This weekend will be a buzz with various sportsbetting events across the boards, but for football aficionados like you and me, it’s all about getting paid in the college football odds, as the first week of 2015-16 NCAAF season gets underway. In this article, our focus is going to be on previewing the season-opening Saturday clash between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Georgia Bulldogs, slated to take place in Georgia. Looking to for the best picks in this game? Worry not, as we have all that, and much more, in the NCAA football betting analysis prepared below.
How To Bet the Warhaeks @ Bulldogs NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info
Venue: Sanford Stadium, Athens
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM ET
TV: SEC Network
NCAAF Odds: TBA
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Betting on the Bulldogs
Moving the chains in the offense was not a big deal for the Bulldogs last year, and that was mainly because Georgia had a hell of running back to lead them in Nick Chubb. Coming off a splendid freshman season where he racked up 1,547 yards (on 7.1 yards per carry) and 14 rushing TDs, it’s safe to say that the Hawks defense that gave up 183 rushing yards per game in 2014 have their work cut out for them in Chubb. Limiting Chubb, who is one of the hottest contenders for this year’s Heisman trophy, will thus be the best way to keep Georgia tamed.
It should however be noted that, outside Chubb, the Bulldogs have other solid weapons in sophomore Sony Michel and senior Keith Marshall to help out in the running game, along with a promising QB in Greyson Lambert, a journeyman who will be making his first start as a Bulldog.
In the team’s secondary, the Dawgs return four starters in the offensive line, which should allow them to dominate the line of scrimmage. Meanwhile, the D-line is oozing of talent as well, including defensive lineman Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the nation in 2015, who will be working with veterans like outside linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd, together with sophomore Lorenzo Carter, a player who impressed in 2014.
Betting on the Warhawks
Coming off a season where they finished with a 4-8 SU record and a 5-6-1 ATS mark, the Warhawks are hoping to start their bounce-back agenda with a win over the Bulldogs this Saturday. Though they were blown out by both LSU and Kentucky from the SEC, the Warhawks managed to hang with Texas A&M, suffering a 5-point loss to the Aggies in a game that they entered as 32-point underdogs, showing the ability to play well on a good day.
Even more notably, Louisiana Monroe had a strong run at the end of the season, finishing the 2014 campaign on a 4-0-1 ATS mark in its last five games. If ULM can thus carry the form from the end of last season to this year’s campaign, things could be better for them when they take on SEC’s Georgia.
Senior QB Brayle Brown, who returns from a decent showing in 2014, will be called upon to lead the offense, capitalizing on his experienced leadership and a solid returning group in the attack. Having redshirt freshman quarterback Garrett Smith as a serviceable option also bodes well for the offense, in case Brown doesn’t do well as expected. In terms of offensive weapons, the go-to guys will be WRs Ajalen Holleya and Rashon Ceaser, who decently combined for 134 receptions and 1,735 yards in 2014.
Of course, the biggest task will go to the defense, which needs to have a monster performance in order to stop the Bulldogs, particularly on ground. The onus here will therefore be on senior nose tackle Gerrand Johnson (ULM’s leader with 92 tackles last season) to make good value of his words by offering viable leadership to the players operating with him in the secondary.
The Georgia vs Louisiana Monroe Key Betting Trends
-Louisiana-Monroe is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
-Georgia is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
-Louisiana-Monroe is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
-Georgia is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
-The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Louisiana-Monroe’s last 10 games
-The total has gone OVER in 12 of Georgia’s last 17 games
-The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisiana-Monroe’s last 7 road games
-The total has gone OVER in 13 of Georgia’s last 18 games at home
My Expert Warhawks @ Bulldogs Prediction and Pick
With all due respect to ULM and its talented players, there is simply no way the Bulldogs (who are looking better than their opponents in nearly every aspect of the game) will be coming out with a loss here. The only question is whether the Bulldogs can cover the 35-point spread, and going by the depth of the squad on both ends of the field, the answer is that Georgia will be able to claim the ATS win as well, though with an UNDER in the total.
My Picks: Georgia for the SU and ATS, Total: UNDER.