College Football Week 6 Betting Preview: Alabama Won’t Cover

  • Our college football betting preview is back for Week 6
  • You already know we’re taking Kentucky and the points
  • Is Florida… good?

We went 3-1 again last week, which brings our season record to a healthy 12-8-0. Let’s keep the positive value coming with our Week 6 College Football picks!

Alabama (#1) at Arkansas

Team Spread
Alabama (#1) -36.0 (-110)
Arkansas +36.0 (-110)

Our big hit last week was Alabama failing to cover a 49-point spread against UL-Lafayette. Sometimes the betting market gets carried away, and at some point you have to throw a flag. I’m doing that again here.

Alabama vs Arkansas Statistical Comparison

2018 Stat Alabama Arkansas
Record 5-0 1-4
S&P+ Defensive Rank 9th 37th
S&P+ Offensive Rank 2nd 106th
S&P+ Overall Rank 1st 67th

Same arguments as before. Alabama could probably beat Arkansas by 100 points, if they needed to, but they don’t need to. Tua Tagovailoa will get the Tide up three touchdowns and then leave the game. Alabama is playing the long game, and taking these huge spreads is going to be good business for the rest of the season.

For what it’s worth I also think Arkansas is better than people give them credit for. I know that doesn’t really matter in this game.

Betting Tip: Arkansas plus the points.

Kentucky (#13) at Texas A&M

Team Spread
Kentucky (#13) +5.5 (-110)
Texas A&M -5.5 (-110)

Let’s just try this blindly: Ranked team takes on unranked opponent on the road. Ranked team is undefeated, home team is not. Ranked team has three conference wins, home team has one. Home team is nearly a six point favorite. Huh?

Kentucky vs Texas A&M Statistical Comparison

2018 Stat Kentucky Texas A&M
Record 5-0 3-2
S&P+ Defensive Rank 3rd 43rd
S&P+ Offensive Rank 69th 22nd
S&P+ Overall Rank 15th 22nd

This line is so upside-down that it’s shifted towards Kentucky, despite all the money Texas A&M brings to the table. The Wildcats are in the middle of a dream season, have a guy called Josh Allen that your NFL team should probably draft, and will woodchipper their way through Texas A&M. Benny Snell Jr. is enough to flip this game Kentucky’s way.

We’re going to ride this Kentucky train until the wheels come off. They’re consistently underrated, have paid out far more than we deserve, and are still offering value.

Betting Advice: Kentucky plus the points! Lock of the week.

LSU (#5) at Florida (#22)

Team Spread
LSU (#5) -3.0 (EVEN)
Florida (#22) +3.0 (-105)

I regret to inform you that Florida is actually good, somehow. They compare pretty favorably with LSU, at least statistically.

LSU vs Florida Statistical Comparison

2018 Stat LSU Florida
Record 5-0 4-1
S&P+ Defensive Rank 15th 13th
S&P+ Offensive Rank 38th 45th
S&P+ Overall Rank 17th 19th

LSU is higher ranked because LSU hasn’t lost to Kentucky. You add in that this is a road game for the Tigers, and that both of these teams are very good on defense, and this starts to look a lot like a close win for Florida. The one thing that does worry me is Joe Burrow, who is very capable of breaking a game open with huge plays.

If this is the game where LSU starts its annual slide from promise, Ed Orgeron could very well get fired. Bettors and pundits are generally underestimating Dan Mullen and Florida, but soon won’t if this team keeps trending in this direction.

Betting Tip: Take Florida plus the points. Go Gators.

Auburn (#8) at Mississippi State

Team Spread
Auburn -4.0 (-110)
Mississippi State +4.0 (-110)

Another case of two pretty evenly matched teams, except one of them has lost to Kentucky.

Auburn vs Mississippi State Statistical Comparison

2018 Stat Auburn Mississippi State
Record 4-1 3-1
S&P+ Defensive Rank 1st 12th
S&P+ Offensive Rank 82nd 41st
S&P+ Overall Rank 11th 20th

There’s a lot to like about Auburn, but it isn’t the offense. Somehow Gus Malzahn has lost the one thing that made him Gus Malzahn, and Auburn’s been far below average in offense this season.

I tend to be wary of teams that are struggling in what’s supposed to be their greatest strength. Even if they’re performing fine, it suggests that there’s something very, very wrong with the program if Auburn’s defense is picking up the slack. That’s the kind of band-aid solution that is never able to last long, and a balanced, reasonably effective team like Mississippi State can easily expose.

Alternatively: it’s a home underdog situation. No need to overthink it.

Betting Tip: You know I’m always going to take the home underdog.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.