Missouri Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Bulldogs have one of college football’s best defenses of the last decade. No team has scored more than 13 points on the Dawgs at this point in the season, and the Tigers are likely to find it to be just as hard. Missouri and coach Eli Drinkwitz rank sixth in the SEC in total offense but haven’t played a defense like Georgia.
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Missouri Tigers Team Preview
Sophomore quarterback Connor Bazelak has had a good first full year as a starter in Columbia, ranking fourth in yards per game in the conference but third in the SEC in interceptions thrown with eight. Senior running back Tyler Badie has been the highlight of the offense, as he leads the league in rushing yards at 126 yards per game and is tied for the lead in touchdowns with 11 rushing scores. The dual-threat back has also added 40 receptions and four more touchdowns as a receiving threat out of the backfield.
Defensively Missouri has struggled mightily. The pass defense has held its own and ranks fourth in the SEC, but the rushing defense and scoring defense rank dead last in the SEC as the Tigers have given up 36 points per game and over 100 yards more on the ground than the next closest team in the SEC.
The Tigers haven’t covered in a game they’ve played this year, 0-8. With the league’s worst defense, they have reached the over in their total points betting line six out of eight games this year.
Georgia Bulldogs Team Preview
The Bulldogs took over the number one spot in the country following Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M in October and have shown no signs of giving it up. The defense has been suffocating and has drawn comparisons to many of the top defenses over the past 10-20 seasons.
Big man Jordan Davis anchors (literally and figuratively) the defensive line at the nose tackle position but moves like a cat for his mammoth size. His disruption frees up the middle of the defense for linebackers Nakobe Dean, Adam Anderson, Nolan Smith, and Quay Walker to fly around and make plays. Derion Kendrick and Lewis Cine roam the secondary on the back end, reaping the benefits of the disruption from the front seven. It’s hard to find a weak spot in this Kirby Smart-coached defense.
Offensively the year has played out much differently than expected for the Bulldogs. JT Daniels had hype surrounding him as the quarterback to take the team over the top. An early injury has sidelined Daniels for much of the season, and Stetson Bennett IV has found his way back into the starting lineup after being benched a year ago in favor of Daniels.
The offensive weapons look much different outside of the running back position as well. George Pickens suffered a season-ending injury to start the season, and Arik Gilbert never found the field after dealing with personal issues that have kept him out all year. Freshman tight end Brock Bowers has provided a huge boost to the pass catchers and leads the team in receiving yards.
BetOnline and Bovada have the Bulldogs as home favorites with a betting line of -37.5. The total points betting line is set at 59.
This matchup does not bode well for the Tigers. The oddsmakers set this line pretty high, but the Bulldogs should disrupt the Tigers all day with that dominant defense and likely cause a couple of turnovers. On the other side of the ball, the Tigers rank last in stopping the run, and Georgia likes to line up and play smash-mouth football.
Expect the under 59 total points to be the play, and the Dawgs try to keep their defensive scoring average down and cover the spread in a blowout.