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.
|Georgia||9||Clemson||Aug. 30/Athens, Ga.|
|South Carolina||3||Georgia||Sept. 13/Columbia, S.C.|
|Georgia||17||Tennessee||Sept. 27/Athens, Ga.|
|Georgia||24||Vanderbilt||Oct. 4/Athens, Ga.|
|Georgia||7||Missouri||Oct. 11/Columbia, Mo.|
|Georgia||14.5||Arkansas||Oct. 18/Little Rock, Ar.|
|Georgia||9||Florida||Nov. 1/Jacksonville, Fl.|
|Georgia||1||Auburn||Nov. 15/Athens, Ga.|
|Georgia||14||Georgia Tech||Nov. 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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