SEC Week 2 Overview: Georgia's Defense Will Dog South Carolina

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 1:11 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018 1:11 PM UTC

The Georgia defense should shine against rival South Carolina on Saturday. In other SEC action, Texas A&M is the only program catching points versus No. 2 Clemson in another tune-up week for many. 

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="" title="Game Odds">SEC Spotlight: No. 3 Georgia (-9.5) at South Carolina</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Free NCAAF Pick: Georgia -9.5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3447745, "sportsbooksIds":[238,169,1389,999996,1275], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>South Carolina (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) cruised to a 49-15 victory over Coastal Carolina in the season opener, the program’s most points in a matchup since dropping 70 on the Chanticleers in 2013. Past results suggest the Gamecocks won’t come any where close to this number hosting SEC rivals Georgia (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS).</p><p>Generating a competitive offense against elite competition is head coach Will Muschamp’s downfall. The Gamecocks have played six ranked Power 5 opponents under the defensive guru. They scored more than 13 points in just one, a 24-21 upset win over then-No. 18 Tennessee as 15-point underdogs in 2016. USC musters just 276 total yards and 11.8 points per game in this spot.</p><p>The Bulldogs are 11-2 SU and 8-5 ATS on the road against unranked Power 5 programs behind head coach Kirby Smart. They have eclipsed their projected team total in but three contests, averaging 34.0 points per game. This includes 24-10 and 28-14 victories over USC the last two seasons. <a href="" title="Live NCAAF Odds">Georgia is 5-1 ATS when laying less than 19 points</a>, covering a -9.4 average line by 10.8 points per game in the aforementioned scenario.</p><p>Some analysts are pointing to a trendy upset pick here, but don’t be tempted. The talent gap in this rivalry is too wide. <a href="" title="Free NCAAF Picks">The Bulldogs roll 31-14 and top the number</a>.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Take it. Cash it in. Put it on the board.&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#GoDawgs&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#GeorgiaFootball&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;September 2, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Around the SEC (All Games Saturday)</h2><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Nevada at Vanderbilt (-10)</a>, noon ET, on SEC Network:</strong> Since 2010, Vanderbilt (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) has lost just one of 18 outright as a home favorite hosting a non-conference opponent. Nevada (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) runs an Air Raid offense, which could prove tricky. Since 2008, the Commodores average 41.7 points per game has home chalk with a total of 55 or greater. Over 61.5, anyone?</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">No. 18 Mississippi State (-7.5) at Kansas State</a>, noon ET, on ESPN:</strong> Over the last 20 years, the SEC is 41-8 SU and 32-17 ATS (65.3 percent) laying points against Big 12 opponents. A single-digit line sees the cover rate jump to 74.3 percent (26-9 ATS). With all due respect to the legendary Bill Snyder, Kansas State (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) is overmatched on both sides of the ball by Mississippi State (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Arkansas State at No. 1 Alabama (-36.5)</a>, 3:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN2: </strong>Alabama (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) is just 3-7 SU against Sun Belt foes under head coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide often pull their foot off the gas late in blowouts, scoring just 14.6 second-half points. The most profitable and predictable wager is betting "under" in contests with a total of 54 points or higher. It is a perfect 6-0, a 40.0 combined score coming up 15.6 points shy of a 55.6 average total. The Arkansas State (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) total is the highest yet with 63.5 initial offer.</p><p><strong>East Tennessee State at Tennessee (OFF), 4 p.m. ET, on SEC Network:</strong> FCS East Tennessee State (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) was a dormant program from 2003-2014 due to financial difficulties. This paycheck is needed for survival. The Buccaneers have zero chance at winning, and dare not bite the hand that feeds them. Tennessee (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) romps in a much-needed confidence boost. Lay whatever the number.</p><p><strong>Southern Illinois at Ole Miss (OFF), 4 p.m. ET, on SEC Network:</strong> The "over" has hit in eight straight with Ole Miss (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) laying points at home. The final score totals 74.5 points. Lean the bet with an experienced Southern Illinois (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) team coming to town fresh off a 49-point effort.</p><p><strong>Southeastern Louisiana at No. 25 LSU (OFF), 7 p.m. ET:</strong> This LSU (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) defense is special. It’s hard to see Southeastern Louisiana (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) getting out of single digits here. In three prior SEC matchups since 2008, the Lions average 8.4 points per game, never posting greater than 10. A score comes late in the fourth quarter, if at all.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Wyoming at Missouri (-16.5)</a>, 7 p.m. ET:</strong> NFL-bound QB Drew Lock averages 9.6 yards per passing attempt and 3.1 TDs under center when Missouri (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) kicks off a home favorite. The Tigers roll to 42.3 points per game. Wyoming (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) puts up 15.0 per tilt in seven road SEC efforts over the last 20 years. Mizzou wins by three touchdowns.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🗣️ POST GAME INTERVIEW&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Hear from &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@DrewLock23&lt;/a&gt; after a 4 TD performance to open the 2018 season.&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#MIZ&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ShowMe&lt;/a&gt; 🐯🏈 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;September 2, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p><strong><a href=";m-aggies-3448180/odds/" title="Game Odds">No. 2 Clemson (-12) at Texas A&amp;M</a>, 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN:</strong> Since 1989, Texas A&amp;M (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) is 10-2-1 ATS has a double-digit home underdog. Clemson (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) is up to -13 at some shops following a -11 opener.</p><p><strong>Alabama State at No. 9 Auburn (OFF), 7:30 p.m. ET, on SEC Network:</strong> Auburn (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) has a history of letting FCS foes stay too close for comfort; Jacksonville State 2015, anyone? Alabama State (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) has not lost by more than 35 points in their five FBS showdowns to hit the big college football odds board since 2008. Careful.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Arkansas (-12) at Colorado State</a>, 7:30 p.m. ET, on CBSSN:</strong> New Arkansas (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) head coach Chad Morris couldn’t ask for a better first FBS test than Colorado State (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS). The Rams are 0-9 ATS dating to Week 7 of 2017, surrendering 498.8 yards per game. More than half (5) have put up 42 points or more. The Razorbacks’ new passing attack will execute at will.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Kentucky at Florida (-14.5)</a>, 7:30 p.m. ET, on SEC Network:</strong> Here’s your annual reminder that Kentucky (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) last beat Florida (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) in 1986, going 0-31 SU and 11-20 ATS since.</p>
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