SEC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 4

SEC schedule and previews for all of the Week 4 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Arkansas vs Texas A&M, Florida at Tennessee, and Missouri at Auburn

SEC schedule and previews for all of the Week 4 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Arkansas vs Texas A&M, Florida at Tennessee, and Missouri at Auburn


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Results So Far
Straight Up 33-8, ATS 23-16, o/u 22-17

Bowling Green at Mississippi State

12:00, SEC Network
Line: Mississippi State -30, o/u: 52.5

Kent State at Georgia

12:00, SEC Network/ESPN+
Line: Georgia -46, o/u: 59

Missouri at Auburn

12:00, ESPN
Line: Auburn -7, o/u: 51

Florida at Tennessee

3:30, CBS
Line: Tennessee -11, o/u: 62.5

Tulsa at Ole Miss

4:00, SEC Network
Line: Ole Miss -21.5, o/u: 65.5

Northern Illinois at Kentucky

7:00, ESPN2
Line: Kentucky -25, o/u: 53.5

Arkansas at Texas A&M

7:00, ESPN
Line: Texas A&M -2.5, o/u: 48.5

Charlotte at South Carolina

7:30, ESPNU
Line: South Carolina -22, o/u: 69.5

New Mexico at LSU

7:30, SEC Network/ESPN+
Line: LSU -30.5, o/u: 45.5

Vanderbilt at Alabama

7:30, SEC Network
Line: Alabama -40.5, o/u: 58.5

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Missouri vs Auburn Prediction, Game Preview

Missouri vs Auburn game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

Missouri vs Auburn prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24


Missouri vs Auburn How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Missouri (2-1), Auburn (2-1)
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Missouri vs Auburn Game Preview

Why Missouri Will Win

Auburn is having issues.

The offense struggled against San Jose State, it didn’t do enough to keep up in the 41-12 home loss to Penn State, and the defense isn’t picking up the slack like it needs to.

It’s 2-1, and it’s not like the wheels have totally come off, but TJ Finley and Robby Ashford have combined to throw just two touchdown passes and six picks in the three games, the defensive front isn’t doing enough to get into the backfield, and there’s a big problem holding on to the ball in all ways.

The turnovers are a killer, and so is the ability to keep the chains moving. Auburn is controlling the clock for just 28 minutes per game, and even with its own concerns, the Mizzou offense is holding the ball for over 34 minutes per game.

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Why Auburn Will Win

Is this when the Auburn running game can take over?

Missouri has only faced one team that can run in any way, and Kansas State went off for 235 yards in the 40-12 win.

Auburn couldn’t get the Penn State game under control and had to change up its plans, but the ground attack worked against San Jose State and Mercer, and in this the O needs to settle in by grinding a bit more and coming up with easier third down opportunities.

Missouri hasn’t had Auburn’s turnover problems, but it has hardly been air-tight. The special teams have been a disaster at times, the penalties have been steadily coming, and that’s everything the home side needs.

Auburn needs the other team to screw up more. However …

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What’s Going To Happen

Auburn isn’t creating its own breaks. Missouri has been able to at least offset many of its mistakes with takeaways, but the other Tigers only have one takeaway so far.

Auburn will keep this simple. It’s not going to force throws, and it’s not going to take too many chances. Start handing it off, let the backs do the work, and start taking more control.

The home Tigers can do that.

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Missouri vs Auburn Prediction, Line

Auburn 27, Missouri 23
Line: Auburn -7, o/u: 51
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Missouri vs Auburn Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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SEC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 3

SEC schedule and previews for all of the Week 3 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by South Carolina at Georgia, Mississippi State at LSU, and Penn State at Auburn

SEC schedule and previews for all of the Week 3 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by South Carolina at Georgia, Mississippi State at LSU, and Penn State at Auburn


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Results So Far
Straight Up 23-6, ATS 17-10, o/u 15-12

Georgia at South Carolina

12:00, ESPN
Line: Georgia -24.5, o/u: 52.5

Youngstown State at Kentucky

12:00, SEC Network
Line: Kentucky -27.5, o/u: 53.5

Abilene Christian at Missouri

12:00, SEC Network/ESPN+
Line: Missouri -23, o/u: 55.5

Ole Miss at Georgia Tech

3:30, ABC
Line: Ole Miss -16.5, o/u: 65

Penn State at Auburn

3:30, CBS
Line: Auburn -3, o/u: 46

Vanderbilt at Northern Illinois

3:30, CBS Sports Network
Line: Northern Illinois -3, o/u: 58

ULM at Alabama

4:00, SEC Network
Line: Alabama -49.5, o/u: 60.5

Mississippi State at LSU

6:00, ESPN
Line: Mississippi State -2.5, o/u: 52.5

Akron at Tennessee

7:00, SEC Network/ESPN+
Line: Tennessee -47.5, o/u: 66.5

Missouri State at Arkansas

7:00, SEC Network/ESPN+
Line: Arkansas -23, o/u: 59.5

USF at Florida

7:30, SEC Network
Line: Florida -24.5, o/u: 59.5

Miami at Texas A&M

9:00, ESPN
Line: Texas A&M -5, o/u: 45

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Missouri vs Abilene Christian Prediction, Game Preview

Missouri vs Abilene Christian prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 17

Missouri vs Abilene Christian prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 3, Saturday, September 17


Missouri vs Abilene Christian How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 17
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
How To Watch: SEC Network/ESPN+
Record: Missouri (1-1), Abilene Christian (2-0)
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Missouri vs Abilene Christian Game Preview

Why Abilene Christian Will Win

Missouri is struggling.

It managed just 222 yards of total offense in an ugly 40-12 loss to Kansas State, the passing game isn’t clicking – even with an easy win over Louisiana Tech – and there are way, way too many turnovers with six in the two games.

Abilene Christian has been fantastic in the first two games. It’s been owning the clock, dominating on third downs, and it hasn’t allowed a thing late in games.

The Wildcats haven’t given up a second half point so far and just six points after the first quarter.

But …

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Why Missouri Will Win

The Tigers can fix this fast.

The running game ran at will over Louisiana Tech, the defense didn’t allow a thing on the ground – granted, the Bulldogs didn’t try running a whole bunch – and the passing attack should eventually click.

Everyone around Mizzou is impatient for this to all start working already under head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, but the talent is still coming into place, QB Brady Cook has to settle into the job, and that’s what this game is for.

The lines are in place to take over right away, and the defense should be able to attack the Wildcat backfield.

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What’s Going To Happen

Sometimes a team needs a cathartic blowout win. Beating up on Abilene Christian won’t make the performance against Kansas State go away, but it’ll be a reset moment before having to go to Auburn.

It won’t always be smooth, but the running game will take over, the defense will get over giving up a few early scores, and Mizzou will start to look the part early in the second half.

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Missouri vs Abilene Christian Prediction, Line

Missouri 48, Abilene Christian 13
Line: Missouri -23, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Missouri vs Abilene Christian Must See Rating (out of 5): 1.5

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SEC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 2

SEC schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Alabama at Texas, South Carolina at Arkansas, and Kentucky at Florida

SEC schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Alabama at Texas, South Carolina at Arkansas, and Kentucky at Florida


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Results So Far
Straight Up 14-1, ATS 9-6, o/u 9-6

Alabama at Texas

12:00, FOX
Line: Alabama -20, o/u: 61.5

South Carolina at Arkansas

12:00, ESPN
Line: Arkansas -9, o/u: 53.5

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt

12:00, SEC Network
Line: Wake Forest -9.5, o/u: 60.5

Missouri at Kansas State

12:00, ESPN2
Line: Kansas State -7.5, o/u: 57

Appalachian State at Texas A&M

3:30, ESPN2
Line: Texas A&M -18, o/u: 52.5

Tennessee at Pitt

3:30, ABC
Line: Tennessee -6.5, o/u: 66

Samford at Georgia

4:00, SEC Network
Line: Georgia -52, o/u: 64.5

Central Arkansas at Ole Miss

7:00, SEC Network/ESPN+
Line: Ole Miss -34, o/u: 65

Kentucky at Florida

7:00, ESPN
Line: Florida -5, o/u: 52

San Jose State at Auburn

7:30, ESPNU
Line: Auburn -23, o/u: 50

Southern at LSU

7:30, SEC Network
Line: LSU -47.5, o/u: 58

Mississippi State at Arizona

11:00 pm, FS1
Line: Mississippi State -11, o/u: 59.5

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Missouri vs Kansas State Prediction, Game Preview

Missouri vs Kansas State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10

Missouri vs Kansas State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10


Missouri vs Kansas State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Missouri (1-0), Kansas State (1-0)
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Missouri vs Kansas State Game Preview

Why Missouri Will Win

Well hello, Mizzou offense.

The Tigers have the weapons in place, starting with the rise of QB Brady Cook, the running game has various options, and superstar freshman Luther Burden showed off his potential with a touchdown rushing and receiving in the 52-24 win over Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs of La Tech might be all about the passing game now, but it was still an impressive performance by the Tiger D allowing just 11 rushing yards helped by four sacks and nine tackles for loss.

The defensive front should be able to contain Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez, the offense will be balanced and dangerous – the O should travel just fine – and …

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Why Kansas State Will Win

Everything looked great in the warm-up.

Martinez was terrific with the very, very short passing game in the 34-0 win over South Dakota, Deuce Vaughn ran for 126 yards and a score, and the offense ran at will.

It doesn’t have the passing game to keep up if Missouri gets the offense rolling right away, but Martinez should be able to do a little of everything to keep the chains moving on the Mizzou linebackers.

The defensive front won’t give up anything close to the 323 rushing yards Louisiana Tech gave up last week.

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What’s Going To Happen

Seriously, doesn’t this old school Big 12 matchup feel right?

It’s a massive moment for both programs. Kansas State has been fine under head coach Chris Klieman, but he’s 21-16 in just over three seasons and could use a big start with a strong home win.

Missouri head man Eliah Drinkwitz is just 12-12 at this gig and could really use this win considering what’s ahead in SEC play.

It’ll be a back-and-forth game that comes down to mistakes and big plays by the defense.

Missouri has more options and more ways to get things moving, the defense will slow down the Kansas State backfield in the second half, and it’ll all come down to a two takeaways and a late stop to get out alive.

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Missouri vs Kansas State Prediction, Line

Missouri 34, Kansas State 30
Line: Kansas State -7.5, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Missouri vs Kansas State Must See Rating (out of 5): 4

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Missouri vs Louisiana Tech Prediction, Game Preview

Missouri vs Louisiana Tech game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Thursday, September 1

Missouri vs Louisiana Tech prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Thursday, September 1


Missouri vs Louisiana Tech How To Watch

Date: Thursday, September 1
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Missouri (0-0), Louisiana Tech (0-0)
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Missouri vs Louisiana Tech Game Preview

Why Louisiana Tech Will Win

Here comes the offense.

New head coach Sonny Cumbie will get hs offense to throw and throw some more – former TCU transfer Matthew Downing and Texas Tech transfer Parker McNeil are still battling for the high-profile starting quarterback gig – with the receiving corps good enough to give the Tiger secondary problems.

The Louisiana Tech offensive line spent last year rebuilding, and now the payoff should come with a slew of potential Conference USA all-stars up front. Missouri has the talent on defense, but it has to be far better than the 2021 version. However …

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Why Missouri Will Win

The Louisiana Tech defense has a long, long way to go to be just okay.

The offense will be fine. It might take a little bit – the Mizzou pass rush and defensive front should be a problem for the Bulldogs – but other side of the ball will be all about the pass rush.

The new Louisiana Tech coaching staff will turn everyone loose to get into the backfield, and that means the big plays should be there for the taking. As long as QB Brady Cook gets a little bit of time, he’s got the dangerous playmakers who should get down the field.

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What’s Going To Happen

Louisiana Tech has the parts and experience in place to make this interesting. If the passing game clicks right away, look out.

This might not be the close call the Bulldog 35-34 loss to Mississippi State game to open last year turned out to be, but everyone will be entertained.

The Mizzou lines should be able to do enough to force a win with two good scoring drives in the second half and two big defensive stops, but it’s going to be more of a fight than the SEC side might like.

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Missouri vs Louisiana Tech Prediction, Line

Missouri 37, Louisiana Tech 27
Line: Missouri -20.5, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Missouri vs Louisiana Tech Must See Rating: 2.5

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CFN Preseason All-SEC Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the SEC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-SEC team and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the SEC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-SEC team and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN SEC Offensive Player of the Year

QB Bryce Young, Jr. Alabama

Yeah, of course the reigning Heisman winner who came really, really close to pulling out a national championship comes into the following season as the conference’s top offensive star. However, that’s not the given you might think it is considering just about ever SEC team has a quarterback talented enough to be a problem on any given Saturday.

The transfer portal brought LSU Jayden Daniels from Arizona State. Ole Miss got Jaxson Dart from USC and South Carolina got a gem in Spencer Rattler from Oklahoma. Kentucky’s Will Levis and Florida’s Anthony Richardson have the pro scouts drooling, KJ Jefferson of Arkansas is special, and Mississippi State’s Will Rogers might lead the SEC in passing.

Meanwhile, a few of those big names are in battles for the starting job, and the one guy not mentioned – Stetson Bennett – quarterbacked his team to the national title.

The SEC is loaded with passers who could start just about anywhere else outside of the conference, and Young is the best of the bunch. He might not be huge, he might not have a cannon, and he doesn’t run much, but he reads everything, is deadly accurate, and he’s about to make a big push to repeat as the Heisman winner after hitting 67% of his passes for 4,872 yards and 37 touchdowns with seven picks.

2022 Preseason CFN SEC Defensive Player of the Year

LB Will Anderson, Jr. Alabama

It wasn’t just that Anderson was a pass rushing terror on a defense loaded with NFL prospect, it’s that he didn’t stop until Georgia held him in relative check in the national title – and the rest of the D took advantage of the attention paid to 31 – it was the consistency and alpha defender aspect to his game. Be shocked if the production doesn’t keep on rolling.

He came up with two or more tackles for loss in 11 games, made 101 stops on the season with 17.5 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss. No one else had more than 22 tackles for loss – he was the only player to average over two per game – and only Army’s Andre Carter averaged more sacks per game – 1.19 to 1.17.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team: Offense

QB Bryce Young, Jr. Alabama

RB Tank Bigsby, Jr. Auburn

RB Chris Rodriguez, Sr. Kentucky

WR Kayshon Boutte, Jr. LSU

WR Cedric Tillman, Sr. Tennessee

TE Brock Bowers, Soph. Georgia

OT Tyler Steen, Sr. Alabama

OG Nick Broeker, Sr. Ole Miss

C Ricky Stromberg, Sr. Arkansas

OG Emil Ekiyor, Sr. Alabama

OT Darnell Wright, Sr. Tennessee

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team: Defense

DE Derick Hall, Sr. Auburn

DT Jalen Carter, Jr. Georgia

DT Zacch Pickens, Sr. South Carolina

DE BJ Ojulari, Sr. LSU

LB Will Anderson, Jr. Alabama

LB Bumper Pool, Sr. Arkansas

LB Nolan Smith, Sr. Georgia

CB Eli Ricks, Jr. Alabama

S Jordan Battle, Sr. Alabama

S Antonio Johnson, Jr. Texas A&M

CB Kelee Ringo, Soph. Georgia

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-SEC Team: Special Teams

PK Harrison Mevis, Jr. Missouri

P Nik Constantinou, Jr. Texas A&M

KR Lideatrick Griffin, Jr. Mississippi State

PR Ainias Smith, Sr. Texas A&M

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East FloridaGeorgia | Kentucky | Missouri
Tennessee | South Carolina | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama |
Arkansas | Auburn | LSU
Mississippi State | Ole Miss | Texas A&M
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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 SEC Players

30. Jaxson Dart, QB Soph. Ole Miss

29. Jeremy Banks, LB Sr. Tennessee

28. Brenton Cox, LB Sr. Florida

27. Ali Gaye, DE Sr. LSU

26. Will Rogers, QB Jr. Mississippi State

25. Zacch Pickens, DT Sr. South Carolina

24. Derick Hall, DE Sr. Auburn

23. Emil Ekiyor, OG Sr. Alabama

22. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Jr. Alabama

21. BJ Ojulari, DE Sr. LSU

20. Cam Smith, CB Jr. South Carolina

19. Tank Bigsby, RB Jr. Auburn

18. Anfernee Orji, LB Sr. Vanderbilt

17. Spencer Rattler, QB Jr. South Carolina

16. Eli Ricks, CB Jr. Alabama

15. Henry To’o To’o, LB Sr. Alabama

14. Will Levis, QB Sr. Kentucky

13. Bumper Pool, LB Sr. Arkansas

12. Chris Rodriguez, RB Sr. Kentucky

11. Nolan Smith, LB Sr. Georgia

10. Anthony Richardson, QB Soph. Florida

9. Kelee Ringo, CB Soph. Georgia

8. Kayshon Boutte, WR Jr. LSU

7. Jordan Battle, SS Sr. Alabama

6. KJ Jefferson, QB Jr. Arkansas

5. Brock Bowers, TE Soph. Georgia

4. Hendon Hooker, QB Sr. Tennessee

3. Jalen Carter, DT Jr. Georgia

2. Bryce Young, QB Jr. Alabama

1. Will Anderson, LB Jr. Alabama

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East FloridaGeorgia | Kentucky | Missouri
Tennessee | South Carolina | Vanderbilt 
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Arkansas | Auburn | LSU
Mississippi State | Ole Miss | Texas A&M
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SEC Coaches Against The Spread: Ranked From Best To Worst. Who Covers?

SEC Football Coaches Against The Spread: Who are the best and worst SEC coaches when it comes to covering?

How good are all of the SEC head coaches against the spread? Going from best to worst, here’s who covers and who doesn’t.


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Nick Saban might be the greatest college football coach of all-time – or close to it – but do his teams cover the spread?

How do all the SEC head coaches do against the spread, and on the road ATS, and going over on the point total?

If you like to invest, here’s everything you need to know about all 14 current SEC head coaches and how they do against the lines.

One important note, all of these stats only reflect how all the coaches have done on their current SEC teams. Two exceptions for the new guys – Billy Napier’s time at Louisiana and Brian Kelly’s era at Notre Dame are counted.

Who covers – and sometimes more importantly – who doesn’t?

1. Sam Pittman, Arkansas

ATS Record (since 2020)

ATS Overall: 15-7-1 (67.4%)
On Extra Rest: 4-1
vs. Ranked: 8-3
After Win: 7-3-1
After Loss: 6-4
Home: 7-5
Road: 6-2-1
Favorite: 4-3-1
Underdog: 11-4
Home Favorite: 3-3
Home Dog: 4-2
Road Favorite: 0-0-1
Road Dog: 6-2
vs. Conference: 11-6-1
Non-conference: 4-1

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 11-12
On Extra Rest: 3-2
vs. Ranked: 6-5
Home: 5-7
Road: 6-3
Favorite: 4-4
Underdog: 7-8
Home Favorite: 4-2
Home Dog: 1-5
Road Favorite: 0-1
Road Dog: 6-2
Conference: 8-10
Non-conference: 3-2
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2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

ATS Record (since 2018)

ATS Overall: 29-19 (60.4%)
On Extra Rest: 4-6
vs. Ranked: 9-8
After Win: 18-12
After Loss: 7-6
Home: 17-8
Road: 10-6
Favorite: 23-14
Underdog: 6-5
Home Favorite: 14-7
Home Dog: 3-1
Road Favorite: 7-2
Road Dog: 3-4
vs. Conference: 17-16
Non-conference: 12-3

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 21-26-1
On Extra Rest: 3-7
vs. Ranked: 8-8-1
Home: 14-10-1
Road: 5-11
Favorite: 14-22-1
Underdog: 7-4
Home Favorite: 10-10-1
Home Dog: 4-0
Road Favorite: 2-7
Road Dog: 3-4
Conference: 13-19-1
Non-conference: 8-7
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3. Kirby Smart, Georgia

ATS Record (since 2016)

ATS Overall: 47-34 (58%)
On Extra Rest: 7-5
vs. Ranked: 22-13
After Win: 35-27
After Loss: 8-4
Home: 15-20
Road: 18-8
Favorite: 40-30
Underdog: 7-4
Home Favorite: 13-20
Home Dog: 2-0
Road Favorite: 17-6
Road Dog: 1-2
vs. Conference: 32-23
Non-conference: 15-11

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 35-45-1
On Extra Rest: 4-7
vs. Ranked: 12-22-1
Home: 13-22
Road: 15-11
Favorite: 30-39-1
Underdog: 5-6
Home Favorite: 12-21
Home Dog: 1-1
Road Favorite: 14-9
Road Dog: 1-2
Conference: 25-29-1
Non-conference: 10-16
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4. Billy Napier, Florida

*ULL ATS record since 2018

ATS Overall: 29-23-1 (55.7%)
On Extra Rest: 4-5
vs. Ranked: 2-3
After Win: 20-18
After Loss: 6-4-1
Home: 12-10-1
Road: 15-10
Favorite: 17-18-1
Underdog: 12-5
Home Favorite: 9-10-1
Home Dog: 3-0
Road Favorite: 7-6
Road Dog: 8-4
vs. Conference: 17-17-1
Non-conference: 12-6

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 21-31-1
On Extra Rest: 2-6-1
vs. Ranked: 3-2
Home: 6-17
Road: 12-13
Favorite: 13-22-1
Underdog: 8-9
Home Favorite: 5-15
Home Dog: 1-2
Road Favorite: 7-6
Road Dog: 5-7
Conference: 10-25
Non-conference: 11-6-1
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6. Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss

ATS Record (since 2020)

ATS Overall: 12-10-1 (54.3%)
On Extra Rest: 1-5
vs. Ranked: 3-5
After Win: 7-4-1
After Loss: 4-3
Home: 6-5-1
Road: 4-4
Favorite: 7-6-1
Underdog: 5-4
Home Favorite: 4-3-1
Home Dog: 2-2
Road Favorite: 2-2
Road Dog: 2-2
vs. Conference: 8-9
Non-conference: 4-1-1

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 9-14
On Extra Rest: 3-3
vs. Ranked: 3-5
Home: 6-6
Road: 3-5
Favorite: 6-8
Underdog: 3-6
Home Favorite: 4-4
Home Dog: 2-2
Road Favorite: 2-2
Road Dog: 1-3
Conference: 7-10
Non-conference: 2-4
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7. Brian Kelly, LSU

*Notre Dame ATS record since 2010

ATS Overall: 81-70-3 (53.6%)
On Extra Rest: 15-13
vs. Ranked: 26-23
After Win: 57-48-3
After Loss: 18-16
Home: 39-36-2
Road: 27-23-1
Favorite: 59-55-3
Underdog: 22-15
Home Favorite: 33-33-2
Home Dog: 6-3
Road Favorite: 17-17-1
Road Dog: 10-6
vs. Conference: 0-0
Non-conference: 81-70-3

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 67-86-1
On Extra Rest: 11-17
vs. Ranked: 20-29
Home: 32-45
Road: 24-26-1
Favorite: 51-65-1
Underdog: 16-21
Home Favorite: 30-38
Home Dog: 2-7
Road Favorite: 17-17-1
Road Dog: 7-9
Conference: 0-0
Non-conference: 67-86-1
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T8. Shane Beamer, South Carolina

ATS Record (since 2021)

ATS Overall: 6-6-1 (50%)
On Extra Rest: 2-0
vs. Ranked: 1-1
After Win: 1-4-1
After Loss: 4-2
Home: 4-3
Road: 1-3-1
Favorite: 2-1-1
Underdog: 4-5
Home Favorite: 2-1
Home Dog: 2-2
Road Favorite: 0-0-1
Road Dog: 1-3
vs. Conference: 3-5
Non-conference: 3-1-1

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 6-7
On Extra Rest: 2-0
vs. Ranked: 2-0
Home: 1-6
Road: 4-1
Favorite: 0-4
Underdog: 6-3
Home Favorite: 0-3
Home Dog: 1-3
Road Favorite: 0-1
Road Dog: 4-0
Conference: 5-3
Non-conference: 1-4
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T8. Clark Lea, Vanderbilt

ATS Record (since 2021)

ATS Overall: 6-6 (50%)
On Extra Rest: 1-0
vs. Ranked: 1-2
After Win: 0-2
After Loss: 6-3
Home: 2-5
Road: 4-1
Favorite: 0-2
Underdog: 6-4
Home Favorite: 0-2
Home Dog: 2-3
Road Favorite: 0-0
Road Dog: 4-1
vs. Conference: 5-3
Non-conference: 1-3

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 5-7
On Extra Rest: 0-1
vs. Ranked: 1-2
Home: 4-3
Road: 1-4
Favorite: 1-1
Underdog: 4-6
Home Favorite: 1-1
Home Dog: 3-2
Road Favorite: 0-0
Road Dog: 1-4
Conference: 3-5
Non-conference: 2-2
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T8. Mike Leach, Mississippi State

ATS Record (since 2020)

ATS Overall: 12-12 (50%)
On Extra Rest: 2-4
vs. Ranked: 6-4
After Win: 6-4
After Loss: 5-6
Home: 4-8
Road: 7-3
Favorite: 4-6
Underdog: 8-6
Home Favorite: 2-4
Home Dog: 2-4
Road Favorite: 1-1
Road Dog: 6-2
vs. Conference: 9-9
Non-conference: 3-3

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 10-14
On Extra Rest: 2-4
vs. Ranked: 6-4
Home: 4-8
Road: 5-5
Favorite: 4-6
Underdog: 6-8
Home Favorite: 3-3
Home Dog: 1-5
Road Favorite: 0-2
Road Dog: 5-3
Conference: 7-11
Non-conference: 3-3
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11. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

ATS Record (since 2013)

ATS Overall: 53-58-1 (47.8%)
On Extra Rest: 7-11-1
vs. Ranked: 16-12-1
After Win: 32-22-1
After Loss: 18-30
Home: 30-33
Road: 20-22
Favorite: 23-25-1
Underdog: 29-33
Home Favorite: 20-19
Home Dog: 9-14
Road Favorite: 3-4
Road Dog: 17-18
vs. Conference: 34-40
Non-conference: 19-18-1

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 57-55
On Extra Rest: 7-12
vs. Ranked: 13-16
Home: 39-24
Road: 15-27
Favorite: 29-20
Underdog: 28-34
Home Favorite: 26-13
Home Dog: 13-10
Road Favorite: 2-5
Road Dog: 13-22
Conference: 31-43
Non-conference: 26-12
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12. Bryan Harsin, Auburn

ATS Record (since 2021)

ATS Overall: 6-7 (46.2%)
On Extra Rest: 1-1
vs. Ranked: 3-4
After Win: 3-3
After Loss: 2-4
Home: 4-3
Road: 2-3
Favorite: 3-3
Underdog: 3-4
Home Favorite: 3-2
Home Dog: 1-1
Road Favorite: 0-1
Road Dog: 2-2
vs. Conference: 4-4
Non-conference: 2-3

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 5-8
On Extra Rest: 0-2
vs. Ranked: 1-6
Home: 4-3
Road: 1-4
Favorite: 4-2
Underdog: 1-6
Home Favorite: 4-1
Home Dog: 0-2
Road Favorite: 0-1
Road Dog: 1-3
Conference: 2-6
Non-conference: 3-2
Auburn Preview | Top 10 PlayersSchedule Analysis

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13. Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri

ATS Record (since 2020)

ATS Overall: 9-14 (39.1%)
On Extra Rest: 4-2
vs. Ranked: 3-5
After Win: 4-7
After Loss: 3-6
Home: 6-7
Road: 2-7
Favorite: 3-7
Underdog: 6-7
Home Favorite: 2-5
Home Dog: 4-2
Road Favorite: 1-2
Road Dog: 1-5
vs. Conference: 8-10
Non-conference: 1-4

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 12-11
On Extra Rest: 3-3
vs. Ranked: 3-5
Home: 8-5
Road: 4-5
Favorite: 7-3
Underdog: 5-8
Home Favorite: 5-2
Home Dog: 3-3
Road Favorite: 2-1
Road Dog: 2-4
Conference: 9-9
Non-conference: 3-2
Missouri Preview | Top 10 PlayersSchedule Analysis

14. Josh Heupel, Tennessee

ATS Record (since 2021)

ATS Overall: 5-8 (38.5%)
On Extra Rest: 1-1
vs. Ranked: 1-4
After Win: 1-6
After Loss: 4-1
Home: 3-5
Road: 2-2
Favorite: 4-3
Underdog: 1-5
Home Favorite: 3-2
Home Dog: 0-3
Road Favorite: 1-0
Road Dog: 1-2
vs. Conference: 3-5
Non-conference: 2-3

Over/Under (to the over)

Overall: 10-3
On Extra Rest: 2-0
vs. Ranked: 3-2
Home: 6-2
Road: 3-1
Favorite: 6-1
Underdog: 4-2
Home Favorite: 4-1
Home Dog: 2-1
Road Favorite: 1-0
Road Dog: 2-1
Conference: 6-2
Non-conference: 4-1
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College Football Expansion Top 10 Candidates From Group of Five Conferences

Top 10 – plus one – Group of Five conference schools that make sense for expansion.

With the Big Ten expanding with USC and UCLA, and the Pac-12 scrambling as we speak to keep what it has and figure out other options, who’s available?

Of course, all the talk is about whether or not Oregon and Washington might be next to go, and if the Big 12 will try to steal programs from somewhere, and if the ACC finally puts a ring on it with Notre Dame, or if the Big Ten gets there first.

How about the schools that might not be the big, giant, massive gets, but would fill a hole and help build up the base of the Pac-12 or Big 12 or, maybe, the ACC?

None of these ten schools have the stuff to be considered for the Big Ten or SEC, but they’re still very, very attractive.

All ten of these schools have something in common – people. Big enrollments, decent-to-huge alumni bases, good-to-fantastic media markets.

Here are the key categories …

Enrollment: At least 20,000. The school has to be big – no SMU.
Alumni Base: Where are the national eyeballs? In a streaming world, this is a big deal.
Media Market: This matters more than anything else.
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: How good is your school? This matters more than you might think.
AAU Member: Are you part of the Association of American Universities? This is a big deal to the Big Ten. To cut to the chase, no one on this list is.
Tier 1 Research: Are you an elite research school with all the stuff that comes with that? This one can be bent a little bit – Notre Dame isn’t, and Nebraska was, but isn’t now.
Stadium Size: Not a dealbreaker, but having a big house is nice.

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Yeah, it’s supposed to be a top ten list, but there’s one more that has to be on here. Added at the last moment …

11. Temple

Enrollment: 32,343
Alumni Base: 360,000
Media Market: 4
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 103
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Lincoln Financial Field, 69,676

Pros: MASSIVE market with huge alumni base. Solid school. Better recruiting area than you’d think.
Cons: It’s Temple football. There have been moments, but it’s a city school in a pro town.
Best Power Five Fit: ACC
Bottom Line: Don’t blow this off like you just did. Remember, media markets media markets media markets. Penn State might have a hold on Philadelphia – for the most part – but for the ACC or Big 12, getting a top five media market makes up for all of the other concerns.

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10. Nevada

Enrollment: 20,194
Media Market: 104
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 227
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Mackay Stadium, 27,000

Pros: Good football history. It’s THE University of Nevada. Tier 1 Research helps.
Cons: Football facilities – the stadium – aren’t great. Smallish market. It’s not Las Vegas.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: It might work for the Big 12, too. It’s not a needle-mover for the Pac-12, but it’s an easy geographical tie-in with Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, and anyone else from the Mountain West.

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9. Boise State

Enrollment: 22,113
Alumni Base: 80,000
Media Market: 101
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 299-391
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Albertsons Stadium, 36,387

Pros: Great football history. Solid hoops. Not awful media market.
Cons: School size. Lack of national base.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: For football fans this is an easy fit. Business-wise, this is tough without a whole lot of eyeballs, and with the region already partly taken up already by Washington State and Oregon State.

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8. UTSA

Enrollment: 34,734
Alumni Base: 126,000
Media Market: 31
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 299-391
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Alamodome, 64,000

Pros: Rabid fan base. Texas recruiting base. Great media market. Tier 1 research.
Cons: Big stadium, but could use a different look and feel for a college market. Academic ranking.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: It’s a big school that does the almost impossible and expands the footprint somewhere in Texas. Easy tie-in with the Texas Big 12 schools.

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7. Fresno State

Enrollment: 24,403
Alumni Base: 300,000
Media Market: 55
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 213
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Bulldog Stadium, 40,727

Pros: A decent California media market in range of San Francisco and Sacramento. Big enrollment. Great fans. Geographically fits in between a whole slew of options.
Cons: Academic ranking just okay – not Tier 1 or AAU. Yes, it’s a good market, but it’s not so massive. It’s more of a part-of-a-group school than a must-have.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: The Pac-12 needs to keep its branding as the conference for the West Coast, and that means loading up on California schools. Fresno State would bring energy to football dates with Stanford and Cal – notoriously hot-and-cold fan bases.

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6. Memphis

Enrollment: 20,585
Alumni Base: 165,000
Media Market: 51
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 249
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Liberty Bowl, 58,325

Pros: Decent media market. Tier 1 school. Hotbed area for football. Good hoops.
Cons: Media market isn’t that great. Academic rankings just okay. Decent enrollment but not giant.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: This should soon be an easy call for the Big 12. It fits right in with the city football schools from the AAC like Cincinnati and Houston, and it’s in easy range of Oklahoma and Texas.

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5. East Carolina

Enrollment: 28,962
Alumni Base: 190,916
Media Market: 102
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 213
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, 51,000

Pros: Interesting TV market that increases the non-ACC footprint. Good stadium size and great fan base. Underrated recruiting base.
Cons: Tier 2. Brand name not there nationally. No real non-ACC geographic fit.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: The ACC already has Duke, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest, It doesn’t needs to get a lot more North Carolina, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea just in case the Big Ten figures out how to get UNC out of its awful Grant of Rights media deal. The Big 12, though, has to think like the Big Ten. Media markets, new eyeballs, new footprint, grow the brand. Do this, and the league extends from Provo to the Atlantic Ocean.

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4. Colorado State

Enrollment: 28,962
Alumni Base: 240,000
Media Market: 16 (counts as part of the Denver market)
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 148
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Canvas Stadium, 41,000

Pros: Denver market relatively untapped by the Big Ten and Big 12. Good fan base. Terrific new stadium. Academic ranking fine. Tier 1.
Cons: Overshadowed by University of Colorado just down the road. Hasn’t made a huge football splash in a while.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: How has this not happened yet? If Colorado somehow gets snagged by the Big Ten, this is an easy grab for the Pac-12, but the Big 12 should be all over the Denver market and easy tie-in to Kansas and Kansas State.

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3. UNLV

Enrollment: 28,600
Alumni Base: 135,000
Media Market: 40
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 249
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Allegiant Stadium, 64,676

Pros: It’s Vegas. There’s a reason why the Raiders wanted to set up shop there. Good media market. Lots of students. Great stadium.
Cons: UNLV football has been AWFUL. Academics just okay – even as a Tier 1 school.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: This needs to be done yesterday. With the LA schools gone, Las Vegas needs to be the Pac-12’s home base, and that means it needs UNLV as an easy host school to step up the snazz for a league that suddenly needs it.

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2. San Diego State

Enrollment: 33,778
Alumni Base: 300,000
Media Market: 27
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 148
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Snapdragon Stadium, 35,000 (could go up to 55,000 as needed)

Pros: Great media market with no NFL team. Shiny new stadium. Red hot school that just got over 100,000 applications for 2022. Great football program. Great hoops. It’s San Diego.
Cons: Not AAU, and not Tier 1. Yes, there’s a fan base, but it needs to rise up and rock. It’s San Diego – there are other things to do.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: The Tier 2 designation is a killer, but the Pac-12 can’t screw around right now. It’s the Pac-12 – it MUST have a presence in southern California. At the moment, the closest in-state school to LA is Stanford.

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1. USF

Enrollment: 49,591
Alumni Base: 290,000
Media Market: 13
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 103
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Raymond James Stadium, 65,618

Pros: Tampa media market. MASSIVE student body. Decent academic status. Outstanding recruiting base.
Cons: Atmosphere isn’t there with off-campus stadium. Football team has fallen off. Commuter school tag – fans need a winner to show up.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: It’s INSANE that the Big 12 hasn’t cleaned this up. If you’re going to add UCF, you have to get USF – you own I-4 AND you have the Tampa and Orlando markets. Combine all that with the gigantic enrollments at the two schools, and … the ACC has to give this some thought, too.

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