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3 things to know before betting UGA as a 3-touchdown favorite vs. Vanderbilt

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 3-touchdown favorite vs. Vanderbilt

Georgia is a sizable favorite on the road to start the season at Vanderbilt Saturday. The Bulldogs have hovered around -21 for most of the week, and that number could climb by game time. Is it a smart bet? Many UGA fans think so. Are they saying that because it’s true, or because they’re too excited to have the season back?

Let’s take a look. Here are three things to consider before putting your money behind UGA on Saturday.

UGA is 2-1 against the spread in season openers under coach Kirby Smart.

UGA barely failed to cover the spread as a 46-point favorite vs. Austin Peay last season (UGA won 45-0). Yet it easily covered the two prior season openers — winning 31-10 as a 13-point favorite vs. Appalachian State in 2017 and it beat North Carolina 33-24 as a 3.5-point favorite in 2016.

Dating back to 1995, UGA is 11-1 at Vanderbilt. However, the Bulldogs are just 7-5 against the spread.

The big caveat here is only one of these games involved Smart as head coach. The Bulldogs covered the spread in his only trip to Nashville in 2017 — winning 45-14 as a 17-point favorite. However, prior to Smart’s arrival, UGA had failed to cover in its last three games at Vanderbilt, and four of its last five — including a straight-up loss in 2013.

Smart has gone 7-4 vs. the spread as a road favorite.

UGA was 2-2 against the spread as a road favorite last season — covering at South Carolina and Kentucky, and failing to do so at Missouri and LSU. In 2017, the Bulldogs were 3-1 as a road favorite — only failing to cover in a loss to Auburn. UGA was 2-1 as a road favorite in 2016 (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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