Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#373 Georgia vs.
#374 Vanderbilt
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

No. 2 Georgia will be hoping to cruise to another comfortable victory when they travel to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have notched a pair of blowout wins since beating third-ranked Clemson to open the season. Vanderbilt is the worst team in the SEC and has lost two of its first three games.

Bulldogs eyeing another blowout in Nashville

Two teams have separated themselves from the pack in college football. Alabama is the favorite to win the title, but Georgia is not far behind. The Bulldogs opened the year with a win against No. 3 Clemson over Labor Day weekend. They have been on cruise control since then, beating UAB 56-7 and South Carolina 40-13. Georgia has only allowed one offensive touchdown through its first three games, making it the top-ranked defense in the country. Quarterback JT Daniels completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns against South Carolina last weekend.

The rushing attack was dominant, as Kendall Milton, James Cook and Zamir White combined for 184 yards on 31 carries—they averaged 5.9 yards per attempt. South Carolina was held out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, when it trailed 40-6. The Bulldogs had put most of their backups in the game by that point, so allowing that touchdown was certainly not an inditement of this defense. Backup quarterback Stetson Bennett played one series against South Carolina, throwing an interception and failing to complete a pass. Head coach Kirby Smart told reporters that both signal-callers could play on Saturday.

Vanderbilt without starting running back

Vanderbilt fans are not going to have high expectations for Saturday’s game. The Commodores were blown out in a 30-6 final the last time they hosted Georgia. They are not off to a promising start in 2021, which began with a 23-3 loss to FCS East Tennessee State. Vanderbilt did bounce back from that loss with its lone win, beating Colorado State in a 24-21 final on the road. The Commodores were no match for Stanford last week, dropping a 41-23 decision. Their defense gave up three passing touchdowns to Cardinal freshman quarterback Tanner McKee. Stanford was able to rack up 422 total yards, including 204 on the ground.

The Commodores are going to need a much better effort defensively on Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Ken Seals has completed 55.3% of his pass attempts for 553 yards. He has a 3-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Running back Re’Mahn Davis leads the team with 44 carries for 211 yards and a touchdown, but he suffered a season-ending injury against Stanford. Vanderbilt’s rushing attack is now left in the hands of Rocko Griffin, who has rushed 28 times for 131 yards. Third-stringer Patrick Smith only has four attempts this season, but he will now slide into the backup role. Wide receiver Chris Pierce Jr. leads the receivers with 14 catches for 181 yards and a score.

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Georgia has been dominant in its recent trips to Nashville, winning 13 of its last 14 meetings there by an average of 18 points. It has outscored Vanderbilt 75-20 in its two visits to the Music City under Smart. This is setting up to be the most lopsided result yet. Georgia has the best roster that it has had in this coaching tenure and its defense is shutting everyone down. Vanderbilt was already going to struggle on offense, especially with its starting running back out for the year. The Bulldogs could cover this spread in the first half, especially if they have a few explosive plays against a below-average defense. This is not going to be an enjoyable game for Vanderbilt fans.

Prediction: Georgia -35.5

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This total is too close to the spread for me to take anything but the over. Vanderbilt is probably scoring less than 10 points in this game, which are probably all going to come in garbage time. Georgia could crack 50 on its own, though. This is just not a good Vanderbilt roster. The Bulldogs are legitimate national title contenders and have already bulldozed several teams this year. Vanderbiltโ€™s running back depth is going to force Seals to throw the ball more, which is exactly what you want for an over. Either he hits on a few big plays, or the clock stops on incompletions.

Prediction: Over 53
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.