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SEC Week 5 Best Bets: Harris Set To Reach the End Zone Once Again

Keep an Eye on Injured Players Ahead of Texas A&M-Arkansas Matchup

Finally, there is nothing on the SEC schedule except for conference games with the road team favored according to the college football betting lines in five of the seven games being played this weekend.

The Florida-Kentucky and LSU-Ole Miss games are projected to be the closest of the seven games. However, things haven’t been going by the script so far this season.

SEC Week 5 Best Bets: Harris Set To Reach the End Zone Once Again
Brock Bowers #19 of the Georgia Bulldogs - Todd Kirkland/Getty Images/afp

Quick, a show of hands of all those who had Kentucky and Missouri joining two-time defending national champion Georgia as the last remaining undefeated teams in the SEC.

Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M are all listed by the NCAA football predictions as favorites in the Week 5 matchups.

Led by No. 1 Georgia, there are seven teams from the SEC in the Top 25 in the latest Associated Press poll. Georgia (+225) has the best odds to win the national title. No other SEC team is in the top 10 in the championship odds.

Week 5 in the SEC starts with noon ET kickoffs for the Florida-Kentucky and Texas A&M-Arkansas games on Saturday.

After hitting on two of the best bets in Week 4, here are some options to consider in Week 5.

Ole Miss WR Tre Harris To Strike Paydirt Again

Maybe it is time to borrow the line “all he does is score touchdowns” that ESPN’s Chris Berman used on highlights of Cris Carter catching touchdowns when it comes to describing the Ole Miss receiver.

Harris has caught eight passes this season and five of them have gone for touchdowns.

This is not a new phenomenon. In his last two seasons playing at Louisiana Tech, Harris had 14 touchdown receptions.

LSU has allowed nine touchdown catches this season and that is tied with Missouri for the most in the SEC so keep that in mind as well.

  • College Football Pick: Ole Miss receiver Tre Harris to score a touchdown -112

Patience Is a Virtue

One of these days, the Alabama offense will be starting on time. That has not been the case so far this season.

The Crimson Tide ranks 94th among FBS teams in points scored in the first quarter. Mississippi State also comes in 94th in that category so that could result in a quiet start to this matchup.

This Mississippi State team does things much differently now that there is more of a balanced offensive philosophy rather than the pass-happy Air Raid. That could result in some time-consuming drives so it makes sense to expect to wait for the first score in this game.

  • College Football Pick: Neither Alabama nor Mississippi State will score in the first six minutes -120

Time for Bowers To Take a Bow

The statistics for Georgia’s game-breaking tight end in two previous games against Auburn are pretty pedestrian as he has four catches for 77 yards in the 2021 and 2022 games. That is a pretty good half for somebody as talented as Bowers.

Carson Beck is not exactly rewriting the Georgia passing record book since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs. However, at some point, the Georgia coaches are going to make it a point of emphasis to get the ball into Bowers hands early and often.

Auburn gave up 78 receiving yards to Ainias Smith and 50 more to Evan Stewart in last week’s loss to Texas A&M. Look for Bowers to have a big day against the Tigers.

  • College Football Pick: Georgia’s Brock Bowers is -201 to score at least one touchdown and +500 for the first TD scorer.

Offense Not Going to Have All The Fun

Arizona State is the only team from the Power-5 conference to turn the ball over more frequently than Vanderbilt.

The Commodores have lost four fumbles and thrown seven interceptions in the first five games of the season.

Missouri had 18 takeaways a season ago and currently has just three so perhaps this is the week for the Tigers to turn defense into offense.

Vanderbilt already has two non-offensive touchdowns this season.

While it is a pretty risky play, there would be a nice payoff if there is a touchdown scored in the Missouri-Vanderbilt game on defense or on special teams.

  • College Football Pick: There will be a defensive or special teams touchdown scored in the Missouri-Vanderbilt game

Razorbacks to Get Going

With the injuries to Texas A&M quarterback Conner Weigman and Arkansas running back Raheim Sanders, the matchup between the Aggies and Razorbacks might be the hardest to project among the seven SEC games being played on Saturday.

Coming into the season, KJ Jefferson was on a short list when it came to naming the best quarterbacks in the SEC. He has certainly missed having Sanders next to him in the offensive backfield.

With Weigman possibly out for the season, this feels like a game where Jefferson gets to show what the buzz is all about.

  • College Football Pick: Arkansas to score first against Texas A&M +116

 

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