ATHENS — Georgia football is a seven-touchdown favorite over FCS school Murray State in a 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Sanford Stadium, per Oddsshark.com.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) beat Vanderbilt (0-1) by a 30-6 count last Saturday, covering what was a 21-point spread. The Racers, from Murray, Ky., beat Pikeville College 59-20 last Thursday.
Murray State returned eight starters on offense, six on defense from last season’s team.
UGA beat Austin Peay in its home opener last season, 45-0, for its first home-opening shutout since defeating Clemson 30-0 in 2003.
Coach Kirby Smart made it clear on Monday Georgia has a hard week of practice ahead, eager to get better and compete regardless of the opponent.
“We have to improve in every area — there is not an area where we are like comfortable,” Smart said. “You can say ‘well, we scored the opening drive, are we comfortable there?’ No. We are not comfortable there. There are things we did not execute well.
“Blocking on the perimeter — we had some good blocks on the perimeter, we had some missed blocks on the perimeter. Tackling — we had some really good tackles and then we had some really terrible tackling.”
Saturday will be the second time Georgia has played host to Murray State, beating the Racers 49-0 in 1945.
Here are the lines on other games involving SEC teams on Saturday, per VegasInsider.com
Purdue minus-8 vs. Vanderbilt
Missouri -14 vs. West Virginia
Clemson -18 1/2 vs. Texas A&M
Alabama -54 vs. New Mexico State
Tennessee -3 vs. Brigham Young
LSU -4 1/2 at Texas
Ole Miss -7 vs. Arkansas
Kentucky -14 vs. Eastern Michigan
Auburn -19 1/2 vs. Tulane
Mississippi State -17 vs. Southern Miss
South Carolina -40 vs. Charleston Southern (OddsShark)