Penn State vs. Georgia - 1/2/16 College Football Taxslayer Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm (EverBank Field)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +6 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Georgia Bulldogs play Saturday afternoon in the Taxslayer Bowl at EverBank Field.
The Penn State Nittany Lions hope to improve to 2-0 in bowl games under coach James Franklin. Christian Hackenberg is completing 53.3 percent of his passes for 2,386 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hackenberg has three touchdown passes in his last two games. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for 1,477 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Saeed Blacknall has seven receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 135.3 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 1,007 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 21.7 points and 324.3 yards per game. Jason Cabinda leads the Nittany Lions with 92 tackles, Grant Haley has two interceptions and Carl Nassib has 15.5 sacks.
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The Georgia Bulldogs look to win their 10th bowl game since the 2002 season and will play their first game since 2000 without Mark Richt. Greyson Lambert is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,844 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Lambert has two touchdown passes in his last four games. Malcolm Mitchell and Terry Godwin have combined for 1,096 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Sony Michel has 25 receptions. The Georgia Bulldogs ground game is averaging 194.3 yards per contest, and Michel leads the way with 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 16.9 points and 298 yards per game. Jake Ganus leads the Bulldogs with 96 tackles, Dominick Sanders has five interceptions and Leonard Floyd has 4.5 sacks. Natrez Patrick, Isaiah McKenzie and Chauncey Rivers are questionable.
Georgia has 15 tackles for loss in its last five games and Penn State is 118th in the country in sacks allowed with 39. Like last year, the Nittany Lions offensive line can't block a prank phone call. With the athletes Georgia has, this matchup doesn't favor Penn State at all. Penn State's defense has its advantages, but that's only going to hold up for so long.
Look for the Georgia Bulldogs to win this game and cover the reasonable number due to Penn State's inability to protect the QB.