Oregon vs Georgia odds
By Thomas Schlarp
There is no zero ‘enter easily‘a title defense while the Georgia Bulldogs No. 3 begin their quest to be the first repeat champions in the College Football playoff era. Georgia’s title defense begins with a Chick-fil-A Kickoff match against the No. 11, a team with some familiar faces on the opposing sideline.
Dan Lanning, the newly minted Oregon coach and former Georgia defensive coordinator, takes his Oregon Ducks to Atlanta as a 17.5-point underdog. Joining him is Auburn quarterback Bo Nix, who is trying to achieve something he has never achieved in three years on the plains: Beat Georgia.
The polarizing quarterback is a combined 75 of 133 pass for 694 yards (231.3 yards per game) with one touchdown and two interceptions in three games against the Bulldogs.
The up-and-coming Heisman will have some familiarity with the Ducks attack: Nix’s offensive coordinator during his freshman season at Auburn, Kenny Dillingham, took up the same position on Lanning’s staff in Eugene.
Heavy is the head that bears the crown and Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart is no exception. He faces a daunting task as he attempts to replace a modern-day NFL record of 15 draft picks from the Bulldogs’ CFP national championship roster. This includes five first-round draft picks from the nation’s best defense.
But, while the youngsters can dominate the day in defense, senior quarterback Stetson Bennett returned to center to lead the Bulldogs’ attack. Helping the hero’s effort will be the nation’s best tight end duo: Brock Bowers and Arik Gilbert. That pair draws a challenging Week 1 assignment against future NFL first round Noah Sewell.
And this in reality the year for Nix, or will the reloaded defense of Georgia prove equally impenetrable? Our college football betting staff offers their consensus point spread and over / under picks for this week 1 match between college football playoff contenders.
Oregon vs Georgia Point Spread
By Kody Malstrom
The Oregon Ducks boast the best offensive line Georgia will face all season. Also, the Ducks vs. Bulldogs match could be the best trench fight we’ve seen this year.
Oregon has what it takes to limit Georgia’s greatest strength: the backfield pressure from the attack. Georgia replaces 15 selected players in the 2022 NFL Draft, but the team should pick up where they left off via the next man on the pitch in each position.
This season’s Bulldogs defense may not be last year’s historically outstanding defensive unit, but it’s still formidable. Oregon will have their hands full when they vie for the return of Bulldogs defenders Jalen CarterJavon Bullard, Nolan Smith and Kelee Ringo.
The Ducks offense is fortunate to have Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in the center thanks to his extensive previous experience battling SEC defenses. Nix also directly benefits from one of the best offensive lines in football. He has never beaten Georgia during his college career, but he has the best chance of doing so in the first week.
If Nix can limit the infamous stubborn comedies we all know and love, then he should keep Oregon within the number.
On the other side of the ball, the Ducks defense is healthy and revamped to limit the Bulldogs’ directing skills. Georgia has built its offensive identity on a conservative game plan that prioritizes creating runs and dump-offs for players in the position of skill to be created in the open field.
Noah Sewell’s Oregon Support Corps*Justin Flowe and Bradyn Swinson are ready and able to limit Georgia’s offensive success – specially if the Ducks’ defensive line performs above expectations.
The combination of Georgia’s playing style, deliberate timing, and Oregon’s defensive prowess gives Oregon plenty of cushioning to cover the 17.5-point spread.
Oregon vs Georgia Over / Under
By Patrizio Strollo
The Oregon Ducks schedule is in the midst of a rebuild as the team heads to Atlanta for what is effectively a home game for the Georgia Bulldogs. Almost as far away from home in the continental United States as possible, the Ducks will debut with a new manager and a new quarterback, each with deep SEC roots.
Oregon manager Dan Lanning has spent the past four years on the Kirby Smart staff and has served as a defensive coordinator for the past three years. Lanning will strive to instill the hallmarks of last season’s historic Georgia Bulldogs defense into the Ducks defense.
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix will be the Ducks’ Week 1 star, after skipping the transfer portal from Auburn and heading to the Pacific Northwest. Nix brings Eugene a myriad of important experiences, but the Ducks attack must regain its explosiveness: Oregon ended last season with only 10 plays from 40 yards or more.
It is unclear if all the pieces will be present outside the gates for the Ducks offense.
Georgia’s generational defense guided the team’s path to the CFP National Championship. Now, Georgia must reload after an NFL Draft record of five Bulldogs defenders were selected in the first round alone.
This isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Dawg, though. Last season’s vaunted defense only returned five starters, but led the nation in scoring defense, conceding 10.2 points per game.
The Bulldogs defense will have no problem reloading. Despite the personnel losses, Georgia still owns one of the deepest teams in the nation and has added the top five recruiting classes in each of the past five years.
The inside linebacker is an area of relative inexperience, but sophomores Jamon Dumas-Johnson and Smael Mondon, Jr. showed promising results last season and during the spring dance.
The Georgia offense seeks to quickly reassert its national championship form, but Stetson Bennett & Co. will face stiff resistance from the talented Oregon Ducks defense. Furthermore, Lanning’s intimate familiarity with the defending champions is a unique challenge Georgia must overcome.
While Georgia’s 2022-23 defense is not an all-time record team, this is still a very capable unit that will rank among the best in the country. Expect the Bulldogs to have a hard time rebuilding the attacking Ducks.
Since Kirby Smart took over as head football manager in 2016, Georgia have scored under in five of six opening openings. The only opener of the season to exceed the match total was Smart’s first ever game as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Play the under at 51.5 or higher.
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