Georgia vs. Austin Peay - 9/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Austin Peay Governors (0-0) at Georgia Bulldogs (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Sanford Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -43 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some opening week college football action from Sanford Stadium as the Austin Peay Governors take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Austin Peay Governors come into the 2018 season looking to build on a solid 2017 FCS campaign that saw the Governors snap one of the longest losing streaks in FCS history at 29 straight defeats. The Governors lost three games to FBS opposition like Cincinnati, Miami-Ohio and a 73-33 blowout against UCF. But the Governors went 8-1 against FCS competition to finish with an 8-4 overall record, good enough for the 2nd spot in the OVC conference standings. Jeremiah Oatsvall returns for his sophomore season under center after throwing for 1,148 yards and 7 touchdowns on 56.7% passing last season. Kentel Williams and Ahmaad Tanner produce the 1-2 punch out of the Peay backfield, with Tanner leading the team with 697 yards and 8 touchdowns last season while Williams led the way with 61.3 yards per game. DJ Montgomery will be expected to get more opportunities in the Governors’ receiving corps, with Kyran Moore and Gorel Soumare gone, but luckily the Governors have some help returning on defence with the likes of Gunnar Scholato (98 tackles) and Jaison Williams (5.0 sacks) back for this season.
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The Georgia Bulldogs will enter the 2018 season optimistic after coming so close to their first national championship since 1980, finishing with a 13-2 overall record including a win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl before falling in the national title game in overtime to Alabama by a final score of 26-23. The scary thing for Georgia is that they lost their best linebacker, two pro-level running backs and more than half their defense and offensive line, and the team looks to be even more talented than last year. It all starts with Jake Fromm at QB, who will be looking to build on a Georgia offense that finished the season averaging 435 yards and 35 points per game while leading the conference in terms of the ground attack and just outside of the top 10 in offensive efficiency. The problem was that Georgia’s aerial offense finished 12th in the SEC and losing Javon Wims doesn’t help but the Dawgs still have Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley in the receiving corps. The Georgia ground attacks looks just as, if not more potent than last season, with D’Andre Swift leading the charge in addition to Elijah Holyfied, Zamir While and James Cook. Defensively, the Bulldogs lost tow of their top linebackers in Roquan Smith and Lorenzo Carter, but the Bulldogs still have tons of depth defensively to maintain and build on a defense that finished just outside of the top 5 in the country in terms of total defense and scoring. The secondary that finished 8th in FBS in pass defense is in tact, with DeAndre Baker leading the corners while second-leading tackler J.R. Reed is back at safety. The Georgia faithful have been waiting for this time to come, where the Bulldogs would be title contenders for years and it looks like the time is now for the Dawgs.
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This is a ton of points to lay, especially in the first game of the season when guys are still getting used to being back in-game and new pieces are being inserted all over the place and considering how Austin Peay held their own against FBS opponents last season. However, the Governors struggled against an above-average offense in UCF, allowing 73 points and UCF had a decent defense to go along with it. Georgia is one of the best teams on both ends in the country and should be able to give Austin Peay fits here. It’s a lot of points to lay, but I see Georgia making an example out of the Governors here in blowout fashion.