Georgia football is coming off a big 22-point win over its biggest rival the Florida Gators. The Dawgs handled the Gators in Jacksonville and now return home for the most anticipated game of the entire season — a top-3 showdown with Tennessee.
The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party was one for the books that featured a Georgia team that looked unstoppable at times and another one that kept shooting itself in the foot with mistakes. Georgia will have to clean up those mistakes this week because the Vols will not be as inconsistent as the Gators.
Georgia will have its fourth straight 3:30 p.m kickoff, and while it should be a night game, we will accept the late afternoon timeslot. This matchup between another one of Georgia’s rivals isn’t like it has been in recent years — the Vols have a high-powered offense that will hurt a team if they aren’t careful.
The Dawgs lead the overall series 26-22-2, with Georgia winning the last five straight meetings.
This game will decide the SEC East, so it’s all in or no trip to Atlanta — Georgia doesn’t want to give up its East crown just yet. Tennessee has a well-coached offense, but the Dawgs do as well. Georgia will also have the best defense Tennessee will face all year on top of the game being in the Classic City, so the odds are stacking up against the Vols.
Georgia Football vs. Tennessee Volunteer odds for Game 9:
The Dawgs come into the top-3 matchup against Tennessee as 8.5-point favorites on FanDuel. The spread line has Georgia at -115 and the Vols at -105. So if you bet $100 on Georgia to cover the spread, you’d win $86.96, or if you think Tennessee will cover, you will win $95.24.
Fan Duel’s money line odds for Georgia are -375, and for Tennesse, they are +290. So throwing down $100 on the Dawgs for the money line would not get you much money, as you’ll win $26.67. However, if you threw that same bet down on the Vols, it would result in a $290 winning ticket.
The over/under is 64.5 points, with the under and over at -110. So if betting on the over/under is more your speed, throwing down $100 on either would result in you winning around $90.91.
Georgia Football vs. Tennessee Volunteers prediction for Game 9:
Georgia barely missed the spread against Florida, but this week it’s one of those games that really stand behind the whole “good teams win, great teams beat the spread” saying. The Dawgs have something to prove this week, and with this game being in Athens, I think it will happen.
If I were betting, I would take Georgia to cover the spread, and I would take the over because Tennessee is a high-scoring offense. This game could very well turn into a shoot-out like the Alabama one was for the Vols.
However, with so much riding on this game, taking the under could result in a win. Tennessee hasn’t seen a defense like Georgia’s all season. The Dawgs match up way better against the Vols than the Tide did. Georgia has better secondary players, and that front seven is beginning to peak at the right moment.
Tennessee could get punched in the mouth on Saturday, and the Dawgs could end up winning big. These kinds of games are hard to predict because anything can happen.
Both teams have offenses that can put up points, but I’ve said it a few times already — this game being in Athens is a huge advantage for the Dawgs. Sanford Stadium will be rocking, and it doesn’t matter if Tennessee has 101,000-plus in Neyland, this time the crowd noise will be against them.
This game will be the second big road test for the Vols, and we’re barely counting the trip to Death Valley because that squad is not playing its usual voodoo magic.
Georgia has been on this stage more recently than the Vols, and that could also be a big reason the Dawgs knock Tennessee down a few notches and win by covering the spread. The Dawgs win 45-28.
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