One of the biggest games in the SEC Conference happens this Saturday when No. 13 Alabama takes on No. 8 Georgia. For the first time since 2009, BAMA opened as the college football betting underdog.
That might be a good thing for the Crimson Tide whose fans are still smarting from the 37 to 43 loss to Ole Miss two games ago. The Tide bounced back with a 34 to 0 win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe. But, they’ll have no shot at getting back into the College Football Playoff discussion unless they beat Georgia this Saturday.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No 13. Alabama Crimson Tide Vs No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs College Football Week 4 Spread
What: No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-1) at No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Sanford Stadium
Stadium: Athens, GA
Weather: 72° F / Cloudy
Spread: Georgia -2.5
Moneyline: Alabama +115 vs Georgia -135
Game Total: 55
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Alabama vs Georgia
Why Bet On No. 13 Alabama to Beat No. 8 Georgia (-2.5)
Alabama hasn’t been an underdog since the 2009 SEC Championship Game against Florida (73 games)
Alabama has so far been battle tested while Georgia has not. The Crimson Tide beat Wisconsin 35 to 17 in their first game of the season. In that battle, they rushed for 238 yards and a 6.4 average per carry. RB Derrick Henry ran for 143 yards. Henry scored 3 touchdowns.
Even against Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide had the rushing game going. Alabama rushed for 251 yards and a 5.1 average. Henry ran for 127 yards and a touchdown. Although Alabama lost the game 37 to 43 to the Rebels, they out gained Ole Miss 503 total yards to 433 total yards. Alabama also kept the ball for 11 more minutes in that game, 35:26 minutes to the Rebels’ 24:34 minutes.
If Alabama can control the clock against Georgia, they should be able to pull off the slight upset.
Why Bet On No. 8 Georgia (-2.5) to Beat No. 13 Alabama
RB Nick Chubb needs a 100-yard game Vs BAMA to tie Herschel Walker’s school record of 13 straight 100-yard performances.
Georgia’s offense, contrary to popular opinion, is not one-dimensional. Yes, running back Nick Chubb is making a strong case for the Heisman Trophy this season, but he’s not the only reason that Georgia is undefeated, ranked in the Top 10, and in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot.
Chubb is brilliant. There’s no doubt about it. He’s rushed for 468 yards and has averaged 7.5 yards per carry in every single game this season. He’s every bit as good as Georgia’s NFL first round draft pick RB from a year ago, Todd Gurley. But, Georgia’s offense only averages 257.8 rushing yards per game while it averages 233.5 passing yards per game. The Bulldogs have a balanced offense.
It’s that balance that could lead to a Georgia victory and cover over Alabama this Saturday. But Georgia can’t score unless it has the football and Alabama figures to control the clock with Henry and their almost equally powerful run game. My final score prediction is Alabama 30, Georgia 21.