Under-Dawgs Have Bite to Keep Tide from Rolling to Title

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 4:47 PM UTC

The Georgia Bulldogs will meet the perennially contending Alabama Crimson Tide in a battle of SEC powers for the college football championship on Monday night. Do the Bulldogs stand a chance? Let’s review the prevailing NCAAF odds and find out.

NCAAF Monday: Alabama vs. Georgia

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Free College Football Pick: Georgia +5Best Line Offered: BovadaGame Betting Trends

Alabama (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) is 1-5 ATS in its last six conference games.

Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last six games following an ATS win.

Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last six games after allowing less than 20 points in its previous game.

Georgia (13-1 SU, 10-4) is 4-0 ATS in its last four bowl games.

Georgia is 4-1 ATS in its last five games as an underdog.

Georgia is 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

Game Breakdown

The Crimson Tide has the coach, the pedigree, and the mystique on its side while the Bulldogs have soared as a previously dismissed top-20 team entering the season to a stone-cold brick wall of a defense with a punishing ground attack. The college football odds reflect the SEC East champs as high as 5-point underdogs at Bovada, and that’s a nice head start for a team that just rallied for a thrilling 54-48 double-overtime victory over Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl.

Nick Saban, the legendary head coach of the Crimson Tide, recently lamented the quick turnaround from the semifinals to the championship game with no break in-between, a la the NFL’s bye week leading up to the Super Bowl. Alabama will be without linebacker Anfernee Jennings, who had season-ending knee surgery, and will be dealing with dinged-up linebackers Terrell Lewis, Christian Miller, and Mack Wilson, all of whom returned from injury to suit up for the Sugar Bowl win over Clemson.

Of course, Georgia is not immune to the injury bug at this time of the season, but they proved they can rev up their offense when it counts as evidenced by the 54 points they hung on Oklahoma.

These teams come equipped with many of the same weapons; both are top 10 in rushing, top 20 in points scored and top five in points allowed. There isn’t much that separates the clubs, and although Alabama has far more experience in national title games, the Bulldogs have a defense that rivals Bama’s and an offense that is virtually as effective.

The Verdict

The last time these teams squared off was in October 2015, when the Tide won 38-10 in front of the Bulldogs-friendly crowd. But this is a new edition of the Dawgs and one that could be the only team in the nation capable of matching Saban’s talented roster blow for blow. Let’s give the dog a chance and include Georgia in our college football picks to keep this one close and perhaps score the upset.

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