Georgia vs. Auburn - 12/2/17 College Football SEC Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) at Auburn Tigers (10-2)
College Football: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Auburn Tigers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers meet Saturday in the college football SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Georgia Bulldogs look to make a case for the college football playoff while winning their 15th conference title in school history. The Georgia Bulldogs have won eight of their last 10 non-home games. Jake Fromm is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,990 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Fromm has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Javon Wims and Terry Godwin have combined for 1,123 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Mecole Hardman has 18 receptions. The Georgia Bulldogs ground game is averaging 265.6 yards per contest, and Nick Chubb leads the way with 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 13.8 points and 271.9 yards per game. Roquan Smith leads the Georgia Bulldogs with 100 tackles, Lorenzo Carter has four sacks and Dominick Sanders has three interceptions.
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The Auburn Tigers look to clinch a spot in the college football playoff while winning their 13th conference title in school history. The Auburn Tigers have lost five of their last eight non-home games. Jarrett Stidham is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,682 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Stidham has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton have combined for 1,263 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Will Hastings has 20 receptions. The Auburn Tigers ground game is averaging 237.6 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 1,276 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Auburn is allowing 16.4 points and 303.3 yards per game. Deshaun Davis leads the Auburn Tigers with 65 tackles, Jeff Holland has nine sacks and Javaris Davis has two interceptions.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in December and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Georgia wanted this rematch after getting smoked in the first meeting, and the talent is there to get the job done. There should also be a lot of Bulldogs' fans with this game taking place in Georgia. With that said, I don't see Auburn losing. The Auburn Tigers have possibly the best front seven in the country right now, the ground game is nearly unstoppable and Stidham has become a difference maker at the quarterback position. I was worried about Auburn due to the injury to Kerryon Johnson, who is the heart and soul of the offense, but it appears he's going to be fine and is listed as probable for this contest. The Auburn Tigers just have a lot going for them right now and seem like that team that's hitting its stride at the right time. I'll take the small line and the better football team.