ATHENS — The fact Georgia football remains a good bet to dominate the SEC next season is a testament to the program Kirby Smart has built in Athens.
The Bulldogs, after undergoing one of the most extensive rebuilds in recent college football program history, have an 11.5 over/under win total for next season, per one online oddsmaker.
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“Just going through their schedule, they’re gigantic favorites in every game,” said Matt Lindeman, of @WynnBet. “I’ve got them as an 8-point favorite in every game.
“Mississippi State, on the road, is the one game I have single digits.”
The individual game odds have not yet been released, but the over/under book is live, per the Wynnbet.com website.
Georgia plays the SEC’s Maroon Bulldogs in Starkville on Nov. 12, the third game of a three-game stretch that also includes Florida (Oct. 29, Jacksonville) and Tennessee (Nov. 5, Athens).
“They have a lot to replace defensively,” Lindeman said on his social media post.
“That front seven was ridiculous, they replace a lot there, some guys that will be in the first round, and the defensive coordinator is headed to Oregon,” he said. “Probably won’t see much of a drop-off with Georgia, and honestly, the offense just has to score a little more. I’m sure they can do that.”
UGA sent a record 14 players to the NFL combine, and ESPN recently projected 14 players to be selected in the 2022 NFL Draft (April 28-30).
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Lindeman indicated it was hard to find two losses on the Bulldogs schedule, “unless Oregon ends up being significantly better.”
Georgia, Lindeman said, is “probably a two-touchdown favorite” in the Sept. 3 opening game with the Ducks in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Bulldogs completed their 13th practice on Tuesday leading up to the G-Day Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (TV: ESPN2).
• South Carolina: 6 wins (Over -150/Under +130)
• Missouri: 5 wins (Over +100/Under -120)
• Vanderbilt: 1.5 wins (Over -170/Under +150)