The #13 LSU Tigers (5-1) host the undefeated #2 Georgia Bulldogs (6-0) this weekend in a vitally important SEC showdown. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST at Tiger Stadium and the game will be available on CBS.
Taking a look at the Week 7 college football odds, Georgia opened as a 7-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has remained unchanged after early betting, as the Aztecs are currently listed at -7. The total for the game is sitting at 50.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: LSU vs Georgia
Georgia crushed Vanderbilt 41-13 last weekend to improve to 6-0 on the season. QB Jake Fromm rebounded nicely from a bad game against Tennessee in Week 5 by throwing for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Fromm has been excellent so far this season, passing for 1,200 yards, 12 touchdowns, and giving up just two interceptions. RB Elijah Holyfield leads the way on the ground, racking up 432 yards and three touchdowns in six games. Overall, the Bulldogs are averaging 42.8 points per game on 485.2 yards of total offense (5th). Georgia has been extremely balanced offensively as well, averaging 245.2 rushing yards and 240.0 yards through the air per game.
The Bulldogs have been phenomenal on the other side of the ball, limiting opponents to an average of just 13.0 points per game (2nd overall) on 283.2 total yards (7th). They are currently allowing an average of just 113.2 yards per game on the ground (20th) and 170.0 yards through the air (13th) per game.
LSU lost their first game of the season last weekend, falling 27-19 on the road against the Florida Gators. The Tigers looked fantastic running the ball yet again, as RB Nick Brossette rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have now combined for over 925 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in just six games. However, LSU has been far less dangerous through the air, as QB Joe Burrow has thrown for just six touchdowns and completed 53.9% of his passes. Burrow was also sacked five times by the Gators last weekend, which is something the Tigers must address immediately if they hope to upset Georgia on Saturday. Overall, LSU is currently averaging 31.3 points per game on 392.5 total yards.
The Tigers have looked well above average defensively, as opponents are currently averaging just 17.0 points per game (16th) on 343.3 total yards (34th). LSU is only allowing an average of 121.7 yards per game on the ground (27th) while being a bit more susceptible to the pass – giving up 221.7 yards per game through the air (59th).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Georgia -7
This should be a fantastic game between two excellent teams currently ranked inside the Top 25 nationwide. While LSU will undoubtedly be a tough test for the Bulldogs, I still like Georgia to stay undefeated with a convincing road victory this weekend. While the Tigers have certainly had a lot of success running the ball this year, they may be in tough on Saturday night against a Bulldogs defense that is giving up an average of just 113 rushing yards per game. The road team is also 3-0-1 ATS the last four times these two SEC rivals have met.
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Both LSU and Georgia have performed quite well against the spread lately. LSU is 9-4 ATS over their past thirteen games overall and 8-1 ATS in their past nine conference games. Georgia is a very impressive 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against teams with a winning record and 19-7 ATS over their last 26 games on the road.
While it might seem like a bad idea to lay a touchdown on the road in this particular spot, home field advantage hasn’t mattered all that much when these two teams have met lately, as the visitors are 3-1 ATS over the last four meetings. LSU has shown that they are a bit vulnerable through the air, which could be trouble for the Tigers as Jake Fromm showed his poor outing against the Volunteers was likely just a fluke. Overall, the Bulldogs look to be the better team both offensively and defensively, as Georgia is averaging over 10 more points than LSU per game while allowing an average of four less points against per game. I think taking the Bulldogs to cover on the road is the best bet in what should be a highly entertaining SEC clash.