Wanna bet? A look at this week’s SEC games, from the handicapping side

Betting on conference title games

Tyler Wyatt has been gambling his entire life. From playing penny-a-point gin rummy with his grandmother in kindergarten to running parlays in middle school to being groomed by Jimmy Vaccaro, Billy Walters and some of the world’s best hustlers, gambling has been a centerpiece in his life.

Tyler hosts “Three For The Money,” a gambling sports talk show in Knoxville on Sports Radio 1180AM WVLZ.

For those of you who take an interest in the outcome beyond who simply won and lost, we hope you’ll enjoy his perspective on Saturday’s SEC games from a handicapping point of view.

BENNY SNELL JR., by Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports

Missouri at Kentucky

Line: Kentucky by 10
Total: 61
The play: Kentucky minus-10
Here’s why: Missouri coach Barry Odom and Tennessee coach Butch Jones are neck and neck on who wants to be fired first. Since an impressive offensive performance by Drew Lock to open the season against Missouri State (where Missouri trailed early in the third quarter), the Tigers’ offense has struggled mightily. The Tigers had more yards and points in the opener than the past three games combined. Odom fired defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross after the loss to South Carolina, and it seems like things are unraveling for Mizzou. Missouri has yet to cover a game on the road under Odom, and Kentucky is eyeing a bye week before a trip to Starkville. The Wildcats need a win to keep up with Georgia and to gain ground on Florida after choking away a win versus the Gators in Lexington. Mark Stoops and company were tested by Eastern Michigan last week, as we expected. You could argue that this game is a trap for Kentucky, with Drew Lock having the arm that he does, but this Missouri team is on the verge of imploding. Look for Kentucky to dish out a heavy dose of Benny Snell Jr.; Missouri gives up almost 200 yards per game on the ground. Missouri’s average scoring margin is minus-22.4 points on the road under Odom, and in East Division games, the Tigers have lost by an average of 15.4 points. With a win, the Wildcats get to 5-1 going into a bye and on track to finish the season strong; a victory also means hopes for a late run to an SEC East title remain a possibility.
Predicted score: Kentucky 41, Missouri 24

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