This Saturday at 3:30 PM, the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs will face off in Sanford Stadium, where the winner will become the front-runner in the East Division and the team that will most likely make it to the SEC Championship Game.
Online college football betting sites have created lines for Tennessee vs. UGA that favor the Bulldogs by 8 points at home with an over/under of 66.5. There is no variance in the point spread and totals offered across the major sportsbooks that we endorse here at SBL.
Tennessee Volunteers @ Georgia Bulldogs
- Tennessee Point Spread: +8.0
- Tennessee Moneyline: +235
- Georgia Point Spread: -8.0
- Georgia Moneyline: -285
- Over/Under: 66.5
There are some differentials in the moneyline odds that can be exploited by line shopping for the best sportsbook payout. For instance, the above Tennessee and Georgia betting line has been posted at Bovada Sportsbook.
NCAA Football bettors that want to lay some action on a Tennessee win can gain an edge by line shopping at MyBookie, where they’re offering +240 odds. That means MyBookie will pay out at 5 more cents on the dollar than Bovada’s +235 moneyline.
Those that want to bet on the Bulldogs to win can earn the most coin by wagering at BetOnline and the -280 moneyline they have posted for Georgia. MyBookie went the other direction on UGA with -309 odds for the Bulldogs.
SEC – East
- Georgia 5-0 (8-0)
- Tennessee 4-0 (8-0)
- Kentucky 2-3 (5-3)
- Missouri 2-3 (4-4)
- South Carolina 2-3 (5-3)
- Florida 1-4 (4-4)
- Vanderbilt 0-4 (3-5)
SEC – West
- Alabama 4-1 (7-1)
- LSU 4-1 (6-2)
- Ole Miss 4-1 (8-1)
- Mississippi State 2-3 (5-3)
- Arkansas 2-3 (5-3)
- Auburn 1-4 (3-5)
- Texas A&M 1-4 (3-5)
The Volunteers have already hung a loss on the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, Alabama has the West locked up unless they lose to the LSU Tigers tomorrow. The Crimson Tide are favored to defeat the Tigers by a spread of -13.5, and if that proves accurate, Alabama will be one of the teams competing for the SEC Title on December 3rd.
The winner between Tennessee and Georgia will face the winner of the West for the SEC crown unless they suffer a total collapse and lose the remainder of their games.
If Georgia wins, Tennessee still has a chance to make it to the CFP if they win out and finish the season with a single loss to a top-ranked SEC program.
That creates a scenario where three SEC teams could find themselves in the College Football Playoffs. To further illustrate this point, legal online CFP sportsbooks and their futures odds are suggesting that exact outcome.
2022-2023 NCAA Football Championship Futures
- Georgia (#3) +200
- Ohio State (#2) +200
- Alabama (#6) +350
- Tennessee (#1) +800
- Clemson (#4) +1600
- Michigan (#5) +1600
The winner of the Big Ten will likely end up undefeated with a win over another highly-ranked, one-loss team. That will secure a CFP seed for the Big Ten champions, but that may leave the Clemson Tigers out in the cold come December’s end.
Clemson’s strength of schedule could cause the Tigers to finish the season undefeated and outside the College Football Playoffs bracket. The question the CFP Selection Committee will have to answer is, does an undefeated Clemson Tigers team deserve to be in the playoffs over a 1-loss SEC team that has a win over Alabama?
There is still a full month of college football to play before the final CFP rankings are revealed. Perhaps the Committee will get lucky, and everything will sort itself out. If not, fans and bettors alike will be calling for a playoff expansion once again.
Source – SEC Sports