The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs attempt to remain unbeaten when they face the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
The Bulldogs have been installed as consensus -20.5 favorites on oddsboards with the total set at 55.5. Georgia backers could get a more favorable -20 at DraftKings as of Tuesday morning, and the total was up to 56.5 at FanDuel.
NCAAF · Sat (11/13) @ 3:30pm ET
|Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee|
Georgia Bulldogs (9-0, 6-3 ATS)
Georgia’s second-ranked defense has suffocated opponents all season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 43-6 rout of Missouri, and they haven’t given up more than 13 points in a game this year. Nobody has given up fewer points per game than Georgia (6.56). It allows just 231.8 yards per game, second nationally and trailing only Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, Georgia is 6-3 to the UNDER this season.
On offense, Georgia has taken a ground-and-pound approach since Stetson Bennett took over at QB for the injured JT Daniels. Daniels, a preseason Heisman candidate, has been dealing with oblique and lat issues since the season-opening 10-3 win against Clemson.
Despite the quarterback situation, Georgia’s offense is putting up 38.4 points and 346 yards per game. With its defense playing so stout, that’s more than enough to make a bona fide run at this year’s national championship.
Tennessee Volunteers (5-4, 4-5 ATS)
The Volunteers are coming off a big 45-42 win over Kentucky. Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker earned SEC offensive player of the week honors after throwing for 316 yards and four TDs.
Saturday’s game features a contrast of styles, as Hooker is the key cog in Tennessee’s up-tempo offense, which mirrors Georgia’s points and yards per game averages (38.2 and 344). It’s a different story on the other side of the ball, as the Vols 95th-ranked defense yields 418 yards and four TDs per game.
Nobody in the country plays quicker than Vols, who run nearly three plays per minute (2.89). Tennessee’s quick-strike offense was on display last week against Kentucky when JaVonta Payton hauled in a 75-yard TD pass from Hooker on the first play from scrimmage.
Sports Betting Recommendation
Our Pick: OVER 56 at Caesars
Can Tennessee become the first team to score 14 points against Georgia this year? The guess here is yes. As good as Georgia’s defense has been this year, it has yet to face an offense as dynamic as Tennessee’s. Last year, the Bulldogs beat the Vols, 44-21, between the hedges in Athens. Expect a similar outcome Saturday in Knoxville. With a slight lean to Georgia -20, the official play here is OVER 56.