SEC college football picks, odds in Week 3: Alabama rolls Florida, Auburn upsets Penn State

Week 3 at the SEC is a comprehensive roster of big games that could not only impact the race of the conference championship but also dramatically change the landscape for college football playoffs. No. 1 Alabama will play No. 11 Florida in Gainesville, Florida, at the SEC on CBS Game of the Week, which will be a rematch of the awesome 2020 SEC Championship game. No. 22 Chestnut will be equal to No. 10 Penn state in the traditional game “white” in Happy Valley.

There are other important games in the league as well. No. 2 Georgia seeks revenge South Carolinawho upset the Bulldogs at home two years ago. It was Georgia’s only defeat in the regular season to cost dearly later in the playoffs, after losing to a potential national champion. LSU in the SEC primacy game.

Let’s break down the most important storylines and make some choices in this week’s SEC Smothered & Covered.

Snack: Auburn’s Dynamic Attack

V college football the world was presented to Auburn running back Tank Bigsby last year, but he was actually the only known player outside of quarterback Bo Nix in the Tigers’ offense. The situation has changed over the past two weeks. Freshman Yarkes Hunter has proven to be a very reliable pillar of Bigsby. The 600-lb freshman leads the Tigers 257 yards and showed his flawless speed in a 62-0 win over Alabama 94 yards.

“I am very excited about his future and how much he can continue to develop, and this should happen during the season,” said coach Brian Harsin. via 247Sports… “But he has a role in this team, and it will continue to grow and he will have such opportunities.”

Nyx has five touchdown passes – he only had 12 last year – and has developed a rapport with Demetris Robertson and Shedric Jackson… This provided a much-needed balance and allowed the Tigers to look like a full-fledged attack for the first time in years.

No, Akron and Alabama were not serious rivals, but Auburn did not downplay his competitors. This happened many times under Gus Maltsan, but it seems that this has not happened so far in the era of Harsin.

Main Course: What’s Florida’s Crime?

Florida has several problems on its way to countering Alabama. The most important one is at the quarterback, where Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson are still fighting for the top spot on the depth chart. Jones has thrown four picks – two each against the FAU and South Florida – while Richardson is treating a hamstring injury that occurred when he crossed the goal line on an 80-yard touchdown against the Bulls.

The question facing coach Dan Mullen is whether he should play with the guy who will give the ball to Tide … or the guy who could be a superstar, but not 100%. The answer may depend on what we haven’t seen in the Gators attack yet. Wide receiver Jacob Copeland stated this week that the rules of the Gators game were shrouded in secrecy.

“I feel like the camp was the one that showed us everything. We saw what we should have seen during the camp. We came, everyone says this and that about us in the first two games “, he said, “but they haven’t seen everything yet.”

But will it matter? The combination of a risky quarterback competition and an undisclosed course of action is a tricky situation on the road to play against Alabama, a team that could quickly turn the game aside.

Dessert: payback

Georgia lost to South Carolina two years ago at home due to a shocking upset that prevented the Bulldogs from having a perfect regular season. Don’t let Coach Kirby Smart fool you. It will be in his head, especially since the coach of this South Carolina team, Will Musham, works on the Smart staff.

Bulldogs QB JT Daniels missed the game vs. UABbut all are redundant Stetson Bennett IV made five landings and received the SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week award. South Carolina’s defense has been solid in two games, but it doesn’t feel like the UAB is a cupcake. Georgia doesn’t need to make claims, but it probably wants revenge in the same building where its dreams of perfection collapsed.

SEC Choice Week 3

Straight up: 23-4 | Against spread: 11-9
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

New Mexico under No. 7 Texas A&M

Last chances:

Texas A&M Aggies -29.5

Reserve defender Zach Calzada fought Colorado last week, but found a way to get the job done late by giving a pass to the touchdown. Isaiah Spiller… Calzade will likely have to start vs. Arkansas next week and in Alabama on October 9, making this game a great opportunity for Coach Jimbo Fischer to develop offense to match his quarterback’s strengths now that Haynes King missing for a long period of time. Translation: He will keep his foot on the gas for four quarters. Pick: Texas A&M (-28.5)

No. 1 Alabama to No. 11 Florida

Last chances:

Alabama Crimson Tide -14.5

Are you kidding me? Alabama only puts in 15.5 points? It’s just disrespectful. The Florida offensive is a mess and a clash with the Alabama defenses at the worst possible moment. Defender Crimson Tide Bryce Young will not be concerned about protecting the Alligators. Expect him to play the big game after the big game, thanks in part to Florida Defense Coordinator Todd Grantham’s remarkable ability to blitz at the most inopportune moments. Pick: Alabama (-15.5)

South Georgia at No. 20 Arkansas

Last chances:

Arkansas Resorbacks -23.5

The Razorbacks’ rushing attack against Texas was unrealistic, and now it’s time for Coach Sam Pittman to figure out how to be more than one-dimensional. Such a chance will be presented by the game against Georgia Southern. It will be more of a heavy attack against the Eagles to get a quarterback. KJ Jefferson ready for 4 weeks match against Texas A&M. He will make enough mistakes to at least keep Georgia Southern in that number, but he will not achieve an absolute victory. Choice: South Georgia (+23)

State of Mississippi v Memphis

Last chances:

Mississippi State Bulldogs -3.5

I was shocked to see the Bulldogs choke the NC State, but that momentum would stop abruptly in the hands of the Tigers team, which could ignite it on the offensive. Mississippi Defense Coordinator Zach Arnett did a great job over the weekend, but that’s a different task altogether. Bulldogs protector Will Rogers will not be able to keep up with this race. Choice: Memphis (+3)

South Carolina, No. 2 in the state of Georgia

Last chances:

Georgia Bulldogs -31.5

The Bulldogs found their magic in a big game against the UAB last weekend, but they won’t have enough to cover that huge amount against the Gamecocks. Shane Beamer’s team may get a quarterback Luke Doty backs and they are third nationwide in defense at 3.48 yards per legal game. Don’t get me wrong … Georgia will go for an easy win … but not with 32 or more points. Choice: South Carolina (+31)

No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State

Last chances:

Penn State Nittany Lions -6

The Tigers have the second highest defending speed in the country (23 yards per game), and Colby Wooden and Derick Hall were amazing from the start. The midfielders are experienced and talented, which will limit the influence of the Nittany Lions quarterback. Sean Clifford and running back Noah Cain is on earth. Give me an Auburn for a clean win on the heels of Bigsby’s Heisman caliber performance. Choice: Red (+6)

Central Michigan in LSU

Last chances:

LSU Tigers -19.5

Central Michigan gave Missouri scare early in the season. This should give him the confidence to travel to Death Valley to play against the LSU team, which did not perform well in the first two games. Last week, the Tigers’ offensive line battled McNeese State, while Central Michigan ranks second in MAC with 18 no-loss tackles. It will be a slow performance by the Tigers, and the Chippewa will find a way to at least keep him within the numbers. Choice: Central Michigan (+20)

Tulane under No. 17 Ole Miss

Last chances:

Ole Miss Rebels -14

The Rebels were phenomenal in part because their defenses aren’t terrible, which is a significant improvement over last season. The green wave gave Oklahoma panic in the first game of the season, but it doesn’t look like their attack cruised up and down the field (396 yards total). Ole Miss will hang a burger with 50 hamburgers on the Green Wave and cover it with a light cover. Choice: Ole Miss (-14)

Stanford v Vanderbilt

Last chances:

Stanford Cardinal -12

The Commodores passed Colorado last Saturday … but Stanford was busy destroying the University of Southern California and ending the Clay Helton era. One of these things is not like the other. Former active recruit Tanner McKee was terrific in the air, averaging 10.2 yards per completion and two touchdowns. He will be even better this week in a spectacular win against Dores. Pick: Stanford (-11)

FCS Games: Kentucky over Chattanooga, Missouri, over Southeast Missouri, Tennessee over Tennessee Tech

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