Georgia vs. Auburn odds, spread: 2019 college football picks, top predictions from SEC expert on 16-5 run
Josh Nagel has his finger on the pulse of SEC football.
If the Georgia Bulldogs can extend their recent dominance of Auburn, they'll be headed back to the SEC title game. But the Tigers will be determined to reverse their fortunes in the series when they meet Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Georgia, which sits fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, has won four of the past five meetings with Auburn, including a 27-10 win last year. The Bulldogs will clinch the SEC East with a victory. But the teams have split the last two meetings and Auburn is undefeated at home this year. The No. 12 Tigers (7-2, 4-2) come in well-rested off a bye, while the Bulldogs shut out Missouri 27-0 last week. The Bulldogs are 3-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 43 in the latest Georgia vs. Auburn odds. Before locking in your Georgia vs. Auburn picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel, given his track record picking games involving these SEC teams.
A Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in collegiate athletics and was SportsLine's top college football analyst last year. He is in the midst of another strong season for SportsLine members, hitting on better than 60 percent of his college football picks against the spread. What's more, he has had a sharp eye for the trajectory of these SEC programs, posting a strong record of 16-5 on picks involving the Bulldogs or Tigers over the past two seasons.
Just last week, Nagel told SportsLine members to back favored Georgia (-17.5) against Missouri, reasoning that the Bulldogs' defense would prevent the underdog Tigers from beating the number. A late goal-line stand sealed the shutout and Nagel's followers picked up another winner. Anyone who has consistently followed him is way up.
Nagel has considered that Georgia's vertical passing game has been aided by the emergence of a receiving duo with contrasting skill sets. George Pickens is a highly-regarded freshman who is explosive and capable of making the spectacular play. He caught two touchdowns against Missouri, the second of which was acrobatic 18-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Graduate transfer Lawrence Cager has emerged as Jake Fromm's most trusted target. The senior has battled injuries that have caused him to miss one full game and parts of others, but he appears to come up big when it matters most. He had five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in a 23-17 win over Notre Dame and six grabs for 132 yards and a score against Florida.
Still, the Bulldogs are far from assured of covering the Georgia vs. Auburn spread against a squad that will play an instrumental role in determining the College Football Playoff field.
The Tigers already are responsible for the lone defeat of Pac-12 playoff contender Oregon and can do more damage with an upset of Auburn or Alabama in the final three weeks of the season. The Tigers also took undefeated LSU to the brink three weeks ago before falling 23-20 in Baton Rouge.
They feature a balanced offense that is anchored by a run game that averages 219.3 yards, ranking No. 19 nationally. Five players have at least 200 rushing yards, led by JaTarvious Whitlow, who has 553 yards and seven touchdowns. Their scoring defense (17.4 points per game) ranks third in the SEC.
We can tell you Nagel is leaning over, and he's also identified the critical x-factor that has him all over one side of the spread. He's only sharing it at SportsLine.
Who wins Auburn vs. Georgia? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Auburn vs. Georgia spread you should jump on Saturday, all from the seasoned SEC expert who has hit 76 percent of his spread picks on these teams, and find out.
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