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The Bulldogs thought they had a shot at an SEC championship last season, and maybe even a BCS title game berth, but the injury bug took a big bite and when all was said and done Georgia wasn't even ranked in the final college football rankings. The 'Dawgs were also one of the worst teams in the country to bet on last year, covering just three spreads.

This year Georgia has to replace its four-year starting quarterback but returns a Heisman candidate at running back and most of the defense. And the schedule seems accommodating. In college football futures betting the Bulldogs are 8/5 co-favorites, along with South Carolina, to win the SEC East this season.

Georgia Odds to Win SEC: 6/1 at Bovada
Georgia Odds to Win College Football Championship: 14/1 at Bovada
Georgia Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 at Bovada
Georgia Betting Props: Todd Gurley to Win Heisman 14/1 at Bovada

Georgia opened last year with a tough loss to Clemson, then won four in a row, beating South Carolina and LSU along the way. But injuries to some key skills people began to take a toll, and the 'Dawgs lost back-to-back games to Missouri and Vanderbilt, ending any hopes of a title of any kind. Georgia later beat Florida, lost that heartbreaker at Auburn, beat rival Georgia Tech (for the fifth time in a row) but lost to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl to finish at 8-5 SU, a pocket-picking 3-9 ATS.

This year Georgia returns six starters on offense, led by RB Todd Gurley, but they'll have to replace QB Aaron Murray and three of the big dogs along the offensive line. But on defense they've got eight starters back, including six of the front seven. So while the Bulldogs might not score 37 points per game, like they did last year, they probably won't give up 29 PPG, either.

Georgia opens this season with a rematch at home against Clemson, then begins SEC play at South Carolina. But the rest of the schedule seems manageable, and the 'Dawgs miss both Alabama and LSU -  at least until a possible SEC championship game matchup.

SEC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Alabama 7/5
Auburn 5/1
South Carolina 5/1
Georgia 6/1
LSU 13/2
Florida 12/1
Ole Miss 14/1
Texas A&M 25/1
Mississippi State 40/1
Missouri 40/1
Tennessee 50/1
Arkansas 100/1
Kentucky 200/1
Vanderbilt 200/1

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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?

Odds to Win SEC: +400 at 5Dimes
Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 at 5Dimes

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

Alabama +140
Georgia +400
South Carolina +500
Texas A&M +850
Florida +950
LSU +1250
Mississippi +2700
Vanderbilt +4500
Tennessee +6000
Missouri +6000
Mississippi State +10000
Arkansas +10500
Auburn +12500
Kentucky +20000