The Georgia Bulldogs return home after a date at Vanderbilt last week. The Bulldogs came out victorious 31-14, but the game was closer than the scoreboard would tell you. Georgia got on the board with a punt return which set the tone for the rest of the game. Vanderbilt held in their defensively, but the offense didn’t get on track until the 4th quarter. The Commodores cut the game to 10 late, but a pick-6 for Georgia put the game on ice. Thus, 14 points from Georgia was thanks to a pick-6 when Vanderbilt was in desperation mode and a punt return. The Georgia offense came up quite lame against Vanderbilt last week. Completing a pass play was an accomplishment for them, never mind getting the ball in the end zone through the air.
The Bulldogs are going to have their hands tied in the SEC as the season moves along. There were plenty of people that have them as a dark horse in the SEC this year. I can see why, as I feel the SEC isn’t as strong as we have seen in the previous five years or so. The SEC is ripe for the picking and is wide open in 2015. The main reason being is that the quarterback situation isn’t the best. Texas A&M may have the two best quarterbacks in the conference on their roster. Now if their defense can hold together, they may end up becoming the dark horse instead of Georgia.
Alabama is still feeling out their quarterback situation, but with the running game they have, coupled with the defense they’re still the favorites of the SEC. Bama has an exciting matchup with Ole Miss this weekend, a game that us a must watch. It is certainly shaping up to be the game of the week. Elsewhere in the SEC, there is a big game brewing in Athens Georgia between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs. Like I said, Georgia has to figure it out at quarterback. Transfer Greyson Lambert, who came over from Virginia, has been the starter for Georgia. Lambert failed to do anything against Vanderbilt. Georgia went to Brice Ramsey briefly and looked better than Lambert. However, they opted to go back to Lambert in the second half. Lambert didn’t improve much there either.
I believe Ramsey in the better quarterback here. Georgia is going with Lambert because of the experience factor. Lambert doesn’t have much room for error now. Keep in mind that he transferred to Georgia because he lost the quarterback battle at UVA. He passed for 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season at Virginia and did nothing to make the school feel confident with him as the starter again. Enter the University of Georgia. South Carolina come into this one as big underdogs. Can they make this one a competitive game, or even pull the upset?
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs College Football Pick
South Carolina +16.5(-110)
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South Carolina vs. Georgia Pick:
If Georgia had a quarterback to complement their ground game they’d have a great team at their disposal. Maybe it improves as the year goes on, but as it is now, it’s the Nick Chubb show in Georgia. Chubb is looking to solidify himself as a favorite for the Heisman. There aren’t many quarterbacks that impress me this season, so the Heisman may be Chubb’s to lose. I actually feel bad for NFL teams looking for a quarterback because they may be left having to choose from slim pickings in the draft next April. But back today, where Georgia is going to feed Chubb and then feed Chubb some more. When Chubb isn’t on the field they are going to make use of their other host of backs. The formula for success for Georgia is run the football and let their defense clean up the rest of the game. And what a defense they have, a unit that could turn out two first round selections in the NFL draft. The defense caught a couple of bad breaks, including a botched punt turning into a first down for Vandy, and then in what I thought was one of the worst calls I have ever seen, a foul due to excessive contact to an offensive lineman’s head.
The only way for Vanderbilt to block against Georgia was to hold every play. The refs could have literally thrown a flag on Vandy every offensive play. In the abovementioned play, the Georgia defensive lineman was being held and didn’t even make contact with the head. South Carolina is not going to get away with those calls on the road, the flags should come out. Georgia should bully South Carolina in the trenches. I expect plenty of hand-offs in this game, chewing up clock leading to a low-scoring matchup. I was expecting a total of 49-47 so I will gladly jump on it at 53.5.
PICK: UNDER 53.5 POINTS (-110)