Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Bulldogs - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Volunteers (4-0) at Georgia Bulldogs (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Sanford Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs +2.5 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
Down at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got a great-looking Week 5 college football matchup coming between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Tennessee heads into this game with a perfect 4-0 record so far, with their most recent win coming this past Saturday against Florida 38-28. This game wasn’t easy for the Volunteers, as they had to overcome a 21-point deficit and were down 21-3 at the half. Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs took control in the second half, delivering a 16-of-32 line for 319 yards and four touchdowns through the air, and 17 rushes for 80 more yards and a TD on the ground. Jauan Jennings led the Volunteers in receiving with three catches for 111 yards and a TD, while RB Jalen Hurd put up 26 carries for 95 yards.
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So far this season for Tennessee, Dobbs has amassed a 61-of-107 line for 805 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hurd leads the Volunteers in rushing with 91 carries for 365 yards and two touchdowns, and Josh Malone is Tennessee’s top man through the air with 13 receptions for 287 yards and five scores.
Moving on over to the Bulldogs’ side, they’re coming into Week 5 with a 3-1 record. Georgia’s lone blemish came this past Saturday against Ole Miss, going down 45-14. The Bulldogs were down 31-0 at halftime, but managed to put up a couple of late cosmetic touchdowns. Georgia QB Jacob Eason had a pretty forgettable day with a 16-of-36 line for 137 yards and an interception. Brian Herrien was about the only statistical standout for the Bulldogs, carrying 11 times for 78 yards and both touchdowns.
On the year, Eason has managed a 64-of-123 mark for the Bulldogs alongside 780 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Nick Chubb leads Georgia in rushing with 83 carries, 422 yards and three touchdowns. Isaiah McKenzie is the Bulldogs’ leading receiver on 21 grabs for 318 yards and four scores.
Tennessee is 6-0 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. Tennessee is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in October.
Meanwhile, Georgia is 2-5 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss. Georgia is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight conference games, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
Georgia should make their fans plenty nervous. The Bulldogs’ last two wins came by a measly three points combined, and for the most part they’ve wilted in the face of above-average competition this season. Tennessee, conversely, has shown some real resilience and halftime adjustments in their victories, factors which will serve them well here. I’ll take the Volunteers to cover relatively easily.