College football action on Saturday evening and a pair of teams from the Southeastern Conference will square off as the Auburn Tigers go to war with the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Tigers enter this game off a 28-24 home win over Texas A&M, while the Bulldogs are off a 34-17 road win over Kentucky.
This is a rematch of the SEC Title game last year, which the Bulldogs won 28-7.
Tigers Squeak By The Aggies
The Auburn Tigers were expected to be a force in the SEC West this year, but it just hasn’t panned out the way they were hoping. Auburn is currently 6-3 overall and 3-3 in league play, but they have won their last two after topping Texas A&M at home last week by a score of 28-24. They will now look to play spoiler against a Georgia team that still has a shot at the NCAA playoffs. The Tigers were held to just 278 yards against the Aggies, including only 19 yards on the ground. Jarrett Stidham had a decent game as he threw for 259 yards and two TDs, which included an 11-yard TD Pass to Seth Williams with 12:41 left in the game to put them up for good.
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Stidham has not had a great year as he has thrown for 1953 yards with 10 TDs and four INTs on the year. The offense was expected to be much stronger this year, but as it stands they are 89th in total yards, 79th in passing, 82nd in rushing and 75th in scoring, putting up 25.3 ppg. The defense allowed 421 yards to A&M last week, but still, this defense has been tough all year. The Tigers enter the game 36th in yards allowed, 57th against the pass, 34th against the run and 13th in points allowed, giving up 17.3 ppg.
Bulldogs Headed Back To SEC Title Game
The Georgia Bulldogs are headed back to the SEC Title game for the 2nd year in a row after dispatching of Kentucky on the road last year by a score of 34-17. The Bulldogs took a 7- lead nearly five minutes into the game and never looked back. The Bulldogs are now at 8-1 on the year and in the 5th spot in the Playoff Rankings. They are still very much alive, but the Tigers are a formidable team that has been p[laying well of late. Georgia can not overlook them. The Dawks put up 444 yards and 34 points on the top scoring defense in the nation last week, and they will now look to do the same against another tough defense in Auburns.
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Georgia ran for 331 yards in the game with D’Andre Swift leading the way. He had 156 yards and two TDs, while Elijah Holyfield had 115 yards and a score. Both have over 60 yards rushing on the year, and Georgi continues to churn out strong running backs. Jake Fromm had a pedestrian game with 113 yards passing and a TD. He has thrown for 1762 yards with 17 TDs and just four INTs. The Dawgs are 29th in total offense and 20th in scoring, putting up 38.1 ppg. They can also play defense as they come in ranked 13th in yards allowed, 11th against the pass, 35th against the run and 10th in points allowed, giving up just 16.4 ppg.
- The Under is 19-6-1 in their last 26 home games
- The Under is 5-2 in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in November
- The Under is 10-2-2 in their last 14 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
There are many trends that say the Dawgs are the play, but I say they are not. Georgia still has hopes of a playoff spot, but the Tigers have been playing well of late and they have the added motivation of revenge for a loss in last year’s SEC Title game. The Auburn defense has been solid and will make just enough stops to keep this one close.
Prediction: Auburn +14
Full-Game Total Pick
I do not see 50 points at all in this one. both teams play excellent defense and both teams run more than they throw, while will eat up the clock. This should be a tight low-scoring game, especially since the Under is 19-7-1 in Auburn’s last 27 vs. a team with a winning record.
Prediction: Under 52.5
Half-Time Side Pick
This should be a tight game throughout. The Bulldogs have outscored their foes by 14.4 ppg in the first half, but Auburn has outscored their foes by 7.7 pg over the first 30 minutes of a game. Look for the Dawgs to lead by no more than a FG at the break.
Prediction: Auburn +7
Half-Time Total Bet
I love this play. this should be a low scoring game throughout and especially in the first half as the teams feel each other out. The Dawgs have allowed just 6.2 ppg in the first half, while the Tigers have given up just 8.5 ppg in the first half. This contest has 10-7 at the break written all over it.
Prediction: Under 27