Middle Tennessee vs. Georgia Total Pick
Georgia will likely improve to 3-0 on the season when it hosts Middle Tennessee at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday night. Will this Week 3 college football matchup also result in a win for under bettors?
7:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Bulldogs are 32.5-point favorites to beat the Bulldogs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 54 points. As of this writing, 79% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Bulldogs.
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee State redshirt freshman RB Chaton Mobley is listed as the starter for Saturday's game against Georgia. The freshman had 13 carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns during MTSU's 61-37 win over UT Martin on Saturday with Tavares Thomas and Maurice Gordon out. Mobley (6'1/245) is a jumbo north/south hammer back amid what is mostly a finesse offense around him.
Georgia sophomore T Andrew Thomas (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee. Thomas (6'5/320) required assistance to leave the field in the third quarter of Saturday's blowout of South Carolina. He has not practiced early in the week due to that injury concern. We should be able to pass along a more substantive update as to his availability for this weekend in the coming days, but it's not sounding great at this juncture. Should he be unable to man his customary left tackle spot along the line versus the Blue Raiders, true freshman Cade Mays -- who took over for him on Saturday following the injury -- would likely draw the start.
The under is 6-1 in the Blue Raiders’ last seven games played in September and 7-2 in their last nine games versus the SEC.
The under is 7-1 in the Bulldogs’ last eight games played in September and 16-6 in their last 22 home games.
This UGA defense is nasty, ranking ninth in points allowed (8.5) through two weeks, 11th in total yards (244.0) and 13th in rushing yards allowed (72.5). I don’t see how this Blue Raiders team scores enough to contribute to the over. They’re 102nd in the nation in rushing and 90th in total yards per game. Granted, their defense is going to get shredded by the Bulldogs but UGA could get a comfortable lead and then start pulling starters in the second half, making for a boring, low-scoring finish. I’m taking the under.
College Football Prediction: Middle Tennessee/Georgia under 54