The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (+750 to win the national title) can’t wait for the season to begin. After losing in the Sugar Bowl to the Texans Longhorns, Georgia is aching to rebound, and their 2019 campaign kicks off in Nashville, where they will meet the Vanderbilt Commodores (+200000). Will the Bulldogs crush Vandy? Or will the Commodores score a huge upset?
Betting Preview for the Georgia Bulldogs vs Vanderbilt Commodores Week 1 College Football Game on August 31 2019
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville
When: Saturday, August 31 , 2019, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
Betting on the Georgia Bulldogs (0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
Like most big-time football programs, the Bulldogs suffered some attrition over the offseason, but like most big-time programs, they hauled in another great batch of recruits. In fact, they have the second-best group of recruits in the nation. On top of that, they have one of the best quarterbacks still running the offense for them. That’s Jake Fromm, who is fresh off a 2018 campaign in which he passed for 2,749 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. Fromm also has the benefit of what is being labelled as one of the best offensive lines nationally, which is led by junior Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson — both should find their ways into the NFL in the near future. Also set to get tremendous help from that O-line is running back Andre Swift, who had 49 rushing yards and a touchdown on just a carry in the Bulldogs’ 49-13 home win over the Commodores last year. Fromm, meanwhile, had 276 passing yards and three touchdowns with zero picks thrown on 17-for-23 completions.
The Bulldogs are 6-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games.
Betting on the Vanderbilt Commodores (0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
Kyle Shurmur has turned pro, which means that the Commodores’ offense is mostly now in the hands of De’Shawn Vaughn. The running back is expected to be the focal point of Vandy’s attack, which averaged 160.2 rushing yards per game last season. Vaughn led the team in 2018 with 1,244 rushing yards while also collecting 12 rushing scores along the way. The starter under center will be graduate transfer Riley Neal, who came over from Ball State, where he passed for 7,393 yards and completed 60 percent of his passes. Neal will find himself with great talent surrounding him. Apart from Vaughn, Neal will get help from wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb and Jared Pinkney, who is regarded as one of the best in the college ranks in his position. Neal may be new to the SEC, but he’s an experienced quarterback who could deliver the goods and exceed expectations.
The Commodores are 3-0 ATS in their last three road games.
The Bulldogs win, 41-13.
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