Coming out of Week 1, the biggest talk of the town in College Football betting fans is that the SEC West is going to be a lot more robust than people had thought. The fact that Mississippi State and Ole Miss fizzled at the end as the division went 2-5 in their bowl games – with the only two wins coming from Arkansas and Texas A&M – the talk was that the SEC West would be less of a challenge than people had thought.
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Let’s talk About The Tigers and Aggies
Auburn started out strong on defense but almost let Louisville come back, in the SEC West’s other spotlight match up. Jeremy Johnson has some room to grow at quarterback for the Tigers, but they got the victory against a team that will be one of the toughest teams in the ACC this year. Texas A&M surprised a lot of people by beating Arizona State 38-17 in Houston. That means that the SEC West picked up three victories in neutral sites against power conference opponents. That’s not bad at all. How about Arkansas? They rolled over UTEP 48-13.
LSU is rolling, Ole Miss too, Mississippi State Not So Much
LSU would likely have rolled to a win over McNeese State, but that game was canceled because of lightning that kept going after the first few delays. Mississippi State found itself in a bit of a struggle at Southern Miss but pulled away to win 20-6. Dak Prescott threw for 237 yards and two scores and was also the leading rusher, picking up 72 yards and adding another score. Ole Miss debuted quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 211 yards and a couple of touchdowns as the Rebels blew out FCS foe Tennessee-Martin, 76-3. One of Kelly’s scores was a 31-yard touchdown pass to defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche that gave the Rebels a 34-0 lead in the second quarter.
The SEC West is Back, just FYI
After Week 1, it looks like the SEC West is back in business. Texas A&M’s win over a ranked Pac-12 win was particularly impressive, especially given the fact that many people liked Arizona State to win the Pac-12 South in a division that also has USC and UCLA. Top to bottom, there are no weak schools in this division, which means that whoever emerges in the SEC championship game will have gone through a true gauntlet