Saturday, October 17, 2020, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 8 p.m. ET
Bulldogs at Crimson Tide Betting Preview: Bulldogs (+6), Crimson Tide (-6)
Contrasting styles will be on display in this Top 3 matchup. The No. 3 Bulldogs (3-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) have held opponents to just 12.3 points and 236.7 yards a game and will be facing a Crimson Tide offense that leads the nation in scoring (51.0 points a game) and is third in total offense (560.3 yards a game).
The Bulldogs have averaged 36 points and 420 yards a game behind junior quarterback Stetson Bennett, who climbed his way up the depth chart from No. 4 going into the season. Bennett has passed for 229.7 yards a game while completing 63.1 percent of his attempts since taking over in the second quarter of the opener at Arkansas.
“I honestly think he’s just himself,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “He doesn’t try to be someone else. He doesn’t try to artificially lead or fake it. He never did that while he was trying to compete for the job, and he hasn’t done it since he got the job.”
Bennett has yet to throw an interception in 84 pass attempts.
Kearis Jackson leads the team in receptions with 19 for 300 yards while George Pickens has only eight catches for 87 yards.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Coach Nick Saban wasn’t happy with the way his second-ranked Crimson Tide (3-0, 3-0 SEC) played in allowing Ole Miss to amass 643 yards in total offense in last week’s 63-48 win over the Rebels.
“We’ve had some guys that have made multiple mistakes; either have to get that fixed or replace them,” Saban said. “And we’re going to work in every endeavor and try to get better. Believe me, there is no one satisfied with the way we played.”
Offensively, however, the Tide has put on a remarkable show behind Mac Jones. Jones is the national leader in passing efficiency in completing 66 of 83 attempts for 1,101 yards with eight touchdowns against one interception.
He has a pair of explosive receivers to throw to in DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Smith has 27 catches for 316 yards and two scores while Waddle has 19 receptions for 396 yards and three scores.
Najee Harris has rushed for 115.7 yards per game and also has 76 yards on seven receptions.
Bulldogs at Crimson Tide Betting Pick for October 17, 2020
Saban is 21-0 against his former assistants, including a 2-0 mark against Smart. The Tide beat the Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime in the 2017 national championship game and 35-28 in the 2018 SEC title game. This will be the third consecutive meeting for Saban against a former assistant after wins over Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M and Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss with Jeremy Pruitt of Tennessee up next.
Bulldogs at Crimson Tide Betting Pick:
Crimson Tide 34, Bulldogs 27
Bulldogs at Crimson Tide Best Bet for October 17, 2020
Georgia has gotten off to a slow start in two of its three games, trailing Arkansas 7-5 and Tennessee 21-17 at halftime of their meetings. The Bulldogs have given up only two field goals in the second half all season, but the Tide have scored 69 of their 153 points in the third and fourth quarters. Smith and Waddle should have big efforts in the passing game.
Bulldogs at Crimson Tide Best Bet: OVER 58.5
–Field Level Media