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Georgia Ready to Give Alabama a Fight

Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide October 12, 2020

The Georgia Bulldogs defense has looked mostly stout through the first three weeks of the SEC season – but it’ll face its stiffest test Saturday as the Bulldogs visit the Alabama Crimson Tide. Georgia (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) cruised to a 44-21 win over Tennessee last week while the Crimson Tide (3-0 SU, 1-2 ATS) outgunned plucky Ole Miss 63-48.

Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Date/Time: October 17, 8 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium
  • TV Coverage: CBS
  • Opening Odds: Alabama -5 | O/U 56.5 (Line History)
  • Georgia vs Alabama Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Crimson Tide have opened as 5-point favorites for the latest edition of this heated SEC rivalry; it’s the third straight time Alabama has been favored in the head-to-head series. The total kicks off at 56.5.

Georgia News & Notes

The Bulldogs have boasted one of the top defensive units in the nation for years – and that reputation has carried over into the 2020 season, with Georgia having held its first three opponents (including two ranked teams) to an average of 12.3 points. That includes an uncharacteristically slow start vs the Volunteers, who put up 21 first-half points but were blanked after the break.

As impressive as the Georgia defense has looked, the offense has also been a difference-maker so far, averaging 36 points per game. And given how unbelievably porous the Crimson Tide defense looked last week, there are opportunities here from a DFS standpoint; WR Kearis Jackson (19 receptions, 300 yards, TD) is the most appealing option relative to his projected salary.

Alabama News & Notes

First, the positive: Alabama was dominant on offense vs the Rebels, scoring nine touchdowns on 11 total possessions (and fumbling on the one-yard line on one of their other two trips down the field). While running back Najee Harris was the guy responsible for that turnover, he more than made up for it with 206 rushing yards and five scores.

So how will Harris fare against the Bulldogs? We recommend fading him in daily fantasy contests, except as a dart throw in a large-field tournament. Georgia has been ruthless when it comes to stifling opposing ground games, limiting foes to 38.3 rushing yards per game (fewest in Division I) on a pitiful 1.5 yards per carry. Georgia hasn’t allowed a run longer than 19 yards.

Betting Pick: Georgia +5 (-110)

The Bulldogs have looked better than the Crimson Tide and have shown enough prowess on both sides of the football to warrant the ATS pick here.

Shark Bites
  • Georgia is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in its last 6 road games.
  • Alabama is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games in October.
  • The UNDER is 10-2 in Georgia’s last 12 games.