College football odds: Vanderbilt at No. 5 Georgia
It could be a trap game on Saturday night for Georgia as the Dawgs could overlook Vanderbilt with Tennessee and South Carolina due up the following two weeks. UGA is still a 15-point favorite on WagerWeb.com.
Georgia (3-0) hasn’t scored less than 41 points in a game this season or won by less than three touchdowns. Last week, the Dawgs beat Florida Atlantic 50-26. QB Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns — two passing, two rushing. Murray completed 14 of 19, including a 67-yard touchdown to Michael Bennett and a 36-yarder to Arthur Lynch. Murray scored himself on a pair of 1-yard sneaks.
Both of Georgia’s freshmen running backs went over 100 yards on the ground. Todd Gurley ran for 111 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that finally turned the game into the expected rout. Keith Marshall had 104 yards and a TD. The Dawgs had a school-record 713 total yards, although the defense left something to be desired. Star linebacker Jarvis Jones sat to rest an injury but will play this week.
Vanderbilt hung close in losing its first two games to South Carolina and Northwestern but managed just 13 points in each. The Commodores busted out for 58 in a shutout win over FCS school Presbyterian on Saturday. Zac Stacy rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and Vandy started Austyn Carta-Samuels at quarterback in place of Jordan Rodgers, who had made nine consecutive starts since last season. Carta-Samuels, a transfer from Wyoming who sat out last season, completed 13 of 20 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.
Carta-Samuels will start this week. Rodgers has not had a bad start to the season, completing 30-of-56 attempts for 431 yards including two touchdowns and an interception while adding 43 yards on the ground.
Georgia leads the all-time series 52-18-2. The Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 17 meetings. Georgia edged the Commodores 33-28 last year in Nashville. Murray posted his second straight career-high day vs. Vanderbilt after going 22-for-38 for 326 yards. Leading 26-21, Murray connected with Marlon Brown for a 75-yard touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter to help distance the Bulldogs. The Commodores blocked a punt late in the game, but punter Drew Butler made a game-saving tackle to help seal the victory. On Vanderbilt’s last trip to Athens, Georgia shut out the Commodores 43-0 on homecoming in 2010. UGA coach Mark Richt is 10-1 against Vanderbilt.
WagerWeb.com trends: Commodores are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. Commodores are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Commodores are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.