The #5 overall Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-4) on Saturday afternoon in one of College Football’s best rivalries – “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate”. Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST at Sanford Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
Taking a look at the Week 13 college football odds, Georgia opened as a 17.5-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has moved by just half a point after early betting, as the Bulldogs are currently listed at -17. The total for the game is sitting at 61 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Georgia vs Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech snuck by Virginia 30-27 in overtime last weekend to improve to 7-4 overall. The Yellow Jackets trailed 21-16 at halftime before scoring 14 points over the final two quarters to force overtime. QB TaQuon Marshall was fantastic on the ground, rushing for over 100 yards to lead the way for the Georgia Tech ground attack. He has now rushed for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns in just eleven starts this season. RB Tobias Oliver has been enjoying a fantastic year as well, racking up 808 yards and 12 touchdowns. The offense certainly isn’t very balanced, averaging less than 100 yards through the air per game while leading the nation in rushing yards per game with 353.8. It has certainly worked quite well thus far, as Georgia Tech is currently averaging 36.9 points per game (20th overall).
The Yellow Jackets have been pretty average defensively so far this season, giving up 27.5 points per game (70th overall). However, they have been pretty good against the run for the most part, limiting opponents to an average of 137.5 yards per game on the ground (40th overall).
Georgia improved to 10-1 on the season last weekend after dismantling UMass 66-27 at home. The Bulldogs were dominant on both sides of the ball, racking up a ridiculous 700 yards of total offense while giving up less than 400 on the other side of the ball. In fact, Georgia gained more yards on the ground (426) than the Minutemen were able to post as a whole (390). QB Jake Fromm has been enjoying a successful season, throwing for 2,061 yards and 20 touchdowns. RB D’Andre Swift has also been solid, as he has rushed for 857 yards and 8 touchdowns in only 11 games. Overall, the offense is currently averaging a healthy 39.5 points per game (15th overall) on 484.5 total yards.
The Bulldogs have also been quite formidable on the other side of the ball this year, holding opponents to an average of just 16.8 points per game (12th overall) on 311.2 yards of total offense. They have looked most impressive against the pass, giving up only 182.7 yards per game through the air (19th overall).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Georgia Tech +17
This is actually a pretty interesting spot, as Georgia has really been firing on all cylinders as of late. The Bulldogs have now scored 127 points over their last three games, largely thanks to a dominant ground attack. However, they now have to face the top rushing team in the entire country, which should translate into fewer possessions for Fromm and Co. and likely a closer game overall. The Yellow Jackets have also played Georgia extremely tough over the past several seasons, as four out of the last five meetings between these two teams have been decided by ten points or less. The road team is also a very solid 17-4-1 ATS over the last 22 games between these two state-rivals.
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The Bulldogs are just 1-4 ATS over their last five games against Georgia Tech at home. The Yellow Jackets are an extremely solid 5-1-1 ATS over the last seven meetings between these two schools. They are also 4-1 ATS over their last five games against SEC opponents and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
While I certainly don’t think that Georgia Tech has any shot at winning this game outright, their playing style should help keep this dangerous Bulldogs offense off the field for as long as possible. Laying anything over two full touchdowns in this matchup seems a little bit rich to me, especially with Georgia potentially being distracted by the SEC title game against Alabama next weekend looming in the distance. I’m taking the free points and rolling with the road underdog – give me the Yellow Jackets.