The Georgia Bulldogs opener last week had to be cut short due to lightning in the area. The contest was called with the Bulldogs up on Louisiana Monroe, 51-14. Louisiana Monroe wasn’t coming back down that much in the second-half, that goes without saying. However, I am sure not too many people were happy if they had money on the Bulldogs. You don’t find games called early in football very often, but when they do it can be difficult to get a push that way, when you know your bet is on the way to winning in a matter of minutes. Georgia looked good on both sides of the ball and appear to be the rightful 10th ranked team in the nation. The Bulldogs stay in the south again this week, as they make the short trek to Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt has been trying to put things together for years now. I think the last time the Commodores have been on the national radar is when Jay Cutler was their quarterback. There is work to be done here, and they have a heavyweight coming to campus this weekend.
Vanderbilt had Western Kentucky on their plate last week, at team that they struggled mightily with. Western Kentucky is not a bad team, let’s get that much straight, but they shouldn’t be able to compete with the SEC. Vanderbilt is in the SEC but they are at the bottom of the basement in the conference by a long shot. They went on to lose 14-12. The most depressing part for Vanderbilt is how anemic their offense was. Western Kentucky isn’t Alabama on defense, they are a team that got torched against Central Michigan in their bowl game in December. Surely Western Kentucky has gotten better on defense, but not to the extent that Vanderbilt is scoring only 12 points. The Georgia defense will get their crack at this offense on Saturday. The Bulldogs are hoping for a pristine season that vaults them into the top 4 of the national polls, a tall task to ask of them playing in the SEC. We’ll see how they fair against Vanderbilt today, a kind of team they need to punish to turn any heads this week.
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Georgia vs. Vanderbilt Pick
One can make the case that the Commodores were looking towards this weekend against Georgia at home. Conversely, one can make the case that they just straight up blow. As far as the SEC is concerned, Vanderbilt straight up blows. Defensively they aren’t a bad team at all, but in college football don’t expect to score an average of 15 points per game and win many games. The Commodores are led by Johnny McCrary, who was routinely bothered by the Western Kentucky defense last week. He tossed 2 interceptions which overshadowed the 1 touchdown pass.
Vanderbilt needed until the 4th quarter to find the end zone, failing on a 2-point conversion in an attempt to bring it to 14 points. To put things in comparison, Lousiana Tech had 24 points up on Western Kentucky by the time the game was entering the 4th quarter Thursday night. McCrary appeared in 7 games last season, passing for 9 touchdowns with 8 interceptions. Yes, Vanderbilt is still searching for a quarterback since Jay Cutler was in town. Cutler is going to be gone and retired from the NFL before they do find something at this rate.
Georgia was doing just about everything right on offense last week. Albeit against Louisiana Monroe, but they looked crisp and effective, which is about all you can ask against a creampuff opponent in the opening game of the season. The running game is going to be the strength of the Bulldogs this season. They’re going to wear out teams and look to cruise when the 4th quarter rolls around. In college football that kind of formula can be quite successful. At the reigns is graduate transfer Greyson Lambert from Virginia. Lambert isn’t going to be playing on Sundays or anything, but Georgia thinks he can be good enough to hand the ball off to their backs, while making a play here and there. That was essentially last week. Lambert passed for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Georgia rushed for 4 touchdowns while rushing for well over 200 yards. I don’t know how Vanderbilt is going to score enough here to stay around in the game. Maybe early, but the Georgia running game should wear them down to make it a comfortable win, covering the 20.5 points.
PICK: GEORGIA -20.5 (-110)