Bulldogs Close on Alabama After Saturday Results

Georgia Bulldogs Football Team Background (1)

  • Georgia closing on Alabama as national title favorite
  • Bulldogs, Crimson Tide differentiate from field
  • Oregon closes in on traditional Top 5

The No.2 Georgia Bulldogs’ defense is one of the most talked-about units in college football, and after Saturday night’s 40-13 rout of South Carolina at Sanford Stadium, the Bulldogs’ national championship odds are in play with the same focus.

Georgia closed on No. 1 Alabama as the favorite to with the BCS National Championship as the Bulldogs now sit at (+250) while the Crimson Tide place at (+180) after the Tide narrowly escaped the Florida Gators in The Swamp on Saturday afternoon.

Some oddsmakers had this as close as Alabama with (+200) odds, and then Georgia sitting at (+250). Some online sportsbooks have the margin a bit wider as the Crimson Tide are seen at (+175) with the Bulldogs at (+335).

Last week:
Alabama netted odds at (+150) while Georgia was sitting at (+400). In the preseason, the Crimson Tide started at (+300) with the Bulldogs checking in at (+800).

The Bulldogs rolled up 491 yards of total offense behind 317 yards through the air from quarterback JT Daniels while Alabama had to withstand a solid Florida comeback when they stuffed the Gators on a two-point conversion with 3:10 to play to preserve a 31-29 win.

Alabama and Georgia are on a collision course to meet in the SEC Championship game as the Crimson Tide sits at (-165) while the Bulldogs check-in at (+150). Texas A&M is the next closest team at (+1800).

Separate Ways

Oddsmakers are still reticent to drop Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State below anyone else in the national championship field.

The Sooners (+650) struggled past stubborn Nebraska, 23-16, as quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for one score and ran for another.

Clemson’s narrow 14-8 win over Georgia Tech pushed the Tigers back to a (+900) as Clemson stays ahead of Ohio State (+1000), who pulled away from Tulsa in the fourth quarter for a 41-20 win.

Some sportsbooks had a greater differentiation as Oklahoma (+1000), Ohio State (+1200), and Clemson (+1200) are falling.

Last week:
The Tigers, Buckeyes, and Sooners are all posting around (+900). Clemson had (+350) odds in the preseason to win the national championship as Ohio State stood at (+500) and Oklahoma checked in at (+700).

The Tigers are still (-350) to win the ACC as North Carolina (+400) and Miami (+1200) offer the closest challenges, according to oddsmakers.

Flying into Contention

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks had that huge win over Ohio State last week, and they wasted little time dispatching Stony Brook, 48-7, on Saturday. The Ducks sit at (+1600) after starting the season at (+5000).

Oregon saw improvement from it’s (+2000) of a week ago, but in some places the Ducks are still posting that (+2000). The Ducks are pushing their way into national title contention behind the play of senior quarterback Anthony Brown and the two-pronged running game of C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye. Oregon posts (+120) odds to get into the Pac-12 title game with USC and Utah at (+500).

The Trojans regained the confidence with some oddsmakers in disposing of Washington State, 45-14, in Pullman on Saturday. Utah fell to 1-2 with a triple-overtime loss to San Diego State.

Big Ten Moves

Penn State (+3000), Iowa (+5000), and even Michigan (+5000) have national title aspirations in their crosshairs, but sportsbooks are still listing them as longshots to win the national championship.

The Nittany Lions defeated Auburn, 28-20, on Saturday night and moved up from (+5000) a week ago, although the Lions started at (+4000)

Iowa has risen to No. 4 in the nation as the Hawkeyes are becoming the trendy pick to win the Big Ten. Iowa now sits at (+5000) after it’s 30-7 win over Kent State where Ty Goodson rushed 22 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

The Hawkeyes opened the preseason at (+10000) and made a major move to (+5500) after last week’s win over Iowa State.

Michigan joins Iowa at a current (+5000) as the Wolverines have defeated inferior competition by an average of 35.7 points per game. They started the season at (+5000) and fell back to (+5500) a week ago.

After hosting Rutgers this week:
They go to Wisconsin on Oct. 2 where we should get a good picture of where this team is in the scheme of the national title and Big Ten race.

Bovada had the Buckeyes (-225) as a heavy favorite once again to win the Big Ten at the beginning of the season. Wisconsin sat at (+550) with Iowa and Penn State both posting odds at (+1000). Michigan was an outlier at (+2000).

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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