Monday, November 29

Auburn vs. Georgia Odds, Prediction, Betting Trends for SEC on CBS Showdown

No. 2 Georgia travels to No. 18 Auburn in an SEC showdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on CBS, and this is the latest chapter of The Oldest Rivalry in the Deep South, dating back to 1892.

Georgia (5-0) continues to dominate with a defense that ranks first on the FBS in total yards (177.8) and points per game (4.6). Quarterback JT Daniels has missed two games with an oblique injury, and if he can’t go, Stetson Bennett will be forced into action again.

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Auburn (4-1) also has a quarterback intrigue. Bo Nix and TJ Finley could see time in a game the Tigers need to stay in the image of the SEC West and College Football Playoff. Auburn is on a two-game winning streak, but those wins were uneven performances against Georgia State and LSU.

With that in mind, here’s everything bettors need to know for the Bulldogs vs. Tigers showdown:

Georgia vs. Auburn Odds

  • Spread: Georgia -16.5
  • Below: 47.5
  • Money line: Georgia -950, Auburn +590

Three trends to know

– Georgia has outscored its last two opponents 99-0. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS this season. Georgia is a 14-6 ATS favorite on the road with Smart since 2016.

– The Bulldogs have won the last four games of the series by an average of 18.3 points per game. Auburn’s last win against Georgia was a 40-17 beating at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2017, which the Bulldogs avenged in the SEC championship game.

– Auburn is 3-2 ATS this season and is an underdog for the third time this season. The Tigers are 25-4 S / U at home since 2017. The Bulldogs won the last game at Jordan-Hare Stadium 21-14.

Three things to look at

Who are the quarterbacks? Bennett is a seasoned backup who can replace Daniels. Bennett has completed 70.7 percent of his passes this season, but his career split (59.4%, 5 TD, 6 INT) is a concern. Nix and Finley have combined to hit 56.8% of their passes this season. Nix has averaged 45 pass attempts in his last two starts against Georgia, but that comes with just one TD and one interception.

The Auburn running game. Jarquez Hunter and Tank Bigsby have to keep the Tigers in time against a Georgia defense that allows only 2.4 yards per rushing attempt. The Bulldogs are averaging six tackles per loss per game, and Adam Anderson (4.5 TFL) and Nakobe Dean (4.0 TFL) have been disruptive all season. The Tigers can’t give up the race, even if he’s not hitting early.

Georgia receivers. Auburn has also been good against the running game, allowing just 2.5 yards per carry. Georgia’s young group of catchers weren’t asked to do much against Arkansas last week. Tight end Brock Bowers has been the main receiver, but the trio of Jermaine Burton, Adonai Mitchell and Ladd McConkey have formed something of a committee. Auburn cornerbacks Roger McCreary and Smoke Monday have combined for three interceptions.

Statistics that matter

Georgia has allowed just 10.2 first downs per game. Army led the FBS with 13.7 last season. That ability to dominate a game on defense is rare in college football now, but the Bulldogs have it. That puts pressure on Auburn’s freshman coach Bryan Harsin to be a little more aggressive early in the game.

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Prediction Georgia vs. Auburn

Even more remarkable is that Georgia has allowed six points in the first three quarters. The other 17 points were scored in the fourth quarter, which has been a cleanup job for the most part. This defense is dominant, and Nix will try the short passing game early to open up some running lines for Bigsby and Hunter. Georgia, however, will control the pace with its running game. Zamir White and James Cook are not flashy, but both will score in the first half. The Bulldogs will sail from there in the second half.

Final score: Georgia 31, Auburn 12

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