Georgia vs. Louisville - 12/30/14 Belk Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisville Cardinals (9-3) at Georgia Bulldogs (9-3)
College Football: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Bulldogs and Louisville Cardinals play Tuesday in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium.
The Georgia Bulldogs have won three of their last four games and haven’t missed a bowl since 1996. Hutson Mason is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. Mason has four touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Georgia has 16 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Chris Conley and Michael Bennett have combined for more than 900 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Malcolm Mitchell has a touchdown in three of his last four games. Georgia’s ground game is averaging 6.1 yards per carry, as Nick Chubb leads the way with 1,281 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, the Georgia Bulldogs are allowing 21.3 points, 334 yards, and they’ve forced 24 sacks and 26 turnovers. Amarlo Herrera leads Georgia with 112 tackles and Jordan Jenkins has nine tackles for loss.
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The Louisville Cardinals have won three straight games and are playing in their fifth straight bowl contest. Reggie Bonnafon is completing 51.3 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and three interceptions. Bonnafon has three total touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Louisville has 32 passing plays of 25 or more yards. DeVante Parker and James Quick have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Eli Rogers has six receptions in his last two games. Louisville's ground game is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, as Brandon Radcliff leads the way with 648 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, the Louisville Cardinals are allowing 20.5 points, 293.3 yards, and they’ve forced 39 sacks and 28 turnovers. Keith Kelsey leads Louisville with 78 tackles and Lorenzo Mauldin has 13 tackles for loss.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cardinals are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
Louisville has a shot to win this game outright but the difference for me is the inexperience at quarterback for the Cards. I look for the Bulldogs to make more plays on offense and pull away late, covering the spread by at least a half a point.