College Football: Georgia vs Alabama SEC Championship betting preview

College Football: Georgia vs Alabama SEC Championship betting preview

It’s Championship football weekend and all eyes will surely be on the SEC Title Game as #1 Georgia takes on #8 Alabama on Saturday, December 2nd. This is the fourth meeting in the SEC Championship between the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide. Georgia is the defending champs of the conference and the entire nation after beating LSU and TCU last season, respectively. But, Bama has the most titles in this game with 10. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 PM EST at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which means Georgia does have the home advantage. They’ve also won two straight national championships. Kirby Smart’s squad is the team to beat heading into the College Football Playoff.

Quick Take

  • It’s Georgia vs Alabama in the SEC Championship on Saturday
  • The Bulldogs are the favorite here
  • Can they win it? Keep reading for the preview

Georgia coming in hot

Another year, another fantastic season for Georgia, who have truly become a college football powerhouse. They just went 12-0 in 2023 and had Carson Beck under center, who proved to be a fantastic replacement for Bulldogs legend Stetson Bennett. The quarterback completed over 72% of his passes for 3,495 yards and 22 touchdowns against only six interceptions.

Georgia has one of the best offenses in the nation, sitting ninth in total yards and eighth in points with 39.6. Their final two SEC games were ultimately blowouts, annihilating Ole Miss and Tennessee, comfortably covering the spread in both. With the exception of about three games this season, no one came close to Smart’s group.

Alabama will definitely be their toughest task yet, but they did beat the Tide in their last meeting in 2022 by a score of 33-18 in the National Championship. Georgia is a -230 favorite at Bodog for Saturday’s contest and should be a lock for the College Football Playoff, even if they do lose to Bama.

Revenge for Alabama?

The Crimson Tide had a quarterback conundrum earlier in the year but about midway through the season, Jalen Milroe emerged as the guy and we’ve seen why in past weeks. Milroe finished the regular season with 2,526 passing yards for a 66.4 completion percentage, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Milroe also ran for 439 yards on the ground. The signal-caller kept Bama’s CFP hopes alive in Week 13, throwing a deep bomb in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter that found Isaiah Bond in the endzone. That saved the Tide’s season.

Nick Saban’s team has won 10 games in a row since their Week 2 loss to the Texas Longhorns. Their most convincing wins of the year were against Chatanooga, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, and Mississippi State. Defensively, there’s a ton of future NFL stars but offensively, Bama only ranked 61st in total yards, 96th in passing yards, and 72nd in rushing yards. Alabama did score 35.8 points per contest, though.

Heading in as an underdog on Saturday at football betting sites, the Tide have actually won seven of the previous eight games against Georgia, which is certainly a good sign. They do have a concerning injury at the moment, however, with running back Jace McClellan sidelined. He finished the Iron Bowl in a walking boot. Missing him would definitely hurt.