Rivalry Week is alive and well in the SEC with some good ol' fashioned grudge matches guaranteed to delight football fans and bettors alike. Join BetAmerica columnist Nick Roush as he digs into some of the top games on the menu including the Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl, the Governor's Cup and the Battle Line Rivalry.
The penultimate week of the regular season is typically the one week where every SEC school schedules the softest opponent possible. Known colloquially as SoCon Saturday, it essentially gives SEC schools a bye week to prepare for their season-ending rivalry games. Even though there are still more FCS games than conference games, we still have three significant SEC games on the slate.
College basketball is just getting started, but there have already been a few early surprises. The most shocking news comes from the SEC, where Florida, Kentucky and Texas A&M have all been exposed.
Ranked fifth in the most recent edition of the College Football Rankings, even with an awful loss to South Carolina, Georgia still has a shot to return to the final four if they can win at Auburn. That’s easier said than done.
Since Ed Orgeron took over the head coaching duties at LSU, this SEC West rivalry game has been decided by five points or fewer, and the Bayou Bengals have won the last two. Quarterback Joe Burrow is dead set on extending that streak at Tiger Stadium on Saturday.
Based on the preseason odds board, the SEC was a two-horse race between Alabama and Georgia, but now we have a few more contenders.
South Carolina shook up the college football world last week with its defeat of Georgia at Sanford Stadium as 21-point underdogs. What’s even more impressive? The Gamecocks did it after starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski left the game in third quarter with a knee injury. Can they strike gold again this Saturday against No. 9 Florida?
Florida was a preseason Top 10 team, but the Gators still had plenty of doubters entering the highly-touted matchup with Auburn. They proved why they deserved the accolades by taking down the Tigers 24-13. Can they pull off another upset this weekend by defeating LSU?
In the Hugh Freeze era, Ole Miss consistently put Alabama on upset alert. The Rebels won by six in back-to-back seasons before Nick Saban’s squad finally outscored Ole Miss 48-43 in 2016. Outscoring Ole Miss should be exponentially easier in 2019.
A pair of top contenders square off this Saturday at Kyle Field as #8 Auburn clashes with #17 Texas A&M. We have odds and a prediction for that eagerly anticipated game as well as four more matchups featuring SEC teams.