The #1 and #3 teams in the nation clash on Saturday, Dec. 4 when the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide battle it out at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the right to call themselves SEC Champion. The title game for the top conference in the nation will produce at least one College Football Playoff participant.
Even with a loss, UGA will play for the National Championship. Alabama, though, must upset the Dawgs to punch their ticket. Which team has the edge? Check out College Football odds, analysis, and a free pick for Georgia versus Alabama.
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Georgia vs. Alabama Game Information
- When: Saturday, December 4, 4:00 pm ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- TV: CBS
- Radio: WSB 750 AM (Georgia) / Tide 100.9 FM (Alabama)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- College Football Odds: Georgia (-6.5) / Alabama (+6.5)
Why Bet on the Georgia Bulldogs?
Georgia ranks twenty-fifth or better in just two important offensive categories. The Bulldogs rank twenty-first in turnovers. UGA has turned the ball over just 4 times this season. The Dawgs rank sixth in points per game. Georgia averages 40.7 points each contest. Although the offense is balanced, this season Georgia’s rushing game has become the focus. The Bulldogs average 202 rushing yards per contest.
Use whatever measuring stick you wish. The Georgia Bulldogs have the most feared and dominant defense in the nation. UGA allows a college football best 6.9 points per game. Georgia is so dominant on defense that the Dawgs allow less than a TD and an extra point. Georgia also ranks first in yards allowed per game. Opponents average just 230.9 yards each contest.
Why Bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide?
Behind the electrifying play of Bryce Young, the Alabama Crimson Tide offense has become one of the highest-scoring in the nation. The Tide average a fifth-ranked 42.7 points per game. Young has thrown for 3,901 yards and 40 TD passes with just 4 interceptions. The man who replaced New England Patriots starter Mac Jones is completing close to 69% of his passes. Bama ranks seventh in total yards per game, 491.6. Young’s arm accounts for most of the yards, 341.8, but Alabama can also rush the football, 149.8 each game.
Although the Crimson Tide defense isn’t as dominant as Georgia’s, it does a decent job holding opponents to under 20 points per game. Opposing teams average just 292.5 yards. Among the yards, just 79.0 are via the rush. Rivals average 213.5 passing yards per contest. A problem area for most of the season has been takeaways. Bama has just 13 takeaways this season. But although that’s not spectacular, the Crimson Tide has one more takeaway than Georgia.
Georgia vs. Alabama Betting Trends
- Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in December.
- Georgia is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
- Under is 7-1-2 in Georgia’s last 10 neutral site games.
- Crimson Tide is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS loss.
- Alabama is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Under is 4-1-1 in Alabama’s last 6 neutral site games.
Georgia vs. Alabama Expert Betting Predictions
On paper, it looks as if Georgia should easily win and cover. The Tide hasn’t played their usual brand of lockdown defense. Nor has Bama run therough their SEC schedule unscathed. Georgia has, which is why the Bulldogs are a more than 6-point favorite. But before dumping on the Dawgs consider a couple of things. First, Nick Saban almost always beats his former assistants.
Second, Alabama played the tougher schedule with games versus rival LSU and against the third best team in the conference, the Texas A&M Aggies. There are a couple of other things to consider.
Georgia’s lone tough opponent was Arkansas. The game happened way back on Oct. 2, barely a month after the season started. Since then, the Dawgs have taken apart teams like Missouri, Charleston-Southern, and horrible Georgia Tech.
The one other thing to consider is quarterback. Bryce Young is a much better QB than Stetson Bennett. Couple that with the fact Bama holds teams to less than 80 yards rushing and we’re looking at a possible Crimson Tide moneyline upset victory.
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