October 8, 2021
The SEC is in great shape to get two teams into the college football playoffs as Alabama (+150) and Georgia (+175) have the best odds in the country as we head into week 6.
The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are likely on a collision course to meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, and if both teams can handle their business until that game the loser still has a good chance of being one of the top four teams.
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Let’s take a look at the top conference news heading into week 6 and preview the top matchups:
Georgia and Alabama are big favorites over the rest of the conference and both teams are in the driver’s seat in their respective divisions. A couple of teams that may be worth taking a flyer on are Kentucky (+3000) and Auburn (+4000) as both teams look like the second-best teams in their divisions.
One of the most surprising turns of events has been LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron’s fall from grace since LSU won the National Title in 2019. LSU is 3-2 after a disappointing home loss to Auburn and has a very difficult schedule down the stretch starting this week with a road game undefeated Kentucky.
Kentucky is favored by 3 going into the game and if it gets ugly I wouldn’t be shocked to see Ed Orgeron fired this upcoming week. With how competitive it is to land big-name college football coaches, LSU will want to get a jump start on the process before other programs join the coaching search later this year.
Georgia and Alabama put up dominating performances in their wins over top 20 teams Arkansas and Ole Miss and look like a step above the rest of the conference. Kirby Smart has done a phenomenal job at Georgia and is recruiting at a level that competes with Alabama and the two teams look equally as impressive at the halfway point.
If these teams end up being undefeated heading into the SEC championship we could realistically see an Even point spread or as little as Alabama getting 1 point or so due to the probable home atmosphere for Georgia in Atlanta.
Kentucky is off to a 5-0 start and had one of those signature wins they have been hoping for years for over Florida in week 5. Mark Stoops has done an incredible job building the Kentucky program into a top 20 program and the school that is known for its basketball is finally getting respect for its football team.
I don’t think they have the level of athletes that Georgia does, but I do think Kentucky has a great shot to finish 2nd in the SEC East and be in the running for a big New Years Day bowl game like the Sugar or Peach Bowl.
Two teams coming off disappointing losses last week but still have plenty to play for in this matchup. This looks like it could be a battle for 2nd in the SEC West and the winner could be looking at a great bowl game if they can finish the season with a 10-2 or 11-1 record. When you play in the same division as Alabama, the little things need to be celebrated and I think Ole Miss has more offensive firepower than Arkansas and should be able to outscore the Crimson Tide at home.
Georgia heads to Auburn for a big rivalry game at Auburn as a big favorite in a game that not many are giving Auburn a shot in. Auburn has played Georgia well in this matchup and I like their chances to keep this game somewhat close at home. Auburn has the athletes to play with Georgia but Georgia’s depth should help them pull away late in the game in and I see them winning a 35-24.