Bet 'Under' for Georgia vs. Arkansas College Football Picks

Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 5:24 PM UTC

Georgia has taken control in the SEC East, but the Bulldogs have a tough road game ahead this week in Arkansas. Join us for a game preview and free college football pick.

My free college football picks have been right more often than not this season, but when they've been losers, some have been terribly wrong. Take last week's matchup in Missouri between the Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs, for example.

Georgia hit the road for that battle without its top running back, though the Bulldogs never really missed Todd Gurley. Mark Richt's crew cinched up their belt and then belted Missouri, 34-0, a final score that fell well short of the 3 points I took with the Tigers.

The victory left Richt & Company in great shape in the SEC East race, but Georgia didn't have much time to celebrate it with yet another tough conference roadie this Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Arkansas to meet the Razorbacks. You'll need the SEC Network to see the kickoff, slated for a little past 4 PM (ET), and Georgia backers will need to give up 3½ points on their Dawgs, 4 at some spots. SBR's live college football odds first spotted a 58½ point total, and that number remains.

Despite being conference foes since 1992, this is only the 10th time Arkansas and Georgia have met as league rivals, and one of those clashes was the '02 SEC Championship. They also got together four times before that at bowl games, and the Bulldogs own a 9-4 record overall.

Arkansas won the last contest in 2010, a mild 31-24 upset in Athens that stopped a string of six dubyas for Georgia in the series. That final just skipped past a 53½ point mark following a 93-point explosion a year earlier between the squads.


Bulldog Defense Coming Off 2nd Shutout Of Season
A lot of the credit for last week's whitewashing in Missouri obviously goes to the defense. It's tough to keep any team off the scoreboard these days, but to do it on the road in the SEC is even more remarkable. Georgia's stop unit came away with five turnovers against a Tigers team that had only given it up four times in the previous five games, and the Bulldogs held Missouri to just 147 total yards.

Meanwhile on offense, Nick Chubb stepped in for Todd Gurley with a heavy workload in his first collegiate start.  The freshman ran 38 times for 143 yards, and hauled in four more passes from senior QB Hutson Mason.

Gurley returned to practice this week, but his status for Saturday remains up in the air.  Georgia is also expected to be without leading wide receiver Chris Conley. The senior has a sprained knee and is questionable for the matchup, and leads the Bulldogs with 208 yards receiving.


Can Hogs Rebound Off Tough Loss To 'Bama?
Bret Bielema's boys played their hearts out last week, but the end result was yet another conference loss, this time by a 14-13 count to the Crimson Tide. The Razorbacks also had an outstanding defensive effort in holding Alabama to just 161 total yards, but couldn't pull off the upset as 9 point underdogs.

Arkansas is now 0-3 in the SEC, and set to play its fourth consecutive conference game against a top 10 opponent. It's not going to be much easier the rest of the way with Mississippi State and Ole Miss still on the docket.

That line of powerful thunderstorms that rolled through Arkansas on Monday made its way east to the Georgia campus on Tuesday, but everything looks fine for Little Rock on Saturday. Sunny skies and a cool 72º is forecast for the boot, with a light north wind at War Memorial Stadium.

My biggest question for this game is whether or not last week's setback to Alabama will have a lingering effect on the Razorbacks. I like the Bulldogs, but love the 'under' even more for my free college football pick.

College Football pick: Georgia-Arkansas Under 58.5 (-106) at Pinnacle
Season: 34-23-1 (+8.70)

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