Vegas Sets An Unprecedented Tennessee vs Georgia Betting Line

Vegas Sets An Unprecedented Tennessee vs Georgia Betting Line

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Vegas Sets An Unprecedented Tennessee vs Georgia Betting Line


No. 2 Georgia seeks to continue its early-season scoring spree Saturday in Athens when the Dawgs renew their annual rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers.

Georgia moved to 4-0 (2-0) after downing the Missouri Tigers 43-29 last Saturday in Columbia. The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) are coming off a 47-21 loss at home to the Florida Gators in which they turned the ball over six times and lost starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to a leg injury.

Oddsmakers have opened the point spread at a huge 32.5 points in favor of the Bulldogs. The unofficial over/under is 58 points.

Although the Bulldogs won by 14 points last week on the road, coach Kirby Smart wasn’t thrilled with their performance. Georgia committed seven penalties for 66 yards, allowed a blocked field goal, gave up 172 rushing yards and nearly cost itself a touchdown by dropping the ball near the goal line. Two of Georgia’s five touchdowns came from the defense and special teams, and the Bulldogs offense were just 3-for-12 on third down. Georgia still made big plays (its three offensive touchdowns came on plays of 33, 61 and 54 yards), but the Dawgs struggled to sustain drives against a mediocre Mizzou defense.

“We didn’t play with the discipline we need to play with,” Smart told reporters after the game. “And I’m responsible for that. We’ll get it fixed.”

Whether Guarantano plays probably isn’t Tennessee’s biggest issue going into the game. His backup is Keller Chryst, who went 11-2 as Stanford’s starter the last two years before losing the No. 1 job due to injury and transferring to Tennessee. Guarantano was 7-of-18 passing for 174 yards, two interceptions and a fumble before leaving last week’s game, and Tennessee’s passing game ranks 98th in the country.

The Vols seem to be in a bit of turmoil and first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt may not be in control, even having to kick junior linebacker Quart’e Sapp out of last week’s game after Sapp refused to take the field for a play.

The Bulldogs blew out Tennessee 41-0 in last year’s matchup in Knoxville. Georgia has won eight straight at home by an average of 29 points and have scored more than 40 points each game this season. The Vols have lost seven straight on the road and haven’t won an SEC contest in 673 days. Look for the Dawgs to make it 678 days this Saturday

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