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Georgia hosts Missouri Saturday as a 17.5-point favorite.

3 things to know before betting UGA as a 17.5-point favorite vs. Missouri

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 17.5-point favorite vs. Missouri

Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant is expected to miss the game.

Reports surfaced Friday night that Bryant’s hamstring injury would prevent him from playing vs. Georgia. A backup quarterback hasn’t always meant success for UGA — including earlier this year when the Bulldogs lost to South Carolina with its third-string quarterback in the game at its conclusion. However, the drop off in experience and productivity from Bryant to his backup, Taylor Powell, is significant. Bryant has thrown 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Powell has only attempted 26 passes all season.

UGA is 0-3 against the spread in coach Kirby Smart’s three previous meetings vs. the Tigers.

The Bulldogs have won each of the last two meetings with Missouri by an average of 21 points. However, those results didn’t quite meet the betting market’s expectations. The Bulldogs won 43-29 on the road as a 14.5-point favorite last season, and 53-28 as a 28.5-point favorite in Athens in 2017. Smart’s first meeting against Missouri was a nail biter. The Bulldogs won 28-27 as a seven-point road favorite in 2016.

Missouri has failed to cover the spread in each of its last three games.

The Tigers have been a streaky team this season. Missouri has failed to cover three-consecutive games — including two losses straight up as a 9.5-point road favorite at Kentucky and a 21.5-point road favorite at Vanderbilt. Prior to that streak, Missouri covered and won outright in four-straight games as a response to a season-opening loss at Wyoming.

For more on UGA vs. Missouri, and a betting preview of the rest of the weekend’s top games, check out the latest edition of Go With The Flow — presented by R.S. Andrews — linked below.