Bulldogs Desecration of Missouri Leaves Them As Solid Favorites

Georgia Bulldogs Football Background

  • Georgia bullies the competition with steady futures odds
  • Alabama is still Georgia’s closest national title suitor
  • Tide’s Young holding off Heisman competition

No one needed to spend three hours and a half watching the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs pulverize Missouri, 43-6, to realize that this was going to be a monumental blowout. The Tigers give up 478.1 yards per game (123rd/CFB), while the Tigers are generally steamrolled on the ground in giving up 270.2 yards rushing (129th/CFB).

Georgia had eight ball carriers and gained 166 yards on 38 carries, while quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns as he completed 13-of-19 passes in the win.

The Bulldogs continue to lead Alabama in odds to win the SEC championship with (-200) while the Crimson Tide are still posting (+175). Last week, the Bulldogs were giving (-175) with Alabama posting (+135) odds to win the SEC title.

Alabama held off stubborn LSU, 20-14, as the Tigers held the Tide to only six yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Bryce Young passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He found Jameson Williams 10 times as he had 160 yards and one of the TD catches.

The Crimson Tide defense held LSU on downs at the Alabama 7-yard line with 6:51 to play.

The odds lengthen in favor of the Bulldogs as far as the national championship as Georgia is currently giving (-110) odds with Alabama (+360). Ohio State (+450), Oklahoma (+1400), and then Oregon (+2500) round out the top five.

Please Note:
The Bulldogs have a slimmer advantage on other online sportsbooks as UGa sits at (+100) with Alabama (+300) and Ohio State carrying a (+400) number. Oklahoma (+1400) and Oregon (+2500) carry the same freight.

UGa posted (+110) odds last week while the Tide checked in at (+280).

The team to watch may be Cincinnati as the Bearcats hold on to No. 2 in the AP poll behind Georgia. Cincinnati is sitting at (+5000) to win the national championship after a close call at home against Tulsa on Saturday.

The Bearcats held the Golden Hurricane on the one-yard line as they recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchback inside of a minute. UC’s odds to win the title dropped as the Bearcats were posted at (+3000) last week.

Georgia has set atop the poll for five consecutive weeks while Cincy has been No. 2 for four straight weeks, even though Alabama gained in points upon Sunday’s vote.

A Game For The Young

Alabama’s Bryce Young continues to lead the Heisman Race as he checks in with odds at (+180) this week. He has generally led from the beginning as the suitors behind him have changed week to week.

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III (+280) and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud (+400) are the latest in serious pursuit.

While Young was key in helping the Tide stave off stubborn LSU, Walker had 136 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown, but Michigan State suffered it’s first loss of the season to Purdue, 40-29.

Michigan State’s defense could not contain Purdue QB Aiden O’Donnell, who completed 40-of-54 passes for 536 yards and three touchdowns.

Stroud was impressive once again in passing for 405 yards and two touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 26-17 win at Nebraska.

He threw two interceptions, though, which may be a sticking point with the oddsmakers in not posting him ahead of Walker or eventually Young. However, Stroud has 25 touchdown passes vs. only five interceptions on the season.

The Spartans’ national championship odds fell from (+4000) a week ago too (+7000).

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, who traded small leads with Young in the Heisman Trophy odds race, is fourth at (+550). He completed 20-of-27 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown in the Rebels’ 27-14 win over Liberty and former head coach Hugh Freeze on Saturday.

Oklahoma’s Caleb Williams (+800) and Pitt QB Kenny Pickett check (+2200) in behind Corral.

The biggest headway in Heisman pursuit was made by Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman who moved from (+4000) to (+2800) on the week. Hartman passed for 398 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns as the Demon Deacons were upset by rival North Carolina, 58-55, on Saturday.

Later, Gator

The bottom continues to fall out for Florida as the Gators were favored by 19 points early – but the line fell to 17.5 – over struggling South Carolina before the Gators were dismantled by the Gamecocks, 40-17, on Saturday night.

The moneyline bets were heavily in favor of the Gators despite going on the road at night as they were at (-1000) while the Gamecocks garnered (+600).

Florida did push the over/under to OVER 52.5 with a late touchdown.

Kevin Harris ran for 128 yards, and ZaQuandre White went for 111 for South Carolina as the Gamecocks had 284 rushing yards.

The listlessness caused the firing of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive coordinator John Hevesy on Monday.

Speaking of betting on the OVER, Tennessee’s 45-42 win over Kentucky blew away the number of 55.5.

An interesting statistic from this game was that Kentucky had the football for 46:08 as the Volunteers scored 45 points and ran up 469 yards in 13:52. Alontae Taylor’s 56-yard interception return midway through the third quarter gave Tennessee a 38-28 lead.

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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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