The No.6 Georgia Bulldogs open their season tomorrow with what should be a walk over at Sanford Stadium. The MAC’s Buffalo Bulls will stand opposite the SEC East favorite on Saturday for an ESPN Gameplan pay-per-view battle (12:00pm ET start time). Buffalo at Georgia Odds have the Bulldogs listed as a -38 against the spread home favorite; the game total is set at 54.5 points.
Georgia enters this season, and tomorrow’s game, with big expectations, expectations forged in the afterglow of last year’s 10-4 finish, the school’s first double digit win season since 2008. Of course, 16 returning starters also plays into the hype presently surrounding the Bulldogs.
Tomorrow’s game will showcase, as much as a season opener can, whether or not the school is deserving of its lofty ranking. Georgia, under Mark Richt’s watch, has caved under the pressure of heavy expectations at times while occasionally showing some bite when few felt the school capable of competing against the SEC’s best.
However Georgia’s season ultimately turns out, the fact that it has a Heisman candidate under center in Aaron Murray (3149 pass yards, 35 touchdowns last season) and nine first teamers back from a defense that allowed just 20.6 points per game last season should lead to a Bulls massacre tomorrow afternoon.
The only thing, perhaps, working in Buffalo’s favor is the ‘look ahead’ factor. The Bulldogs open conference play at Missouri next weekend and they are probably bracing for the Tigers best shot as Mizzou looks to impress its new conference brethren by knocking off last year’s East winner.
Still, even with Missouri looming on the horizon, Georgia should mop the field with Buffalo, a program that has recorded just five wins over the last two seasons. The Bulls are 0-8 straight up and 3-5 against the spread in their last eight games against a BCS conference school (2008 to 2011), losing by an average of 21.9 points per game. There is zero reason to believe tomorrow’s result will differ from that unenviable track.
Free Pick: Georgia, which the betting public is backing at 87 percent against the number, is 9-1 straight up and 8-1-1 against the spread in its last 10 games as a home favorite with a game total of 54.5 or more points. Take the Bulldogs -38.
College Football Week 1: Buffalo at Georgia Odds
Buffalo Bulls +38 (-110), Over 54.5 (-110)
Georgia Bulldogs -38 (-105), Under 54.5 (-110)
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