Nov 16, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Rodd Gurley (3) carries the ball pursued by Auburn Tigers linebacker Jake Holland (5) and LaDraius Owens (10) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

UGA Football Odds: Early Vegas lines have Bulldogs as heavy favorites


Fall football camps may still be weeks away, but Vegas is always in season, and the oddsmakers at the Golden Nugget have released some early college football lines that has UGA football heavily favored against a few opponents.

The graphic from the Nugget doesn’t list all games, just some highlighted ones they consider to be “Games of the Year” between opponents that traditionally get a lot of action at the casino.

Georgia comes in favored in eight of the nine games the Nugget is handicapping, with the only underdog game being against South Carolina. With Georgia’s history of struggling early in the year (and against Spurrier) that’s not at all surprising.

But in the eight games in which the Bulldogs are the favorites, four of them are double-digit spreads, so there’s a lot of confidence brewing about this year’s Georgia team in Vegas so far.

Here are the lines on Georgia’s games as published by the Golden Nugget in Vegas.

Favorite
Spread
Underdog
Date/Location
Georgia9ClemsonAug. 30/Athens, Ga.
South Carolina3GeorgiaSept. 13/Columbia, S.C.
Georgia17TennesseeSept. 27/Athens, Ga.
Georgia24VanderbiltOct. 4/Athens, Ga.
Georgia7MissouriOct. 11/Columbia, Mo.
Georgia14.5ArkansasOct. 18/Little Rock, Ar.
Georgia9FloridaNov. 1/Jacksonville, Fl.
Georgia1AuburnNov. 15/Athens, Ga.
Georgia14Georgia TechNov. 29/Athens, Ga.

It looks like the folks in Vegas are having a tough time deciding if Auburn was really that good, or just that lucky last year. I think the Bulldog Nation knows the answer to that. Besides, both Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons are gone, so there is nobody for Nick Marshall to burn to a cinder in the secondary on a last second heave this year.

The biggest spread – 24 points against Vanderbilt – isn’t surprising at all. Vandy just lost the best coach (and biggest pain in the butt) they’ve ever had, with James Franklin heading up to Penn State to try and resuscitate the Nittany Lions. Things could be ugly for the Commodores this season.

The most surprising spread in my estimation is the nine point spread over the Gators. Florida isn’t as bad as they played last season, and just like the Dawgs, they suffered their share of crucial injuries. The Cocktail Party should be another close one this year.

But if you’re a Georgia fan, you have to like those numbers. We’ll see how they tighten (or grow) as the season gets closer.

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  • Thomas Brown

    Yeah, I saw that. Glad someone pointed it out !
    Mark Richt after 2007, has faired POORLY vs the spread.
    VERY POORLY.
    Once 81 % win percentage going in to 2005 season his 1st seasons here.
    Once 16-13 vs teams ranked for the season top 25 through 2007 his 1st 29 such games.
    67 % overall win percentage since, AND
    24 % win percentage vs teams ranked for the season top 25 since.
    Sad really, given our Top 10 All-Time Wins Football Program and given the on-going down to only now 80 of the 118 signed scholarship recruits, including redshirts, we have remaining for 2014.
    I am not sure I would want to be Jeremy Pruitt – no wonder he has been quiet through all this.
    We have a ton a top teams we’d have to beat to replace Oklahoma and Oregon, who by stark contrast would NOT have to beat :
    # 1 in the play-offs
    # 2 Auburn
    # 3 in the play-offs
    # 4 South Carolina on their field where we no longer can win on the road anywhere
    # 5 Missouri, likewise on their field
    # 7 Alabama in The SEC Championship Game if playing this many top 10 gets us there
    # 8 Clemson to begin the season with all the missing players, AGAIN, this time for BOTH
    Where is Florida going to be ranked 2014 ? Another season back-to-back now 2014 of having beat NO ONE who even went to a bowl game, again ?