The betting experts in Las Vegas have labeled No. 4-ranked Georgia as a 13-point favorite at home against Texas A&M. The ESPN College GameDay panel claimed the game will be much closer than the spread but that Georgia would win.
During the predictions segment that ended the show, it was a clean 4-0 sweep on the panel with analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso, along with guest picker Eddie George, all picking Georgia to win.
“I’m going with Georgia to win the game, but I think it’s going to be a little bit closer (than 13 points) between the weather and Jimbo Fisher getting the Aggies ready,” said Herbstreit.
George wasn’t too high on the Bulldogs offense, but he implied they would still be able to beat Texas A&M by two touchdowns.
“Georgia’s offense has been struggling the last couple of weeks, but I think they’ll find it,” the former Ohio State running back said. “Their defense has been playing outstanding. Georgia wins big.”
While the 2019 season is the eighth year for Texas A&M football in the SEC, the Aggies and Bulldogs will meet Saturday for the first time as conference opponents. These two programs last squared off in the 2009 Independence Bowl, where Georgia knocked off Texas A&M, 44-20.
In their last regular-season matchup, the Bulldogs defeated the Aggies, 42-0, in 1980. That contest was Herschel Walker’s first home game at Georgia.
Even though Georgia has won the last two matchups in the series, Texas A&M holds a 3-2 all-time edge against the Bulldogs.
The Georgia-Texas A&M matchup will kick off at 3:30 ET on CBS.