NCAA Football Betting - Tennessee vs. Georgia
This Saturday the Tennessee Volunteers will roll into Georgia for a great SEC battle. Game time is 3:30 pm ET and the game will air on CBS. Tennessee comes into this game 3-1 while Georgia has a 4-0 record. The Volunteers have beat up on three teams but lost 37-20 to then #18 Florida. Georgia has crept into the #5 spot after defeating a number of weaker teams but they have done so in a progressively impressive manner. Georgia will want to look good this week but stay healthy as they will take on #6 South Carolina in Week 6.
Georgia’s defense might be back at full strength this week as they return All-American safety Bacarri Rambo and their starting linebacker Alec Ogletree from team imposed suspensions. The final decision will be made pregame but insiders are suggesting it will happen this week. In the meantime Georgia’s defense has not suffered greatly from the absence of these two starts sitting at a ranking of 30th in the country. The team has allowed 66 points this season, 23, 20, 20 and 3 in the first four weeks of the season.
Tennessee has a total of 513 yards this season and Georgia has edged them out with 530 total yards. Interestingly Tennessee has the better passing offense, 9th in the country, with a total of 344 yards. Georgia’s passing game is ranked 30th. But in the rushing game Georgia clobbers Tennessee with a ranking of 18th to Tennessee’s 59th. The bottom line is Georgia converts their drives for touchdowns and Tennessee has been less successful. The predicted spread for this game is 13 points favoring Georgia.
A win this week would give Georgia four straight wins against Tennessee. To win the game or upset the spread Tennessee will have to clog up Georgia’s run game between the tackles. Georgia’s running backs are averaging over 6 yards a carry. Also, Tennessee needs quarterback Tyler Bray to keep up the passing game. Bray has averaged 8.79 yards a pass making it imperative that Georgia slow Bray and his receivers to a halt. Unfortunately, Tennessee has a knack for giving up big plays while on defense. Tennessee was ahead of Florida at half time before giving up 27 points in the second half. Hopefully for the Volunteers they will have learnt their lesson for this week.
Actually a point spread of 13 is a fairly good nod to the potency of Tennessee considering Georgia has won its games this season 45-23, 41-20, 56-20 and 48-3. Picking Georgia to win makes sense; they have an established run game with a reasonable pass game to keep a defense honest. Tennessee has a fantastic pass game but with Georgia likely to get two great players back into their defense and the passing defense should be improved. Georgia has yet to face a stronger opponent so this will be a test for them to prove they belong in the Top 5. Georgia to win by more than 13 points is still a good bet even against a strong offensive performance from Tennessee. Tennessee will surprise everyone if they can stop the Georgia run game.
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