The “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” has been played annually since 1944 and the next installment will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2020, when the #7 Auburn Tigers (1-0) visit the #4 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0). Both teams had sleepy starts to their season openers, but got things going in the second half to come away with comfortable victories. This game will air live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. EST.
It has been just one game, but Auburn is averaging 29.0 points per game and 324.0 total yards of offense, 233.0 through the air and 91.0 on the ground. On defense, the Tigers allow 13.0 points and 384.0 yards, 239.0 passing and 145.0 rushing.
The Georgia offense is averaging 37.0 points per game and 387.0 total yards, 266.0 passing and 121.0 rushing. On defense, the Bulldogs are allowing 10.0 points and 280.0 yards, 203.0 through the air and 77.0 on the ground.
Below is my pick for the #7 Auburn Tigers at #4 Georgia Bulldogs. All odds are from BetRivers Sportsbook.
#7 Auburn Tigers at #4 Georgia Bulldogs (-6.5): O/U 43.5 (-110/-110)
Auburn hosted the #23 Kentucky Wildcats for the season opener and came away with a sleepy 29-13 win. This game was 8-7 at the half, and 15-13, heading into the fourth quarter, but a 14-0 final quarter gave Auburn the relatively comfortable victory. The Auburn defense was the definition of bend but don’t break as they allowed a big chunk of yards, but we able to force three Kentucky turnovers. On offense, Bo Nix threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were to Seth Williams who caught six balls for 112 yards.
Georgia started their season with a 37-10 road win at Arkansas, but that score line does not explain how poor Georgia played in this one. The Bulldogs were down 7-5 at the half but clicked into gear in the third quarter and ended up blowing out the Razorbacks. QB Stetson Bennett, who was the fourth string QB heading into the summer, came in relief and led the Bulldogs with 211 yards and two touchdowns. The Georgia defense forced three Arkansas interceptions and allowed under 300 yards to the stagnant offense.
Series History: Georgia has won the last three meetings and now leads the “Deeps South’s Oldest Rivalry” 60-56-8.
Free Football Picks: This should be an excellent game and I am going to back Georgia -6.5 in the game of the day.
2020 CFB Picks Results: 9-4