By Marc Lawrence — According to our SEC Scout, Jaybird the Bulldog, the biggest drawback to being a fan and a sports bettor is “when you go against your own team and they stick it in your…”
It happened last week when Georgia trailed the 13-point underdog Vols, 21-17, with less than 3 minutes remaining in the first half – then outscored Tennessee 27-0 in the second half for the shocking final.
Needless to say, the immense internal struggle between Jaybird wanting his Bulldogs to win outright but needing Tennessee to cover the spread was so punishing that it landed him in a trauma unit at game’s end (check status).
It’s been a crazy season, too, for Dawgs HC Kirby Smart, especially when it comes to the QB position. But Stetson Bennett seems to be the guy right now in Athens and Smart has reloaded the receiving corps with NFL-caliber athletes.
It has been the defense, though, that has really shined. With the game on the line, Georgia held the Vols to 71 yards on 39 plays in the second half and forced 5 turnovers.
They are ranked 3rd in the nation in rushing defense and held Tennessee to negative yardage on the ground last week, and they’ll definitely have Najee Harris in their sights.
Also, keep in mind that Smart is 9-3 ATS with revenge (Dawgs lost to the Tide in the 2018 SEC title game and in the 2017 NCAA title game) and Georgia is 7-0 SU in games when both teams own an undefeated record.
It’s hard to pass on a pedigree dog with 226 YPG the better defense, but the times are a-changing and this could be a perfect example of unstoppable force meets immovable object, as the Tide scored touchdowns on eight straight possessions to close the game against Ole Miss last week.
Nick Saban is 21-0 SU versus former assistants, so these are all good things for the here and now – EXCEPT that the Tide’s defense is the worst Saban has ever guided, and none of his troops in those games owned a -140-yard defensive disparity.
Georgia over ALABAMA by 3