The casino’s sports book posted odds on its 2017 games of the year and Georgia makes the list five times. Unfortunately, the Dawgs are dogs in four of the five:
- UGA vs. ND (-3)
- UGA vs. UT (-1)
- UGA vs. UF (-1)
- UGA vs. Auburn (-10)
- UGA (-2.5) vs. GT
Granted, that’s four road games, plus the Cocktail Party, and the majority are close enough to qualify as tossups, but 1-4 is still 1-4.
That being said, given recent history, the Auburn spread looks too big, methinks.
Back to the chafing dishes, folks.
- The NCAA refused to let Ed Orgeron speak at a charity event because… education.
- Another day, another concussion lawsuit.
- Latest national title odds have Georgia at 25-1.
- Dan Wolken asks, “Why is Ole Miss going to these incredible lengths to protect Hugh Freeze?” It’s a fair question.
- Here’s al.com’s latest SEC hot seat ratings.
- Can you name the five college programs that have appeared in every AP preseason Top 25 poll since 2005? (I bet you can name the only one of those five that hasn’t played for a national title during that stretch.)
- The NBA commissioner is struggling with the one-and-done issue. Here’s an opinion piece that argues one-and-done hasn’t been that bad for colleges.
VegasInsider.com has spreads for the opening week here. The Dawgs are roughly a two-touchdown favorite against Appy State.
As for other conference teams, Florida and South Carolina are currently underdogs in their respective games against Michigan and NC State, Tennessee is a modest favorite over Georgia Tech and Alabama is minus-5.5 against FSU.
Meanwhile, the sports book at the South Point casino has announced lines for what it bills as 65 of the biggest games of the year. Georgia appears in three of those, per the linked article, all favored: Florida by three (!); South Carolina by fourteen; Georgia Tech by five. (Check out the Iron Bowl line, by the way. The betting public seems to think the Gus Bus is ready to roll this season.)
You can bet eight wins for Georgia and Florida, 7.5 for Tennessee.
My first reaction is “oh, bullshit”… but on reflection, I kind of get where they’re coming from. Fandom aside, which school of those three do you want to go out on a limb with today?
Speaking of which, it will be interesting to see how these totals change as the season approaches.
Yes, you’re reading this correctly.
Bovada has better odds for Georgia to win the national championship this season than Clemson.
Georgia is a 10-point home underdog to Auburn, the largest such margin in twenty years.
That’s the early Vegas line for the Cocktail Party. I don’t need to tell you who’s getting the points, do I?