Auburn vs. Georgia Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds
Spread: Georgia -15
Game Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where To Watch: CBS
Auburn vs. Georgia Prediction
The Georgia Bulldogs are a freight train right now that isn't being stopped or slowed down by anybody. The Auburn Tigers will be the next team with the opportunity to try and step in front of this train that has been steamrolling over the competition all season long. Georgia gutted out a very hard-fought and tight victory in their season opener against Clemson, which was a heavily hyped showdown entering the season. Since that time, Georgia has outscored their last four opponents (UAB, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas) by a combined score of 195-20 with utter dominance on defense, allowing just 70.6 rushing yards per game at 2.4 yards per carry, 110 passing yards per game and only 180 total yards per game at 3.4 yards per play. Those are simply staggering, eyepopping defensive numbers for a Bulldogs squad that has clearly set themselves apart as the best defensive team in the country right now.
Auburn's offense struggled last season. While they have shown signs of progression and improvement in head coach Bryan Harsin's first season, the offense is still far from consistently moving the football and putting up points against the best defense in College Football. Auburn didn't really get all that much going early in the game against LSU as they were being shut out 13-0 in the 2nd Quarter, but quarterback Bo Nix got better as the game progressed and ended up with 255 passing yards along with 74 more on the ground and played a clean, mistake-free football game which isn't always the case for him and the Auburn defense allowed just two field goals the rest of the way to come back and win 24-19.
Auburn's offense has been a mixed bag. They have only faced one defense anywhere close to as good as Georgia's, and that was Penn State on the road a couple of weeks ago. The Tigers offense was surprisingly effective at times against a very strong Nittany Lions defense as Nix led them to 185 passing yards. In addition, they were able to run the football well averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 184 rushing yards. However, we also saw Auburn's bad on offense when they played Georgia State two weeks ago and struggled mightily. The Tigers were decent in the ground game, but Bo Nix had an awful game at quarterback with a less than 50% completion rate, and he would wind up being replaced by TJ Finley as they barely survived with a 34-24 win against the Panthers. It's been an uneven offensive performance from Auburn. That likely isn't going to cut it against a loaded Georgia defense that is stopping the run and unleashing a relentless pass rush averaging 3.6 sacks per game this season. That is potentially bad news for Auburn quarterback Bo Nix who often can be forced into making mistakes with the football under pressure.
Georgia isn't just winning games; they are obliterating teams. So you could argue that they are laying a premium here of more than two touchdowns on the road against a solid SEC squad. Still, I'm not in a rush to bet against Georgia at the moment, especially when looking back at the recent series history between the Bulldogs and Tigers. Georgia is 4-0 SU and ATS against Auburn in the last four meetings since 2017 winning those games by an average margin of 16.5 points per game. The Bulldogs are also 4-0 SU and ATS in games against FBS opponents this season. So it's Georgia or nothing for me in this game from a betting standpoint.
Auburn vs. Georgia Pick
Georgia -14.5 (-110)