While the recent shakeup in the SEC West is stealing all of the headlines, its a perfect time for you to look for a NCAAF Sportsbook for the highly anticpated Georgia Vs. Missouri SEC betting matchup. Both one-loss teams will look to build on their respective wins the last time out, but only one will cover the spread. The loser will not be eliminated from Bowl contention, it’s hard to dispute the advantage the winner will hold in the already crowded division standings.
No. 10 Georgia at No. 24 Missouri
When: Sat, Oct. 11
Where: Faurot Field
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Spread: Georgia -3
Georgia (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) has won three straight and enters this matchup coming off an emphatic 44-17 blowout of Vanderbilt in Week 6, though the Bulldogs failed to cover the spread as a huge, 33-point home favorite to fall to 0-2 ATS over their last two games.
Bulldogs’ Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley rushed the ball 25 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns while tossing a wobbly 50-yard touchdown pass for good measure.
“We have a saying at Georgia, spirals are optional — if you hit your target,” head coach Mark Richt said with a smile.
Senior signal-caller Hutson Mason completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards and threw two touchdown passes to wideout Chris Conley in the win.
Georgia is ranked 13th in the nation in rushing (288.8 ypg) and sixth in the nation in scoring (45.0)
“We feel great about what we’re doing,” said Conley who leads the team with 200 receiving yards. “We feel good that we’re getting better each week. In order to get back (to the SEC championship game) we have to get better each week and that starts in practice.”
Still, the Bulldogs have lost five of their last nine road games and are an identical 2-7 SU in their last nine road dates against nationally ranked opponents, including four straight losses.
Missouri (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) will be well-rested after getting a bye in Week 6 following their thrilling 21-20 last second win over South Carolinas as a 6.5-point road dog in Week 5.
The Tigers average 34.6 points per game offensively (43rd) and have a solid defense that ranks 67th or higher in every meaningful statistical category, including points allowed (20.6 ppg, 33rd).
Senior defensive end Markus Golden compared Gurley to former Alabama Crimson Tide and current Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.
“We just have to tackle him,” Golden said. “You have to get out there and be fundamentally sound and play team defense and run to the ball.”
Senior quarterback Maty Mauk is completing a tepid 56.0 percent of his passes this season, though he has tossed 14 touchdown passes and just four interceptions.
Junior halfback Russell Hansbrough is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and fueled the Tigers’ comeback win over South Carolina two weeks ago by scoring two of his three touchdowns in the game’s final 6:49 to help the Tigers complete the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.
“These are games that change a football team,” head coach Gary Pinkel said.
While I believe the Georgia Bulldogs are the slightly better offensive team in this contest, the Missouri Tigers are the slightly better defensive team and it is that defense that I believe will contain Georgia’s Todd Gurley and lead them to the narrow home win in this interesting SEC showdown.
Georgia has compiled a bunch of dismal ATS trends that only fuel my belief that Missouri will win outright to cover the spread.
The Bulldogs are just 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall, a pitiful 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games and last but not least, an equally discouraging 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
Missouri, on the other hand, is 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and a consistent 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.
I like Mizzou for the ‘upset’ home win and accompanying ATS cover.
My Pick: Missouri +3 Points