A lot is at stake in the NCAA Football lines for both the Auburn Tigers (5-4, 2-4 SEC) and the Georgia Bulldogs (6-3, 4-3 SEC) when they faceoff on Saturday in a crucial SEC college football matchup. Georgia has alternated between wins and losses in each of its last four games and is already eliminated from SEC East race, but can still secure a decent bowl game if it can win out its remaining fixtures. The Tigers, meanwhile, are far away from where they hoped they would be at this point of the season, as they are currently logged at the bottom of the SEC West standings with barely any hopes of securing a good bowl game, or any bowl game, for that matter. Still, Auburn will want to give its best showing in the online betting NCAAF odds with the hope of finishing the season on a .500 conference mark (4-4), along with the bragging rights of beating the Bulldogs, who are their long-time rivals. With that in mind, here is a comprehensive preview of their clash, including free NCAAF picks.
How To Bet The Bulldogs @ Tigers NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Stream Option: CBSSports
NCAAF Odds: Georgia (+1.5), Auburn (-1.5)
Why bet on the Auburn Tigers at -1.5
The Tigers are coming off a 26-10 upset win over Texas A&M, a victory that ended their two-game losing skid and pushed them above the .500 mark with a 5-4 overall record on the season. Offensively, the QB situation in Auburn has been up in the air since the start of the season. Initially, Jeremy Johnson was the starter before being replaced by Sean White, who has lately impressed. Nonetheless, Johnson started in the previous game against Texas A&M because White was nursing an injury. Johnson did not disappoint as he completed 13 of 17 passes for 132 yards and 1 TD in the win. For the upcoming game, it is unclear who will start, but Coach Gus Malzahn is confident that either of the two QBs, who will both be fit and available for a start, can get the job done.
Plus, the QBs will enjoy a strong support from Jovon Robinson, who had a superb game in the win, rushing for 159 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown. Even so, this Tigers offense that is averaging 27.1 PPG and 379.1YPG will have a tough test against the Bulldogs’ improved defense that allowed only three points against Kentucky last weekend. Georgia’s defense has been solid for most part of the season, ranking fourth in the conference in total defense and first in the SEC in passing defense. Without a resolute effort from the Tigers (who have been wobbly in the offense this season), penetrating the Bulldogs D-line is likely to be an uphill task.
Fortunately, though, the Auburn defense is also coming off one of its best performances of the season, limiting the Aggies to just 10 points and helping in garnering 303 total yards in the process. This defense also forced three INTs in the win. In order to give themselves another winning chance, it will be upon the Auburn defense to repeat the same kind of performance against the Bulldogs’ offense that is averaging 29.1 PPG and 402.1 YPG.
Why Bet on the Georgia Bulldogs at +1.5
On the opposite camp, Georgia bounced back from its loss to Florida with a 27-3 win over Kentucky last Saturday. The QB battle between Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey continued, with both of them getting significant snaps in the win. Lambert completed 6 of his 13 passes for 64 yards and a TD, while Ramsey threw 4 of 6 for 24 yards. Sony Michael also impressed in the game, as he rushed for 165 yards on 24 carries with one score, Terry Godwin added another ground score on four carries for 26 yards, while Malcolm Mitchell finished the game with 4 receptions for a team-best 52 yards. It will be interesting to see how these key offensive players will combine and feature against the Tigers defense that is giving up 27.2 PPG and 430.6 YPG.
Defensively, the Bulldogs top-rated SEC passing defense is led by sophomore defensive back Dominick Sanders leads who has four interceptions and number of highlight reel tackles. In the previous game, Sanders notched two interceptions to help Georgia cruise past Kentucky and record their best defensive performance of the season. After such a game, they could even be on another best performance, given that they will face a struggling Auburn offense that ranks 10th in the SEC and has failed to find consistency throughout the season.
Georgia @ Auburn Key NCAAF Lines Betting Trends
• The Tigers are 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 games
• The Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last six games
• The Tigers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games at home
• The Bulldogs are 4-8-1 ATS in their last 13 games on the road
• The Tigers are 19-4 SU in their last 23 games at home
• The Bulldogs are 4-2 SU in their last six games on the road
• The Tigers are 2-4 ATS in their last six games when playing Georgia
• The Bulldogs are 7-2 SU in their last nine games when playing Auburn
• The total has gone UNDER in four of Auburn’s last five games at home
• The total has gone OVER in six of Georgia’s last nine games on the road
My Expert Georgia @ Auburn NCAA Football Lines Analysis, Prediction & Pick
Auburn showed some improvement on the defensive side of the ball last week, turning in an impressive performance against Texas A&M’s offense. Georgia defense has also been on the upward mobility in recent weeks and cannot be written off in this matchup. This matchup therefore promises to be a tough moderately-scoring game that will keep the total UNDER and be won by a narrow margin. No doubt, the Bulldogs are well capable of using their slightly better QB situation to get the win, but we believe the Tigers will ride on their home ground support to secure a narrow win and cover. So, in short, for the free NCAAF picks, we recommend Auburn for the SU and ATS, along with an UNDER total.