We have a heavyweight matchup this Saturday in the realm of college football, as No. 2 Alabama will play host to No. 3 Georgia.
Forget SEC game of the year, this could very well be the CFB game of the year as both 3-0 teams are set to square off this Saturday at 6pm MDT and Denver Sports Betting is here to provide a preview for all the college football fans looking to take action on this epic showdown.
The Big Story Lines
What’s an epic showdown without one of the most successful college football coaches in the history of the game? Nick Saban testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday has made it so the Crimson Tide will have to battle the Bulldogs without their head coach this weekend, and in his place will have offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian take over the reins for Alabama. Do note, as news continues to trickle in, it appears that Saban has tested negative for COVID-19 this Friday afternoon and leaves the possibility of him being on the sidelines in play.
The other juicy matchup that has all college football fans watering at the mouth is the classic, #1 offense vs. the #1 defense in the country. It’s an intriguing matchup as Alabama has a couple nationally known players spearheading this Crimson Tide offense, players like Heismen hopeful Najee Harris and quarterback Mac Jones to be exact. On the other side of the SEC spectrum, Georgia’s defense has been stifling teams in their first 3 games this year and came off an impressive victory against Tennessee last week only surrendering 214 yards, including an insane -1 rushing yard(s) on the game.
Lines, Over/Under, Trends.
As of Friday afternoon, BetRivers Sportsbook has The Alabama Crimson Tide (-4.5) favorites over the Georgia Bulldogs (+4.5) and in the times that we live in, any amount of COVID news can greatly affect the impact on where those lines may move between now and game time Saturday night. Straight up money lines are (-200) for Alabama and (+145) for Georgia, the ever intriguing over/under is set at 57.5 points.
The public so far has 59% of the public bets going on the Crimson Tide as opposed 41% towards the Bulldogs per Action Network, and with more news of a possible Saban presence, expect that gap to grow.
Covers.com noteworthy trends:
- Under is 10-2 in Bulldogs last 12 games overall.
- Under is 9-1 in Bulldogs last 10 conference games.
- Bulldogs are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 conference games.
- Bulldogs are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games.
- Crimson Tide are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.