Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) vs. Murray St. Racers (1-0)
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 4 PM EST
Sanford Stadium (Athens, GA)
Moneyline: Georgia (-600000), Murray St. (+120000)
Spread: Georgia – 48.5 (-120), Murray St. + 48.5 (-120)
Over/Under: 61.5 (-120)
Georgia Bulldogs 2019 Week 1: Georgia def. Vanderbilt 30-6
In Week 1, QB Jake Fromm was just okay, finishing 15-23 with 156 yards and 1 touchdown pass. Fromm, who currently has the 4th-best Heisman odds, will need to bounce back in a big way to keep his name in the early-season Heisman race. Luckily for Georgia, they were able to dominate using the ground game, with 40 carries for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB D’Andre Swift, who currently has the 5th-best Heisman odds, just behind teammate Jake Fromm, showed how dominant he can be, even without getting into the end zone. Swift ran the ball 16 times for 152 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and should be in for an even larger share of touches in Week 2.
On defense, the Bulldogs shouldn’t face much of a challenge, which could put the over in danger. But, I think Georgia will eventually put their backups in, and Murray State’s offense could take advantage.
Murray St. Racers 2019 Week 1: Murray St. def. Pikeville 59-20
Murray State will not win this game and it will not be close. Despite a dominant performance against NAIA opponent, Pikeville, in Week 1, Murray State just won’t have enough to stay close with Georgia for more than a quarter, maybe.
However, if Georgia plays conservatively on offense and runs the ball close to 40 times again, I think that may be the only way that this game doesn’t go over. Murray State, like any other huge underdog, will either come out of the locker room inspired or get buried almost immediately. I think the result for this game will be closer to the latter. I think Georgia will really be able to open up the offense and dominate Murray State. I’m taking the over for this game, but that may be reliant on Murray State scoring a touchdown or two.