Odds set for three of Georgia’s biggest games next year

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Odds set for three of Georgia’s biggest games next year

Kirby Smart – SEC Championship 2019 – Georgia vs. LSU 2019 – Postgame – December 07, 2019

By many, the Georgia Bulldogs are ranked in the top five on many experts’ way-too-early Top-25 for the upcoming 2020 college football season.

Next year, Georgia opens its season against Virginia on Labor Day and will play their first three regular-season games in 12 days, which is unheard of.

On Sept. 19, the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in a predicted top-five matchup. This game has the potential to be one of the biggest games of the 2020 season, and an early line has been set by FoxBet.

FoxBet has Alabama as a 4.5-point home favorite over the Bulldogs. Georgia was only an underdog in one game last year, and that’s when LSU was a seven-point favorite going into the SEC Championship game this past Dec. Kirby Smart‘s squad would go on to lose that game to eventual national champions, 37-10.

When the two teams face off against each other in week three, it will be Georgia’s first trip to Tuscaloosa since 2007. Strangely enough, that is the last time UGA beat Alabama. The game came down to overtime when current Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Mikey Henderson as Georgia won, 26-23.

Since 2007, the two programs have competed against one another five times, two times in the SEC Championship and once in the National Championship, which also includes two regular-season games. Alabama has won all five matchups with three gut-wrenching losses for the Bulldogs, and two regular-season blowouts, both at Sanford Stadium.

This upcoming year, both teams will be featuring starting quarterbacks. Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman is expected to start for UGA, and Mac Jones could take over for Tua Tuagovailoa. Jones plays exceptionally well in Tuagovailoa’s absence last year, but he’ll have to fight off Bryce Young for the starting position. Big-time playmakers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs left early for the NFL Draft, but Devonta, a former UGA commit, and Jaylen Johnson might cause Georgia’s secondary some trouble.

The Bulldogs are likely to have two more top-10 matchups as they take on Auburn at home on Oct. 10, and Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 31. FoxBet has the Bulldogs an early 3.5-point favorite over the Tigers and a two-point favorite over the Gators.

It will be interesting to see how these matchups play out as the season goes along, and all lines are subject to change.

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