NCAAF Betting: Arkansas Razorbacks at Georgia Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 29, 2021 in

Arkansas is probably the most surprising team of the 2021 college football season, defeating a pair of top 15 opponents after getting picked by most “experts” to finish at the bottom of the SEC West.

The 8th ranked 4-0 Razorbacks dismantled then 15th ranked Texas 40-21 in Week 2 and last week dominated seventh rated Texas A&M 20-10, outgaining the Aggies 448 to 272 in the process.

The host 4-0 Bulldogs have the best defense in the nation, giving up just 185 yards and 5.8 points per game in their four wins, most notably a 10-3 victory over Clemson in their season opener in Charlotte.

In their last two contests, Georgia has beaten South Carolina 40-13 and Vanderbilt 62-0, but neither of those teams has the kind of defensive power that Arkansas has exhibited so far in 2021. It’s time we take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this match so you can bet against their NCAAF odds.

NCAA Football – #16 Arkansas Razorbacks vs #2 Georgia Bulldogs Preview

Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Preview

The Razorbacks have far exceeded expectations for the season behind dual-threat quarterback KJ Jefferson and a defense led by lineman Tre’ Williams with four sacks, safety Jalen Catalon who has two interceptions, and linebacker Bumper Pool with a team-leading 38 tackles.

Second-year head coach Sam Pittman has turned around the program that lost 20 consecutive conference games from 2017 to 2020, and last week’s win over Texas A&M legitimizes the Razorbacks as a serious contender in the SEC West.

Although Georgia’s defense gets most of the attention heading into this contest, Arkansas also has a strong unit that is ranked 12th in the nation and whose performances have come against a much more difficult schedule than the Bulldogs’.

The Razorbacks are swarming to the ball and making it very difficult for opposing quarterbacks to find time to throw the ball due to a relentless pass rush.

Georgia Bulldogs Betting Preview

The second-ranked Bulldogs clearly deserve their position in the polls and could probably make a case for the top spot, with the top-rated defense and 12th best offense in the country outscoring opponents by an average of 36 points a game.

They have two quality quarterbacks, with starter JT Daniels leading the way but capably backed up by Stetson Bennett.

There don’t seem to be any glaring weaknesses for the Bulldogs, but against Clemson in the opener, they failed to score an offensive touchdown, with Daniels limited to 135 passing yards by the stingy Tiger defense.

Against Arkansas, they’ll need to show they can throw against one of the toughest secondaries in the SEC.

Arkansas vs Georgia Betting Line and Odds

Apparently, the wagering community isn’t buying into the resurgent Razorbacks, with Georgia at -18 at MyBookie with both sides of the bet paying -110.

Arkansas vs Georgia Game Preview

Georgia won last year’s opener 37-10 in Pittman’s debut at Arkansas after serving as the offensive line coach for the Bulldogs under head coach Kirby Smart.

A much improved Razorback team will be on the field at Sanford Stadium and will post offensive challenges the Bulldogs haven’t faced in 2021, making that point spread look extremely long considering the potential defensive nature this game will likely take on.

Prediction: Georgia 24 Arkansas 14

Pick: Take the points, bet on Arkansas to cover, and don’t be surprised if the Hogs pull the upset of the year.