to go Saturday. He’s been cleared to play again this week and is expected to start at Auburn.
Odds courtesy of the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas…
Mississippi St. -7.5 at Missouri (Thursday)
Alabama -6.5 vs. LSU (Sportsbook.ag had ‘Bama -6 today)
Ole Miss -7.5 vs. Arkansas
Texas A&M -7.5 vs. Auburn
Georgia -4.5 at Auburn
LSU -10 vs. Arkansas
Alabama -7.5 at Mississippi St.
BYU -3.5 vs. Missouri (in Kansas City)
Ole Miss -1 vs. LSU
Arkansas -13 vs. Missouri
Alabama -12.5 at Auburn
Florida -4 vs. FSU
Georgia -5.5 at Ga. Tech
Kentucky -2.5 vs. Louisville
Ole Miss -3.5 at Mississippi St.
Clemson -13.5 at South Carolina
Tennessee -13.5 vs. Vanderbilt