Seven SEC teams are ranked among the nation’s Top 25, including four in the Top 10, but either LSU or Georgia will slip in the upcoming Associated Press college football poll.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 SEC) host No. 6 LSU at Sanford Stadium in Athens, and Georgia is laying -3 to the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 SEC), according to college football betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Bulldogs come in after a less-than impressive 45-21 win over North Texas, as coach Mark Richt's troops committed too many mistakes, allowing the Mean Green to hang around far too long in the second half.
North Texas scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, and later tied the score when Marcus Trice scored on a blocked punt early in the third quarter.
On Saturday, the always-physical Tigers, led by former Georgia signal-caller Zach Mettenberger, who is 14-3 as LSU's starting quarterback, come to town.
The Tigers arrive on the heels of a 14-point home win over Auburn, and though they were banged up, coach Les Miles says starting right guard Trai Turner and starting defensive tackle Anthony Johnson will recover in time to play this Saturday. [ College football betting odds, spreads & trends ]
Top-ranked Alabama (-16 at most sportsbooks as of midweek) will try to find its rushing game Saturday night, when it hosts SEC rival No. 21 Ole Miss. The two-time defending champs come after rushing for a meager 66 yards on 21 carries against Colorado State and rank last in the SEC in rushing.
No. 4 Ohio State (-7) hosts 24th-ranked Wisconsin, in what should be a rather physical Big Ten contest. Both the Buckeyes and Badgers are best with their ground games, as Wisconsin is third in the nation in rushing, averaging 350 yards and Ohio State ranks sixth at 311.
After this weekend, there will be no more non-conference games for Big 12 teams, and that might be a good thing, as there have already been eight non-conference losses, twice as many as last year.
Big 12 teams are 19-8 against non-conference opponents with three more left to play, including No. 14 Oklahoma's visit to No. 22 Notre Dame. The Sooners are -3.5 on the road.
Last year, the Big 12 was 26-4 in its non-conference games played during the regular season.