The college football season concludes Monday night with the top two teams in the nation facing off in Indianapolis. The Alabama Crimson Tide are 2.5-point underdogs despite throttling the Georgia Bulldogs 41-24 in the SEC championship game a little over a month ago. There is one question looming on the minds of bettors contemplating which SEC powerhouse to back: Can Kirby Smart beat Nick Saban?
Saban is 4-0 against Smart and stands firmly as his final challenge on the path of bringing Georgia a national title. Despite my respect for Saban’s ability to dominate on the biggest stages, I am betting this is the year Smart overcomes his mentor and brings Georgia the trophy that has eluded the program since 1980.
If there was one thing we learned from the first game, Georgia needs to get pressure and disrupt Bryce Young. Alabama’s injury situation on the offensive line will make the task of keeping the Heisman Trophy winner clean even more difficult this time around. The offensive line had a remarkable performance in the SEC title game, but asking for a repeat against a historically talented defensive line is a bit too much. The Bulldogs’ defense will create more havoc and Georgia’s offense will perform much better without the pressure of having to come from behind.
You can bet Georgia -2.5 (-115) or -145 on the money line at BetMGM. As the line continues to move in Georgia’s direction, it’s only going to get more expensive to back the Bulldogs. This presents an opportunity for bettors to creatively utilize the wide range of bets available to get money on Georgia at better odds than the standard spread or moneyline bet provide. Here are three bets at +125 or greater that I think are solid wagers, considering Georgia’s anticipated path to victory. You can play these as standalone bets or add them with a small stake to…