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Are Georgia Bulldogs a Good College Football Betting Pick this Season?

Written by on July 20, 2017

You need to go all the way back to the 1980 season to find the last time the Georgia Bulldogs won a National Championship, yet this is a program that is still considered to be one of the elites in college football. Part of the reason why they have been able to maintain that status is because of their consistency, which comes from the ability to recruit some of the best young talent in the game. College football is king in the south, with high school football coming in a close second, so it should be no real surprise that this part of the country is a breeding ground for exciting young players. Last season was a year of change for the Bulldogs, as they welcomed in a new head coach. The Mark Richt era came to an end when he was fired and replaced by Kirby Smart, the defensive guru who had been a part of the recent success in Alabama. He had some nice pieces in place, but took over a team that was seriously flawed and in need of a rebuild. Going 8-5 in his first season was about what everyone expected, but after another great recruitment, Georgia are the sexy pick for a lot of college football fans. Will they actually live up to the hype once the season begins? Find out more about the latest NCAAF betting odds here.

NCAA Predictions Are Georgia Bulldogs a Good Betting Pick this Season?

 
 

Georgia Bulldogs Offensive Preview

Make no mistake about it, Georgia has the best one-two punch in football when you are talking about the running game. Both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel decided to return to the Bulldogs for another season, which automatically makes them a serious offensive threat. 5-star QB recruit Jacob Eason has an up and down first season, but definitely showed signs that he has what it takes to be an elite QB in the college game. If he can take away the mistakes that plagued him in his rookie season, and can improve upon his 55.1% completion average, both of which are doable, this team could be a serious offensive juggernaut. They do have some holes to fill on the offensive line, but the recruiting by Smart appears to have addressed many of those issues.

Georgia Bulldogs LAST 5 GAMES

  • WON – December 30th, 2016 / 31-23 at Texas Christian / Line +3 / Total 48
  • LOST – November 26th, 2016 / 28-27 vs Georgia Tech / Line -4.5 / Total 50
  • WON – Nov 19th, 2016 / 35-21 vs Louisiana-Lafayette / Line -21.5 / Total 44.5
  • WIN – Nov 12th, 2016 / 13-7 vs Auburn / Line +10 / Total 51.5
  • WON – Nov 5th, 2016 / 27-24 at Kentucky / Line -2.5 / Total 52
If we are going to be honest, it is likely to be the defense that is going to dominate for Georgia Bulldogs.

Georgia Bulldogs Defensive Preview

If we are going to be honest, it is likely to be the defense that is going to dominate for Georgia Bulldogs. They were among the best in football last season, ranking 16th overall in total defense, and the belief is that they are set to take another big step forward this year. It would not be a surprise to see this unit be the best in the SEC, and the belief is that they can be among the top 5 defenses in college football. The front seven is where a lot of the damage could be done, with senior edge rushers Lorenzo Carter and David Bellamy both deciding to return. There are some questions about the secondary, but with an aggressive front seven going all-out attack, the secondary may not be put under a whole lot of pressure. The special teams unit will need to improve a little as well, especially in the kicking game. Rodrigo Blankenship became the eventual kicker of choice, but he had issues with longer kicks. If he can improve on that, or the Bulldogs can find a kicker with a big leg, they should be fine.

Georgia Bulldogs Team Statistics

  • Offensive total yards: 384.69
  • Defensive total yards: 327.46
  • Offensive passing yards: 193.46
  • Average Score For: 24.54
  • Offensive rush yards: 191.23
  • Defensive rush yards: 143.69
  • Average Score Against: 24.00
  • Defensive passing yards: 183.77

Georgia Bulldogs Season Prediction

In my opinion, the SEC East is Georgia’s to lose this season. I am not totally sold on the Florida Gators, and I believe that the Tennessee Volunteers are about to take a big step back this season. The Gator have what looks to be a manageable schedule, with their toughest games coming against Notre Dame, Florida, and Auburn. If they can take 2 of those 3, they will be in very good shape. 10-2 looks like a realistic mark this season, as does an SEC East crown. That would likely pit them against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game, with the winner of that one likely headed to the playoffs. I think the Bulldogs will fall short of that mark, as they are just not at the caliber of the best in the SEC West.