The college football weekend may have just wrapped, but it's never too early to look ahead to the next one. And with Week 9 now just a few days away, here is an early look at next Saturday's point spreads.
For the first time, we truly will have a loaded Saturday, with virtually all of the SEC returning to action (after several had bye weeks) and the Big Ten playing a full slate as well. This will also be the final weekend without Pac-12 football.
Here are your early opening SEC lines, via Circa Sports book:
No. 5 Georgia (-13) at Kentucky
LSU at Auburn (-2)
Ole Miss (-18) at Vanderbilt
Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama (-33)
Arkansas at No. 8 Texas A&M (-15)
Missouri at No. 10 Florida
Off the top of my head, it feels like there is some good early value on some of these lines. Georgia giving less than two touchdowns fresh out of a bye week feels like a good early number for the Dawgs, especially playing a Kentucky team which has largely struggled to move the ball this season. Two touchdowns also feels like an awful lot for Arkansas to be getting with the way their defense has played so far this season.
As for the Big Ten, here are some of the early look ahead lines there:
Minnesota (-18) at Maryland
Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan (-23)
Purdue (-4) at Illinois
No. 9 Wisconsin (-9) at Nebraska
No. 17 Indiana (-12) at Rutgers
Northwestern at Iowa (-3)
No. 3 Ohio State (-8) at No. 18 Penn State
Obviously the game that jumps out is Ohio State, which is just a little over a touchdown favorite on the road at Penn State. That number is both surprising and not, as in the "not surprising" category, the Nittany Lions have historically given Ohio State trouble, but it is also a bit surprising given that Penn State is coming off a loss to Indiana in their opener.
Regardless, those are the big lines. Make sure to check back in later this week, when I drop my official picks for these games.