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SEC Championship Game Betting Preview: Georgia & Auburn Meet With Playoff Lives On the Line

For the first time in the 26-year history of the final, Auburn and Georgia will collide in the SEC championship game for the right to be crowned the winner of the toughest conference in college football.

MyBookie opened the Bulldogs as 2-point road underdogs with a total of 49.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of Georgia’s last four games against Auburn.
  • Georgia is 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games against its conference.
  • Georgia is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games against Auburn.

Auburn recently pulled off a massive upset in the 2017 edition of the Iron Bowl by stunning Alabama 26-14. A shot at the College Football Playoff is very much a possibility if Gus Malzahn’s two-loss team can knock off Georgia this weekend.

The Tigers have won five straight heading into the championship tilt while going 3-1-1 ATS over that span. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been fantastic, as the signal-caller has completed 72 percent of his passes while averaging 234 yards per game in the winning streak. Stidham has thrown eight touchdowns and two interceptions in that span.

Georgia’s only setback of the 2017 campaign came against Auburn earlier this month when the Tigers cruised to a 40-17 win at home. The Bulldogs had a clear path to the College Football Playoff before the loss, so a win here would make it tough for the committee to decline them an invite to the big dance since they would be essentially making up for that blemish.

Georgia has been a fantastic wager on the year, evidenced by the Bulldogs going 8-4 ATS so far this season. Despite the aforementioned loss a few weeks ago, the Bulldogs are 3-1 ATS in their last four meetings with the Tigers.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Georgia Bulldogs opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this one at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of writing time. Check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 37-36 result in favor of the Tigers. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Georgia Bulldogs vs Auburn Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Auburn Tigers currently sport a record of 10-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-4-3 ATS. The Georgia Bulldogs are 11-1 and 8-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Tigers post a 7-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulldogs have gone 5-7 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Auburn vs Georgia injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 4 and the Bulldogs sitting at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Auburn Tigers' No. 19-ranked offense (36.67 PPG) against a Georgia Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 5 at 13.75 PPG. The Tigers passing attack has averaged 232.58 yards per game, more than the Bulldogs give up through the air (159.42 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Bulldogs feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 131.5 yards per game. Auburn, meanwhile, ranks No. 16 in rushing offense at home.

Kerryon Johnson went over the 100-yard mark (104) in his team's latest effort as Auburn defeated Alabama by a score of 26-14 on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Georgia is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Georgia is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia's last 7 games
  • Georgia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Auburn
  • Auburn is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Auburn's last 9 games
  • Auburn is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Georgia
  • Auburn is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Georgia