NCAA Football: Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 7:30 pm on ESPN (Vanderbilt Stadium)
Lines and Odds: Clemson -23 Over/Under: 57.5
The battle for the SEC title and a National Championship title begins as the Georgia Bulldogs visit the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Last season, the No 3. Bulldogs went 11-3, including a 41-13 victory against Vanderbilt. Unfortunately, Georgia lost 28-21 to the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. As a result, the Bulldogs are itching to rebound.
In the same fashion, Vanderbilt lost to Baylor in the Texas Bowl 6-7 overall last season.
This will be the first game of the season for both Georgia and Vanderbilt. Will the Bulldogs crush Vanderbilt? Or can the Commodores pull off a huge upset?
Free CFB Pick Georgia Bulldogs vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Should Georgia Reload Or Rebuild?
As mentioned above, Georgia finished the season well (11-3), but dealt with a loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl, as well as a loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship. Now that that quarterback Justin Fields moved to Ohio State, Jake Fromm the undisputed starter QB. Aside from winning it all, the Bulldogs have done just about everything right the past two years, totaling 24 victories. This season’s squad is ranked third in the nation and returns plenty of firepowers, with Fromm and junior running back D’Andre Swift back to lead an offense that averaged 37.9 points per game last season.
In that same season, Fromm passed for 2,749 yards and 30 touchdowns a season ago, completing 67.3 percent of his passes. Swift emerges as a go-to back, rushing for 1,049 yards with 10 touchdowns last season. However, defensively Georgia lost several key contributors from a unit that allowed just 19.2 points per game in 2018. Still, the Bulldog bring back two leading tacklers Richard LeCounte III and J.R. Reed. The Bulldogs have won 21 of 24 meetings with Vanderbilt, including the 41-13 rout at home last season.
Vanderbilt Looks To Come Out On Top
Vanderbilt is coming off a respectable 6-7 season which resulted in an appearance in the Texas Bowl, where they dropped to Baylor 45-38. The Commodores now two candidates that will get snaps in Riley Neal and junior Deuce Wallace. Head coach Derek Mason, however, stated that he will not announce who will get Saturday’s start until the last minute.
Whoever take snaps will have all-conference first-team senior receiver Kalija Lipscomb and senior running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn to help push the offensive load. Vaughn rushed for 1,244 yards (most by any returning SEC running back) and 12 touchdowns last season, averaging 7.9 yards a carry. He wrapped up the 2018 season with 243 yards in the Texas Bowl. Lipscomb led the conference with 87 receptions a season ago and is six touchdowns shy of breaking the school record.
This game will be a high-offense battle between the Bulldogs and Commodores. The Bulldogs will constantly run the ball due to the lack of experienced receivers. On the other end, Vanderbilt has tight end Jared Pickney, who can catch and run quickly for high yardage. This will be a tight and close game; however, Vanderbilt has a slight edge as their receiver and tight ends can outdo UGA’s running game.
Prediction: Vanderbilt Commodores (+23)