College Football Pick: Georgia vs. Auburn

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:18 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 4:18 PM UTC

The Auburn Tigers have posted the biggest turnaround in the nation through 10 games this year, as they prepare to face the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday. Let's go over the sports betting odds.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Jordan-Hare Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Check out SBRs NCAAF Week 12 Betting Odds Report

Getting points

Georgia is 6-3 SU and 1-7-1 against the spread through nine games during the 2013 campaign, but it will dress up as an underdog for the first time in Week 12, as it comes off a 45-6 win over Appalachian State as 39.5-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Bulldogs are 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 4-2 in that situation.


Auburn is 9-1 in its first season under head coach Gus Malzahn, which is far different from its 2-8 record through 10 games in 2012, as it enters this in-state rivalry riding a six-game winning streak.

The Tigers lead the SEC in rushing, averaging 320 yards per game, which is 84 better than second-place Missouri in that all-important statistical category this time of year.

Key areas

College football handicappers need to realize that the Bulldogs are 13th in the conference with a minus-seven turnover margin, while they rank last in kickoff returns.

Georgia will rely heavily on the arm of senior quarterback Aaron Murray in hopes of pulling off a mild upset, as he enters the game as the conference’s all-time leader in total offense.

Winning the turnover battle

The team that has won the turnover battle has compiled a 15-2-1 SU record in the last 22 meetings in this series, which clearly signals an edge to the Tigers, who lead the country with four 500-plus yard rushers.

Auburn has lost just eight fumbles through nine games this season, with the offense scoring at least 30 points in six consecutive games for the first time since 2004.

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I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their college football picks, as the UNDER has cashed in the Bulldogs’ last eight games in the month of November.

Georgia has the ability to limit Auburn’s rushing attack, which means quarterback Nick Marshall will need to make plays in the passing game under pressure—something that I don’t see happening on a consistent basis.

College Football Pick: Under 62.5

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