- The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs beat the No. 12 Auburn Tigers 21-14 on Saturday
- Georgia opened -13.5 as they host Texas A&M next week
- With a difficult path to a national title, read below to find out if the Bulldogs are worth a wager
The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs earned another win on Saturday with a 21-14 victory over the No. 12 Auburn Tigers. That should clear the path for them to get to the SEC Championship Game and put themselves in position to make the College Football Playoff. With their National Championship odds at +700, are they worth a look?
2020 National Championship Odds
Odds taken Nov. 16th
Bulldogs Turn Aside Tigers
While it wasn’t exactly a dominant performance, the Bulldogs did earn a big win on the road against No. 12 Auburn. They led from wire-to-wire, building a 21-0 lead entering the fourth quarter. Auburn had a couple of late scores and had the ball with a chance to tie the game, but they never really threatened.
It was an ugly game for the Georgia offense as quarterback Jake Fromm had just 110 yards passing. And 51 of those came on one touchdown play, which means the passing game did nothing the rest of the way. The running game produced a decent effort with 141 yards on 36 carries.
For the Bulldogs, it was the defense that led the way, shutting out the Tigers at home in the first three quarters. They held the Tigers to just 5-of-18 on third downs and one-of-four on fourth downs. The Tigers came into the game averaging 219.8 rushing yards per game but were held to just 84.
Bulldogs Have Clear Path to SEC Championship Game
With the Tigers out of the way, the Bulldogs should have a pretty clear path to the SEC Championship Game. Next up is a home game with Texas A&M (7-3), who is a decent team but they lost to Auburn earlier in the season. Georgia is a two-touchdown favorite on the lookahead line. After that, it should be favored by about 30 over Georgia Tech.
That means the Bulldogs should be at 11-1 when they face the No. 1 LSU Tigers in the SEC Championship Game. At that point, the question is can they either beat the Tigers or can they qualify for the College Football Playoff as a two-loss team if they lose a close game to LSU.
What’s The Best Bet?
I’m not big on Georgia winning the National Championship, so I’m not interested in these odds. They were advertised as a team with a road-grading offensive line that should have a couple of Heisman Trophy candidates in D’Andre Swift and Jake Fromm.
Fromm has averaged just 196.8 passing yards per game, and while he doesn’t make many mistakes (all three interceptions came in one game), he’s been more of a game manager. Meanwhile, the running game has been just OK, averaging 137.3 rushing yards per game against ranked opponents – a far drop from their 210.6 overall.
Jake Fromm wanted it ALL on this one. pic.twitter.com/uO8Z56XnSB
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 16, 2019
Their defense has been excellent as they’ve allowed just 107 points the entire season. They’ve allowed 31 points in their last four games combined. However, consider the opponents as they haven’t faced many good ones this season. On top of that, the path to a championship is tough.
Georgia will have to essentially play three playoff games in a row: they’ll face LSU in the SEC Championship and then have to win that and two more times to win the title. I don’t see it with this team – not the way the offense has been playing this season.
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