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Georgia meets Auburn in a battle of Top 10 teams at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

Vegas projects Georgia football rivalry game with Auburn to be tight

ATHENS — Georgia football has opened as as 7-point favorite over Auburn in next Saturday’s Top 10 showdown at Sanford Stadium.

The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) kick off against the No. 7-ranked Tigers (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. between the hedges.

A sold-out Covid—limited crowd of some 23,000 on hand and a national ESPN television audience looking on.

Saturday’s game will mark the first time since 1936 the teams have met in the so-called “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry game outside of the month of November.

Georgia has won the past three meetings, dating back to Auburn’s regular-season win in 2017, which was the most recent time the teams met while both ranked in the Top 10.

The Bulldogs avenged the 2017 regular-season loss to the Tigers by beating Auburn in the SEC Championship Game en route to the College Football Playoffs and a Rose Bowl victory.

Georgia has won eight of the past 10 meetings and leads the series 60-56-8.

SEC football odds

No. 3 Florida (-22) at home vs. South Carolina, noon

No. 21 Tennessee (-10) at home vs. Missouri, noon

No. 2 Alabama (-17 1/2) at home vs. No. 13 Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m.

Kentucky (-7) at home vs. Ole Miss, 4 p.m.

LSU (-19 1/2) at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State (-17) at home vs. Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.

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