The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry is set for its 117th installment when the #7 Auburn Tigers host to the #25 Georgia Bulldogs.
The Tigers have a great chance of evening up the score in their old rivalry, which the Bulldogs have dominated in the last seven years. Georgia outright embarrassed Auburn 38-0 in last season’s meeting.
A win for either school would also put them ahead in the overall series, which is currently tied at 54 wins apiece with 8 ties.
Betting on College Football: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers
When: November 16, 2013, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
As of November 12.
Money: Georgia (+140) vs Auburn (-160)
Spread: Georgia (+3.5) vs Auburn (-3.5)
Betting on the Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia’s streak of two consecutive SEC Eastern Division titles is now in some jeopardy. A loss at Auburn this week could send the Bulldogs a full two games behind leaders Missouri with only two games remaining in the regular season. [sc:NCAA240banner ]
If the Bulldogs stand any chance of appearing in a third consecutive SEC Championship Game, they must find a way to defeat the top 10-ranked Tigers. Recent history is on Georgia’s side however, as they’ve beaten their old rivals six out of the last seven years.
Quarterback Aaron Murray, the most prolific passer in SEC history, will once again put the team on his throwing shoulder. Already the SEC’s all-time leader in passing yards, the senior surpassed Danny Wuerffel’s record for most career TDs in last week’s 45-6 drubbing of Appalachian State. Murray completed 19 of 26 passes for 281 yards and 2 TDs in only three quarters.
A major key for Georgia to pull off the upset will be to stop the terrific Tigers rushing game. The Bulldogs’ run defense has been solid this season; they’re currently third in the SEC with just 126 yards/game, aided by last week’s effort of just 32 rushing yards surrendered on 32 attempts.
Will the Bulldogs continue their domination? Bet now on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Betting on the Auburn Tigers
Expectations for new head coach Gus Malzahn in his first year at Auburn were understandably tempered. The Tigers – 2010 National Champions – plummeted precipitously last season under head coach Gene Chizik to a 3-9 overall record, and 0-8 in the SEC. A return to respectability would have constituted a success for the rookie coach, which he has accomplished – and then some.
Malzahn has led Auburn to an impressive 9-1 record (5-1 in the SEC), currently ranked 9th in the BCS and the AP Top 25. Auburn is also 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home. After losing their only game to date on the road to LSU, the Tigers have reeled off six successive victories, which include notable road wins at Texas A&M and last week at Tennessee.[sc:NCAA490banner ]
Auburn took their third-ranked rushing attack (320 yards/game) to new heights in their 55-23 win over the Volunteers. Quarterback Nick Marshall – a transferee from Georgia – led the onslaught with 214 of the team’s 444 yards on the ground, the most by an Auburn quarterback since Cam Newton’s 217 yards in 2010. The former Bulldog Marshall and junior running back Tre Mason (16 TDs, 3rd in FBS) will lead the Tigers offense.
Can the Tigers toppple their old rivals? Bet now on the Auburn Tigers.
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