Last Updated: 2017-11-07
The Georgia Bulldogs are experiencing a dream season under second-year head coach Kirby Smart, and they have their eyes on the four-team college football playoff. However, there’s a good chance they’ll be primed for some revenge as they face off against the Auburn Tigers, in a game that begins at 3:30 PM ET at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL. If you are a VietBet customer, you can get reduced juice on this game, giving you a better number before it starts, and then, after the opening kickoff, you can compete against the college football odds in real time, using the facilities provided through Live Betting Ultra.
Georgia has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series, and that includes an upset last season, as they beat Auburn 13-7 at home. Now, in effect, Auburn gets to play the potential “spoiler” role, but remember that they conceivably have a chance to make it into the SEC title game. The Tigers get a breather against Louisiana-Monroe next week, then it’s the Iron Bowl against Alabama. As far as Georgia is concerned, they’ll play Kentucky next week at home, and then go to Atlanta for the annual rivalry game against Georgia Tech. They are #2 in both polls, but #1 in the all-important Playoff Rankings, and that is ahead of Alabama.
The Bulldogs, carrying a 9-0 record into this one (6-3 ATS) have let only one team get close, and that was Notre Dame, which has moved into the #3 spot in the polls. But maybe the toughest job is ahead of them on Saturday. Auburn, which suffered a disappointing 27-23 loss at LSU on October 14, has come back with two rather decisive victories, winning by 32 points at Arkansas and 15 points at Texas A&M.They have now scored at least 40 points in five of their last six games.The Tigers are currently 7-2 straight-up and 3-6 ATS.
In the college football odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, Georgia is favored on the road:
Georgia Bulldogs -2 (-120)
Auburn Tigers +2 (+100)
Over 47 points -110
Under 47 points -110
Since the injury to Kamryn Pettway, who was not having a great season anyway, Kerryon Johnson is very firmly the man at the running back spot for the War Eagle. He has 868 yards with 15 touchdowns, and has not fumbled yet, which is obviously important in Guz Malzahn’s overall philosophy. The Tigers have only gotten 227 rushing yards from Jarrett Stidham, the Baylor transfer who took over quarterback this season, but Stidham has been virtually error-free at the position, throwing only three interceptions in 220 attempts. And even though Ryan Davis is, by a large measure, his favored receiver, getting 25% of all targets, there is an explosive guy Georgia has to lookout for – Darius Slayton, who has averaged 31 yards per catch. That’s right; we said THIRTY-ONE yards per reception. Against Texas A&M, he caught two passes – one for 53 yards and the other for 46. So he is definitely a big-play guy.
And he’s one of the better back stories in this game as well, as he switched his commitment from Georgia to Auburn coming out of high school. Obviously he’s happy with his decision. “This is definitely a big game for me, being from Georgia,” Slayton said. “I’ve been looking forward to this one all year.”
For Georgia, it’s a simple proposition on offense – run the football with some efficiency, and make sure you don’t put quarterback Jake Fromm in a position where he commits turnovers. Fromm has thrown only four interceptions in 150 attempts, and that’s been good enough to get the Bulldogs where they are. It’s even a better story when you consider that from had to step in for highly-touted sophomore Jacob Eason, who suffered an injury in the opening game.
As far as that ground attack is concerned, it is double-barreled, with Nick Chubb (867 yards, 6.2 per attempt) and Sony Michel (710 yards, 7.9 yards a pop) really taking care of business. Each of them have scored nine rushing touchdowns.
The difference in this game could well be on the defensive side, as Georgia has been even stronger than expected in that area. Only Missouri has reached 20 points against them, and that was because it was “garbage time.” The Bulldogs ranked fifth in the nation in Success Rate against the run, and 10th against the pass. These are some pretty powerful numbers when considering that Auburn has that workhorse back and will be looking to make big plays through the air. We’ll favor Georgia in this game, as they look to be heading toward what could be a very interesting conference championship game against Alabama.
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