No. 4 ranked Georgia (11-1) is set to face No. 1 ranked Alabama (12-0), its thirteenth opponent of the season, in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championship. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET with CBS televising the game. Alabama leads the all-time series 39-25-4 over Georgia. The Crimson Tide is coming off a 52-21 home win over Auburn. The Bulldogs are 32-8 under third-year head coach Kirby Smart, with a 19-6 record in conference play.
On Sunday, the line opened with Alabama seen as a 10.5-point favorite by VegasInsider. The line originally moved to Alabama being an 11-point favorite, but now has them as 10-point favorites. The over/under is set at 62. Three weeks ago, college football prognosticator Phil Steele announced, via his personal Twitter account, that Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has Alabama as a 13.5-point favorite over Georgia. Last year, Alabama opened as a 4-point favorite over Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship and won 26-23 in overtime.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said Saturday that revenge is not a necessary motivating factor when a spot in the CFB playoff is up for grabs.
“It’s not really about that for us,” Smart said. “The media will make it that way and everybody will make it about revenge. It’s not about that for us. It’s an SEC East championship team going against an SEC West championship team, playing in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. That’s what it is, obviously for a chance to continue on for somebody. Our team understands that. We’ve been on a do-or-die, playoff run since every game we’ve been playing. What’s the difference?
“Our guys know they’ve got to go out and play well, but I’m just focused on us right now. I’m worried about us getting better and preparing for the next opponent.”
Following the Week 13 slate of games, the Bulldogs are holding strong at No. 3 in the updated ESPN Football Power Index rankings.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 4 by the Associated Press and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll. Georgia entered the season ranked as the No. 3 team in the country behind only Alabama and Clemson. The Bulldogs are coming off a 13-2 season, winning the Southeastern Conference title and falling to Alabama in overtime of the College Football Playoff National Championship.
In the win over Georgia Tech, Jake Fromm completed 13-of-16 passes for 175 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, D’Andre Swift had 14 carries for 105 yards, his fourth 100-yard rushing outing in his last five games. The Bulldogs held the Yellow Jackets to 219 total yards, just 2.8 yards per run, and 128 rushing yards, well below their nation-leading 353.7 rushing yards per game average coming into the game. Senior Jonathan Ledbetter had a game-high nine tackles and five solo stops, including one of Georgia’s nine tackles for loss.
Georgia, meanwhile, had 447 yards in the win, including 285 rushing yards coming on 6.8 yards per attempt.