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Georgia vs LSU SEC betting preview

Georgia opened as a 3-point home favorite over LSU in a big-time SEC showdown featuring two Top-10 teams.

No. 9 Georgia, likely playing it close to the vest, was sloppy in its win over North Texas on Saturday. But you can expect a more polished effort from the Bulldogs against No. 6 LSU. Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray has struggled against ranked opponents throughout his career, but did play well in the Bulldogs’ big win over South Carolina.

The bigger concern for Mark Richt is his defense against LSU’s powerful offensive line and running game. The Tigers rushed for 227 yards in a 35-21 win over Auburn.

LSU is 3-6 against the spread in its last nine SEC games.

These two teams last met in the 2010 SEC Championship Game, with LSU pulling away for a 42-10 win.

The Bulldogs currently sports a record of 2-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-2 ATS. The Tigers are 4-0 and 2-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulldogs post a 3-0 over under record this season, while the Tigers have gone 4-0 against the number.

View LSU Tigers vs Georgia Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Georgia were sitting as -3-point Favorite earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for over under betting purposes.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 4 and the Tigers at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 53-41 result in favor of the Tigers.

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In their last action, LSU was a 35-21 winner at home against Auburn. They failed to cover the 17-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (56) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Georgia's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 40.33 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 37 this week at 19.5 PPG. The Bulldogs aerial game is averaging 360.67 yards per game, more than the Tigers secondary allows through the air, 173.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 68-rated road run defense, allowing 197 yards per game. Georgia, meanwhile, ranks No. 58 in rushing offense at home.

A few Tigers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
LSU is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
LSU is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LSU's last 5 games
LSU is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Georgia is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Georgia is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia's last 5 games
Georgia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
LSU at Mississippi State, Saturday, October 5th
Georgia at Tennessee, Saturday, October 5th