College Football Picks: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt Betting Preview

David Lawrence

Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:53 AM GMT

The Georgia Bulldogs and Vanderbilt Commodores will play a conference game in the second week of the season. There’s a lot of pressure associated with such a moment, so it will demand that both teams stay focused amid the emotions they’re going to feel. It also means that any issues regarding sloppiness which might have emerged in week one have to be addressed going into week two. You’re going to learn more about these teams – maybe not everything, but more than you know a week ago.

Momentum
The Georgia Bulldogs easily handled Louisiana-Monroe without any real issues, but ULM is a very weak team. Georgia hopes to be able to establish running back Nick Chubb in this game, but if Vanderbilt is able to take him away, quarterback Greyson Lambert needs to show that he can make that third down and five throw when he needs to.

Vanderbilt started its season with a terrible performance on offense, scoring just 12 points against a Western Kentucky team which allowed over 100 points combined in its last two games from the 2014 season. The defense gave up only 14 points, but the offense looks terrible. That’s a bad sign heading into this game against Georgia, and a great sign for us looking to back the Bulldogs with our College Football picks.

 

Line Moves
This line seems to be jumping a little more than others in week two of college football. Some College Football odds show Georgia installed as a 21-point favorite, while others have the Bulldogs as a 20-point choice. Yet, another segment of online sportsbooks are placing Georgia as a 20.5-point favorite.

Why would a line jump on both sides of a point spread? Indecision. People are not certain whether Vanderbilt is a terrible all-around team or just a team with a terrible offense and a very good defense. Western Kentucky beat Vanderbilt, 14-12, last week. Western Kentucky had one of the highest-scoring offenses in college football last season and returned its starting quarterback this year, so Vanderbilt’s defensive results, holding Western Kentucky to just 14 points, might indicate that the Commodores’ defense is the real thing. If that’s the case, bettors might think that Georgia will win this game by only 14 to 17 points, in which case the number might be going downward relative to 20.5 points. On the other hand, the line might be jumping up to 21 in some cases because there’s a belief Vanderbilt is terrible, and that an SEC opponent, unlike Western Kentucky, will be able to properly expose the Commodores and their defense.

 

Notable Injuries
The Bulldogs have listed running back A.J. Turman as questionable, but with Nick Chubb as the starter, that shouldn’t become a real concern. Linebacker Reggie Carter is now probable. Fullback Christian Payne is out indefinitely. Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is out indefinitely as well. Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter is questionable for this game with an undisclosed condition.

For Vanderbilt, offensive lineman Andrew Jelks and wide receiver C.J. Duncan are both out for the season.

 

Handicapping The Game
The Commodores look awful. Georgia doesn’t even need to be great to cover the number, just solid and turnover-free.

College Football Pick: Georgia -20 at BetOnline