If you’re getting your betting plans set for the upcoming bowl season and you’re looking for reasons why you should consider wagering against the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs once the 2018 College Football Playoffs gets underway on New Year’s Day, I’ve got a trio of great reasons on why the Bulldogs likely won’t be the ones hosting this year’s national championship Trophy.
Remember they are set to face the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 Rose Bowl, so be sure to check the latest NCAAF betting odds to get the full picture.
3 Reasons to Bet Against Georgia to Win College Football Playoffs
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- Conference: SEC
- CFP Ranking: 3
- Record: 12-1
- Head coach: Kirby Smart
- Offensive coordinator: Jim Chaney
- Offensive scheme: Pro-style
- Defensive coordinator: Mel Tucker
- Base defense: 3–4
2018 Rose Bowl Information
- Date: January 1, 2018
- Stadium: Rose Bowl
- Location: Pasadena, California
- Halftime show: Pride of Oklahoma / Georgia Redcoat Band
- Payout: $23.9 million per team
- Network: ESPN
- Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Reasons to Avoid Wagering on the Bulldogs
Their Lack of Experience
Of the four teams in this year’s College Football Playoffs, only Georgia doesn’t have the experience of competing in one of the previous editions. Oklahoma, Alabama, and Clemson all have experience playing in college football’s ‘Final Four’ with the Crimson Tide and Tigers both reaching the last two national championship contests.
Of course, Georgia hadn’t won an SEC championship in a dozen years, but you’d never know they weren’t perennial participants the way they ponded Auburn into submission in this year’s conference title tilt!
The lack of experience could hurt them or it may play no part at all in how they play, particularly with a head coach that has been in all three previous CFP editions and been a major part of four national championships at Alabama.
They Have a Freshman at Quarterback
In keeping with that lack of experience theme, it really could hurt Georgia having a freshman quarterback under center. Last year, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts became the only freshman quarterback to play in a CFP contest and his Crimson Tide team didn’t manage to win it all, so there’s that.
While I wouldn’t necessarily go around blaming Alabama’s gifted young signal-caller for the Tide coming up short last season, his inexperience as a starting quarterback almost certainly limited the chances that Nick Saban was willing to take passing the ball.
While Georgia’s Jake Fromm has been rock-solid all season by completing 63.0 percent of his passes for 2,173 yards with 21 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, Kirby Smart also hasn’t asked his first-year signal-caller to go out and win games for him as he’s placed a heavy premium on his rushing attack and outstanding defense, much like Alabama does almost every season.
If the Bulldogs find themselves trailing and having to play catch-up by throwing the ball more often than they’d prefer, who knows how Fromm will respond?
That Auburn Loss
I know Georgia extracted some revenge for their stunning 40-17 Week 11 loss to the No. 8 Auburn, by winning their SEC title game rematch, but the Bulldogs were so thoroughly dominated in that affair that you have to know that Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is examining exactly what the Tigers did to be so successful against Georgia in that contest.
Auburn shut down Georgia’s rushing attack to the tune of 46 rushing yards on 32 carries while limiting Jake Fromm’s passing to 13-for-29 for 184 yards and one touchdown.
Nick Chubb was held to 27 rushing yards on 11 carries while Sonny Michel gained just 21 yards on nine carries and D’Andre Swift, just 18 yards on four carries.
The Bulldogs lost one fumble and lost the time of possession battle by over seven minutes. If anyone can take what Auburn did to Georgia a few weeks back and duplicate it, the Bulldogs’ College Football Playoffs goose is cooked.
- Total Score: 34.92
- Passing Yards: 170.08
- Rushing Yards: 263.54
- Time on Field: 32:23
- Number of Plays: 64.23
- Yards per Play: 6.75
- Total Score: 13.23
- Passing Yards: 158.31
- Rushing Yards: 112.62
- Time on Field: 27:36
- Number of Plays: 60.85
- Yards per Play: 4.45