If you’re making preparations for the upcoming NCAAF Playoffs and you’re looking for reasons on why you should bet on the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs as they get set to make their College Football postseason debut against second-ranked Oklahoma, then I’ve got a trio of great reasons for you to do just that. Since haste makes waste and the 2017-18 bowl season is quickly approaching, let’s check the latest College Football odds to get started.
3 Reasons to Bet on Georgia to Win the 2018 NCAAF Playoffs
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— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) 6 de diciembre de 2017
- 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
Georgia was absolutely phenomenal defensively this season under former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs ranked a stellar fourth nationally in total defense (270.9 ypg), second against the pass (158.3 ypg), 12th against the run (112.6 ypg) and fourth in points allowed (13.2 ppg).
Junior linebacker Roquan Smith won the AP award for the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and he’ll hit the CFP fresh off a monster performance in the SEC title game against Auburn where he racked up 13 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 fumble recoveries to earn the game’s MVP award after Georgia’s 28-7 title game win.
Smith also won the Dick Butkus award this past Sunday night and Kirby Smart was named the Coach of the Year in the SEC.
The Bulldogs also landed a handful of players on the AP’s All-SEC first and second teams. Isaiah Wynn was selected to the first-team All-SEC offense, and Smith was selected to the All-SEC first-team defense. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter and defensive back J.R. Reed landed on the second-team defense.
The Ground Game
Georgia has an absolutely overpowering rushing attack that ranked 11th nationally by averaging 263.5 yards per contest. Senior running back Nick Chubb rushed for a team-high 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carrying. Fellow senior Sonny Michel rushed for 948 yards and an identical 13 scores while averaging stupendous 7.2 yards per carrying.
Gifted freshman D’Andre Swift (what a name) contributed 597 yards and three scores while averaging a team-high 8.2 yards per carrying and deeper backs Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herein added 293 and 265 yards respectively in limited action. Chubb made the second-team All-SEC offense as did runner/receiver/ kick returner Mecole Hardman as an all-purpose player.
The Head Coach
As previously mentioned, in just his second season with the Dawgs, head coach Kirby Smart won the AP SEC Coach of the Year award and rightfully so as he’s been absolutely masterful this season. After winning four NCAAF Playoffs at Alabama, he loves being back at home at his alma mater.
“All those I won at Alabama … they felt awesome, too,” Smart said, “because it’s hard to do. This one feels the same way.
Smart was the first head coach to lead Georgia to the SEC championship in 12 years.
Saturday marked 12 years between SEC championships for Georgia. The end of a longing that was reflected by Smart himself. The usually stoic coach — another Saban reflection — ran a truncated lap near a corner of the stadium where Dawg fans had congregated.
“Bulldog Nation,” Smart said, “is certainly starved.”
The legendary Bo Jackson came up to Smart before the SEC title tilt.
“He’s my childhood idol. I worshiped Bo Jackson,” Smart said. “He comes up to me before the game and said, ‘A lot of pressure in this job, isn’t’ it?’ I said, ‘Hell yeah, it is, especially when the NCAAF Playoffs are around the corner’
“But that’s why we do it — for moments like this.”
Smart played as a defensive back for Ray Goff and Jim Donnan at Georgia from 1995-98. That helps credibility. That helped Saturday.
“He shows one side,” linebacker Davin Bellamy said. “What that? Rippin’ your butt.”
- 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