Look for some clarity in the SEC division races after Week 10 as SEC East-leading Georgia faces second-place Missouri while Alabama, the top team in the SEC West, meets LSU with a chance to take complete control of that division race.
Four of the six SEC matchups in Week 10 are listed by the college football betting lines with single-digit point spreads.
South Carolina and Tennessee step out of SEC play this weekend so don’t look for anything from them when it comes to the Week 10 best bets.
When it came to NCAA football predictions, it was a case of what might have been. The Georgia-Florida game did go over the total as predicted while Tennessee opened the scoring versus Kentucky. However, Vanderbilt missed covering as the 24½-point underdogs and had Texas A&M scored a touchdown instead of settling for field goals on both of its fourth-quarter scoring drives, that best bet would have cashed as well.
We’re not loving too many of the Week 10 best-bet options.
Georgia remains first in both The Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association polls. However, the Bulldogs are behind Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff rankings of 2023. Alabama is eighth, Ole Miss 10th and Missouri 12th in the CFP rankings.
Georgia and Michigan are tied at +250 for the best odds to win the national title. Alabama (+1400) is tied for fifth in the championship odds.
Here are some options to consider in Week 9 with some tempting options for the best college football bets for the Nov. 4 games.
Will Offenses Need Time To Heat Up?
The offense has been a mess at times for Alabama compared to previous Crimson Tide teams. However, the opponent has scored in the first five minutes just once this season.
The LSU offense is one of the best in the country so this doesn’t figure to end up as a 17-14 game.
However, LSU didn’t score until there were less than four minutes left in the first quarter in the three matchups against ranked teams. Keep that in mind when it comes to the college football betting lines for this huge SEC clash.
College Football Pick: The first score in the LSU-Alabama game to come in the first five minutes: NO -137
The Numbers: #LSU vs. Alabama will be elite once again.
Jayden Daniels: 163/223 (73.1%), 2,573 yards, 25 TDs
Jalen Milroe: 99/153 (64.7%), 1,617 yards, 13 TDs
Malik Nabers: 56 catches, 981 yards, 9 TDs
Jermaine Burton: 23 catches, 508 yards, 5 TDs
— Zack Nagy (@znagy20) October 31, 2023
Arkansas-Florida Game to Be Back-and-Forth Affair?
Somehow Arkansas stopped a team on 9 of 10 third-down plays and still managed to lose the last time out.
Even though star running back Raheim Sanders has barely been on the field, a team with KJ Jefferson at quarterback should never be limited to one field goal against a mediocre Mississippi State team.
Perhaps a change in offensive coordinators and a bye week will help fix what has been ailing the underachieving Razorbacks.
College Football Pick: A team will score three times in a row in the Arkansas-Florida game – NO +183
Go With Under in Rebels-Aggies Showdown
Seven straight games between Ole Miss and Texas A&M had gone under the total before the 2022 matchup went just over the total.
Texas A&M is allowing the fewest yards per game in the SEC and that defense will look to make life difficult for the Rebels. Ole Miss is listed by the College Football lines as the 3-point favorite over visiting Texas A&M/
While both teams are averaging more than 30 points per game, the scoring numbers drop significantly in conference play.
We’d feel better about this pick with a total higher than 54, but why not take a chance on the defenses stepping up in this SEC West showdown?
College Football Pick: Texas A&M-Ole Miss Game to Finish Under the 54-point total -110
Tigers Look To Roar Early
Maybe the loss of all those playmakers to the NFL is finally catching up with two-time defending national champion Georgia.
In five SEC games this season, the opposing team has scored first.
Missouri has opened the scoring in four of its last five games so it is worth rolling with that happening in this clash of ranked SEC teams, especially considering the number that our sportsbook has placed on that happening.
College Football Pick: Missouri to score first against Georgia +172
Will The Defenses Get Into the Act?
Vanderbilt has returned an interception and kickoff return for a touchdown while the Commodores’ opponents have brought back two interceptions for scores.
Auburn has scored twice on defense and will be facing a Vanderbilt team that has thrown the most interceptions and turned the ball over more frequently than any other SEC team.
Questions Of The Day
What is the best college football bet for SEC Week 10?
Going with neither Arkansas nor Florida to score at least three times in a row offers plenty of value.
Which team has the best defense in the SEC heading into Week 10?
Georgia is allowing 14.8 points per game while Texas A&M is surrendering the fewest yards (269.3) among SEC teams.