Oddsmakers Push Razorbacks After Win Over Aggies

Arkansas Razorbacks NCAA Background

  • Hogs still have long odds in SEC and national picture
  • Aggies fall back, still have value with one loss
  • Bama, Georgia continue torrid pace on odds boards

The Arkansas Razorbacks announced themselves as a serious contender in the SEC on Saturday as they knocked off Texas A&M, 20-10, in Dallas. The Razorbacks held the Aggies to 272 yards total offense while injured quarterback KJ Jefferson threw two TD passes while Arkansas led wire-to-wire.

Oddsmakers took notice as Arkansas came on the scene at (+4000) to play in the SEC title game.

Lest you forget, the Hogs are in the SEC West with mighty Alabama, and the Crimson Tide is sitting at (-150) while Georgia checks in at (+140) with Ole Miss at (+1600) and Florida at (+2800) across the SEC. The Aggies fell to (+5000) as they had been as high as (+900) in the summer and (+1500) a week ago.

Arkansas checked in at (+20000) to win the league in the preseason and was listed at (+25000) in some places as most of the national publications has them finishing either in sixth place or last in the SEC West.

The No. 8 Razorbacks are now tied for 13th with Texas and Clemson as their national championship hopes are sitting with (+7500) odds.

  • The Hogs also have been spotted at (+6600) which ties them with No. 10 Florida on odds boards.
  • Texas A&M fell to (+8000) to win the national championship on most odds boards.
  • Jefferson is bringing (+10000) to win the Heisman Trophy as he joins the Aggies’ Isaiah Spiller, who has the same number.

The Razorbacks roll into Athens, Ga., on Saturday to do battle with the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs, who are an 18.5-point favorite.

Rebel Yell

The No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels have definitely developed a voice in college football since Lane Kiffin came to Oxford three years ago as the head coach.

So much, in fact:
That the Rebels are laying the seventh-best odds to win the national championship at (+4000) as they are tied with Notre Dame. Inside of the SEC race, the Rebels have the third-best odds at (+1600), and with a trip to Tuscaloosa to battle the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on the horizon, the Rebels have the opportunity of a lifetime in potentially being able to pick off the Tide.

Alabama is a 14.5-point favorite over the Rebels as both of these teams play high-scoring games when they match up. The OVER/UNDER on the betting odds is 79 as oddsmakers mush remember last season when the Tide defeated Ole Miss, 63-48.

The Crimson Tide is the favorite to win the national championship with (-150) odds.

Georgia, sitting at (+140), is closing in at second. Ohio State is still posting the third best odds at (+1200) while Oregon and Oklahoma sit at (+1500).

Please Note:
The quarterback matchup between Matt Corral and Bryce Young has an interesting sidebar as Corral (+150) leads Young (+180) in the Heisman Trophy odds coming into this game.

Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder (+1500) checks in third, with Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler and JT Daniels rounding out the top five at (+2500).

Swamp Things

No. 10 Florida scored 28 unanswered points in rolling past Tennessee, 38-14, as quarterback Emory Jones threw for 209 yards and rushed 15 times for 144 yards.

Florida is at (+6000) to win the national championship and the Gators are facing (+2800) odds to win the SEC now after laying (+2000) in the preseason. Many of the higher odds in the SEC have to do more with Alabama and Georgia and where they are instead of the certain SEC team that you are discussing.

Florida came into the season at (+5000) and went to (+6600) after the 31-29 loss to Alabama.

Jones’s Heisman Odds are sitting at (+6000), and Gators backup Anthony Richardson has not taken a snap in two games but is placing (+15000) odds.

The Gators are going into Kentucky as an 8.5-point favorite on Saturday night. The Wildcats are a sneaky good 4-0 team that wins with Mark Stoops’ trademark defense. Kentucky is placing odds at (+6000) to win the SEC as the Wildcats are an example of a good SEC team that would be at the top of odds boards in some of the other conferences. UK started the season at (+6600) to win the league on most boards.

The Wildcats offensive catalyst is running back Chris Rodriguez, Jr., who has 85 carries for 502 yards and three touchdowns.

Tide vs. Dawgs – Reset

It feels like Alabama and Georgia are on a collision course to meet twice as the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are prohibitive favorites to face off in the SEC Championship game. At the beginning of the season, the Crimson Tide was laying (-125), with Georgia picking up a (+250).

Now with Alabama at (-150) and the Bulldogs at (+140), both teams have lengthened the odds on what is another talented and deep SEC.

The Tide blew away Southern Miss on Saturday night as they covered the (-45) in a 63-14 win.

Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams returned kicks of 100 and 83 yards for touchdowns while he caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Young as well. Young completed 20-of-22 passes for 312 yards and five touchdowns.

Georgia asserted it’s defense in a 62-0 win over Vandy as the Bulldogs outgained the woeful Commodores, 532-77, and easily cover the (-35) on the betting line.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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