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UGA is a 14.5-point favorite vs. Notre Dame.

3 things to know before betting UGA as a 14.5-point favorite vs. Notre Dame

Brandon Adams

Georgia football is one of the favorites to win the national championship this season, and many Bulldogs fans who are watching those odds are also watching the week-to-week point spreads as well. With that in mind, DawgNation is proud to share a brand new show — in partnership with R.S. Andrews — called Go With the Flow. It offers a chance to hear from some of your favorite DawgNation personalities as they share their thoughts on UGA, and the other big games each week around college football, and play along with R.S. Andrews’ Dari Payrow as he decides which picks he likes best.

3 things to know before betting UGA as a 14.5-point favorite vs. Notre Dame

UGA is 2-2 against the spread when favored by 14-19 points under Kirby Smart.

The consensus point spread for UGA-Notre Dame made a significant move late in the week — going from 14 points to 14.5. That might not seem like much, but sports books consider 14 to be a “key number.” That means a significant number of games end with a 14-point margin of victory. It takes a lot of confidence in the favorite to move off that point spread. Apparently that’s the case with the Bulldogs right now. However, since Kirby Smart became coach in 2016, UGA has gone 2-2 in games with similar odds. UGA covered a 17-point spread vs. Georgia Tech at the end of last season, but failed to cover a 14.5-point spread in its 43-29 win at Missouri last September. UGA covered a 17-point spread at Vanderbilt in 2017, but lost outright as a 14-point favorite vs. the Commodores in 2016.

UGA is 8-7 against the spread at home since the beginning of the 2017 season.

The Bulldogs have won 15-straight home games, but are just 8-7 against the spread in those same games.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is 2-3 against the spread vs. the SEC.

Both of the Fighting Irish’s SEC covers came vs. Notre Dame (in 2014 and 2018). Notre Dame failed to cover a 14-point spread in a 22-17 win vs. Vanderbilt last season, lost outright to UGA as a five-point favorite in 2017 and lost 42-14 as a 10-point underdog to Alabama in the 2012 national championship game. (Odds and trend data courtesy of OddsShark.)

Best of luck with your picks this week. For more information on UGA, and the top games of the weekend, check out DawgNation’s sports betting show, Go With the Flow, linked below.


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