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Georgia vs Tennessee Odds, Preview and Picks

Ryan Bolta

by Ryan Bolta in College Football

Updated Nov 10, 2021 · 6:33 AM PST

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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is shown against Missouri in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Athens, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Georgia (9-0) faces Tennessee (5-4) in Knoxville on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 Eastern on CBS
  • The Bulldogs are the top ranked team in the country and have not allowed more than 13 points in any game this season
  • Below are the odds and team breakdowns to help predict potential line movement prior to kickoff

Homecoming is usually a great celebration that results in lasting memories. Tough luck for the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 11, when undefeated #1 Georgia comes to Knoxville to spoil the party for all the grads returning to campus.

The top ranked Bulldogs are 20.5 point favorites and are unquestionably riding a ton of momentum into this game. They are three wins away from the SEC championship game and four from the number one position in the College Football Playoff.

Georgia vs Tennessee Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Georgia -20.5 (-105) -1300 O 56.5 (-110)
Tennessee +20.5 (-115) +730 U 56.5 (-110)

Odds as of November 10th at FanDuel

This showdown at Neyland Stadium will be broadcast by CBS at 3:30 Eastern on Saturday. What’s the best bet?

Let’s dive deep into both programs to settle on the smarter wager to make prior to kick off.

Georgia Defense Full of Top NFL Prospects

Technically, the Wisconsin Badgers have the #1 ranked defense in the country, but boy if the Bulldogs don’t make a good case as well. They are allowing only 5.7 points per game and no opponent has topped 13 points in a game this season. Georgia has won its nine games by an average of 31.8 points thanks in large part to their defense.

Multiple members of the unit jump off the page and will be names you’ll hear on Sunday’s for years to come. Defensive tackle Jordan Davis is currently projected to be top five selections, with linebacker Nakobe Dean and defensive end Travon Walker also joining him in the first round. These players have used nationally televised games to impress scouts all year and Saturday’s test against Tennessee will not be an exception.

One note to consider is Georgia’s performance for the betting public. While they’ve gone 6-3 against the spread, all three losses have come when favored by 20.5 points or more, which happens to be the line set for this game.

Could Tennessee Pull Off an Upset?

Let’s play glass half full for a moment and take a real look at the Bulldogs schedule this season. For all the boasting the SEC does about having better talent on the field, very little of that comes at the quarterback position. The best quarterback they’ve won against is likely DJ Uiagalelei from Clemson who they beat in a non-conference game.

This test against the Volunteers will be by far the biggest challenge of the season for Georgia’s defense.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker is one of the most electric players in college football. He has 1,894 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Those numbers would be incredible if he were a pocket passer who refused to run the football (think, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud as an example).

Now, consider the fact he’s also second on the Volunteers with 458 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He is an elite talent that has the ability to extend drives and at the very least flip field position to force more from the Bulldog offense.

Trust Volunteers to Keep Homecoming Game Close

Georgia has been an under .500 team for bettors when the spread is this high and that’s something that needs to be considered. It’s easy to fall in love with the best team in the country and trust they’ll line your pockets each week but the odds makers are smarter than that. They built some cushion into this line and it’s a prime opportunity for you to take advantage.

The smart play is taking Tennessee to cover at home and if you find a few extra coins in the couch cushions, the money line isn’t off the table. The Volunteer offense will score more than any other Georgia opponent this season and there’s a chance they are in this game late into the fourth quarter.

  • The Pick: Tennessee +20.5 (-115)
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