Georgia Betting Odds Preview
The Georgia Bulldogs almost crashed the BCS party last year, winning the SEC East again and giving eventual national champion Alabama all it could handle in the conference title game. Two-loss UGA then had to settle for a Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska. So that's two straight conference championship game berths but nothing to show for it. Can the Bulldogs make it three in a row, and maybe this time get past Alabama or LSU or whatever monster the West Division throws against them?
Georgia, with 15 starters back from a 10-win team of 2011, started 5-0 last year, averaging 48 PPG in the process. But the Bulldogs then went into Columbia and got crunched by the Gamecocks 35-7, then trailed lowly Kentucky late into the third quarter as 25-point favorites before escaping with a 29-24 win. But in the biggest game of the year Georgia took advantage of six Florida turnovers to beat the Gators 17-9 in Jacksonville.
That victory eventually earned the 'Dawgs the tie-breaker atop the East Division. UGA then almost spoiled Alabama's season, and almost earned a shot at the national title for itself, in the SEC championship game, driving inside the Tide 10-yard line before running out of time in a 32-28 defeat. Georgia went 8-6 ATS last year, and 6-3 ATS in SEC play, but it was also 0-4 ATS against its four largest pointspreads: -38 against Buffalo, -41 against Florida Atlantic, -26 against Kentucky, and -35 against Georgia Southern.
Maybe the 'Dawgs shouldn't be favored by that much. This year UGA returns nine starters on offense, led by senior QB Aaron Murray (36/10 TD/INT ratio last year), the “Gurshall” RB combo, and the entire offensive line, but only three starters are back on defense. Sounds like Georgia might play a lot of high-scoring games again this season. The Bulldogs catch some breaks on the schedule; while they open at Clemson, they get South Carolina and LSU at home, their three SEC road games are very winnable, and they miss Alabama and Texas A&M, at least until a possible conference championship game matchup.
SEC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 29
South Carolina +500
Texas A&M +850
Mississippi State +10000