Georgia football opens season favored to blowout Vanderbilt in Nashville

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Georgia linebacker Monty Rice missed only two tackles last season according to Pro Football Focus, and this one against Vanderbilt tailback Ke’Shawn Vaughn may have been one of them. Vaughn is back, as is Rice for the Bulldogs.

ATHENS — Georgia football is a 24 1/2-point favorite over Vanderbilt in both team’s season-opening game in Nashville on Aug. 31, according to

The Bulldogs routed the Commodores last season 41-13 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

Georgia is universally projected as a top five team this season, while Vanderbilt is in a bit of a rebuilding mode.

The Commodores lost accomplished quarterback Kyle Shurmur off last season’s roster, along with four of the top five tacklers off the defense.

Vanderbilt has played Georgia as tough as anyone else in the SEC East Division of late, pulling off a 17-16 upset in Athens in 2016, and winning 31-27 in Nashville in 2013.

In other SEC season-opening games according to

Saturday, Aug. 24

Miami -8 over Florida (in Orlando)

Thursday, Aug. 29

Texas A&M – 34 1/2 over Texas State

Saturday, Aug. 31

Kentucky -13 over Toledo

Mississippi State -22 over UL-Lafayette

Memphis -6 over Ole Miss

Tennessee -26 over Georgia State

Alabama -30 1/2 over Duke (in Atlanta)

South Carolina – 7 1/2 over North Carolina

LSU -26 over Georgia Southern

Missouri – 15 over Wyoming

Auburn -2 over Oregon (in Arlington, Texas)

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