If you’re a college football fan that has been intently watching the weekly polls and more importantly, the College Football Playoff rankings, then you know that No. 2 Georgia is No. 1 in the minds and hearts of the CFP voters.
However, if you’re looking for reasons on why you should bet against the Bulldogs once the CFP gets underway on January 1 with its pair of national semifinal matchups, then I’ve got the answers you’re looking for – although it’s been really hard to find reasons to bet against the Dawgs at the NCAAF Betting Odds.
Anyway, with Week 11 set to get underway in a mere matter of days, let’s get started.
3 Reasons to Bet Against Georgia in College Football Playoff
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- Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
- Monday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
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- Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
- Monday, Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Playoff Picture – Week 11 (Top 10)
- 3-Notre Dame
No Passing Fancy
Look, I’m not saying that freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has been awful this season. He certainly hasn’t as he’s thrown an impressive 15 TD passes as opposed to just four interceptions while completing a solid 63.3 percent of his passes.
However, Fromm has been a lot closer to a game manager than a leading man that can put his team on his back and make plays all over the field. Basically, head coach Kirby Smart has made a priority of keeping it simple with his passing attack and featuring the run as his chosen method of advancing the ball.
If Georgia ever gets down against an opponent and they’re forced to pass the ball to play catch-up, they could be in big trouble. Fromm has had three games this season where he’s completed less than 58.0 percent of his passes and that’s not good no matter how you slice it.
While I do like wide receiver Terry Godwin and his 22.2 yards per catch average and five TD receptions, again, I fully believe if the Dawgs have to rely on the pass to beat someone really good this season, they could be in big trouble if their inexperienced quarterback is forced to win it for them!
Lack of Depth
Look, I’m not going to lie. Georgia does have some decent depth that is far better than a lot of teams, yet, I’m not sure if it’s going to be good enough to take out other elite teams with a ton of depth, like Alabama or possibly Clemson for instance.
“We have a void in our secondary,” Smart said earlier this season. “We have old, and we have young and nothing in the middle. It’s really concerning. We’re having to move guys around. … We don’t know who that one spot may lose [a player] to injury, and you don’t know where your depth is going to be.
These freshmen have not shown up in the secondary to make themselves ready to play like maybe a running back has or a wide receiver has, or a different position might have. That’s the deficiency and where we need improvement.”
It’s really hard to find reasons not to back the Bulldogs once the postseason gets underway, but a lack of depth, particularly in the secondary, could just be one of them.
Lack of Experience
There’s no way around it. The Bulldogs just don’t have a whole lot of experience, particularly as an elite title-contending team that is going to get everyone’s best effort even more as the regular season winds down. Again, it’s really hard to find fault with this year’s team, but a lack of experience could hurt them if they face a team like Alabama in the College Football Playoff.
- Average Score For: 36.56
- Total Yards: 445.66
- Rush Yards: 279.33
- Passing Yards: 166.33
- Average Score Against: 11.67
- Total Yards: 254.11
- Rush Yards: 89.00
- Passing Yards: 165.11