2016 Georgia Bulldogs Betting Predictions
A lot of people who are into college football betting regularly are excited about the arrival of Kirby Smart on the University of Georgia campus as their new head coach. With Tennessee predicted by many to win the SEC East, this is one year when the spotlight of high expectations isn’t squarely on the Bulldogs — which means they could surprise some people.
Here’s a Quick Look at the 2016 Georgia Bulldogs Betting Predictions
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Georgia, not Tennessee, will win the SEC East
Remember last year, when Tennessee was up on Oklahoma late? Well, those Volunteers folded under the pressure, and they are likely to do it again. Georgia also has an easier SEC schedule than Tennessee, as their crossover games do not feature Alabama or LSU from the West. If Nick Chubb can be just as productive this year — and avoid the injury bug — the Bulldogs will run wild over the opposition. The Bulldogs also need to find a quarterback who can get the ball to the team’s solid wide receivers, but if both of these things happen, Georgia could be in that SEC title game instead of the Vols.
Jacob Eason will throw for a dozen touchdowns and 5,000 yards
Right now, the Bulldogs are still sorting out a three-way quarterback controversy that also includes Brice Ramsey and Greyson Lambert, but I like him to emerge from the fray, as he will show why people considered him the best pocket passer who graduated high school last year. He had a terrific spring game and could stand in the pocket and settle for the check-down instead of trying to force that pass.
Malkom Parrish will be an all-American cornerback
Dominick Sanders was the Bulldogs’ shutdown corner last year, as he tied for the SEC lead in picks. However, Parrish has gotten better in each of his two seasons, and last year he picked off 2 balls and made 36 tackles. I see him getting six or seven interceptions this year, as he will get the assignment of the opponent’s best wide receiver.
North Carolina will upset Georgia in Week 1
Yes, Georgia will have a terrific season, but their opening game features the Tar Heels — who almost beat Clemson in the ACC championship game and returns a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. UNC thought that the officials jobbed them late in that title game — and so they almost beat the team that almost won the national championship.
Georgia will beat Tennessee by 10 points
That’s right — SEC East favorite Tennessee. However, the Volunteers don’t have the rushing defense to withstand Nick Chubb, who will be more than motivated to come out and play.