No. 6 ranked Georgia (8-1, 6-1) is set to face No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0) in the 2018 SEC Championship on Saturday, Dec. 1. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET with CBS televising the game. Alabama leads the all-time series against Georgia 39-25-4. The Crimson Tide are fresh off a 29-0 road win over LSU. The Bulldogs are 29-8 under third-year head coach Kirby Smart, with a 17-6 record in conference play.
On Saturday, college football prognosticator Phil Steele announced, via his personal Twitter account, that Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has Alabama as a 13.5-poind favorite over Georgia.
Against the nation’s top scoring defense, which had not given up more than 20 points this season, Georgia put up 34, rushing for 331 yards in the win.
They’ve always been good players, guys,” head coach Kirby Smart said, following the 34-17 win. “I’m not going to say they played better tonight because they played before. They had good, open holes, they ran hard, receivers blocked well. They continue to run hard, they’re confident in the group in front of them. I thought coach Chaney had a good plan against what was a really good defense. Teams struggle to score against them mainly because of their experience. They have veterans in the back end and they don’t make a lot of mistakes. So you’ve got to grind out points and knows we grind’em out. We grind out a lot of threes when we’re supposed to be scoring touchdowns.”
Georgia still faces games against Auburn, UMass, and Georgia Tech at home, but the Bulldogs will return to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second time, giving Smart a chance to win his second conference title in three seasons since taking over as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
“It’s huge,” Smart said. “It has not been easy. It’s never easy. People sometimes will be spoiled when you win. These are good programs, these are good teams. Give our kids a lot of credit. They’re backs were against the wall two weeks in a row. They came out fighting. They came out scratching and clawing. I thought the play by Mecole to start the punt return was a huge momentum play of the game. It set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Betting lines will likely have more eyes on them this season as the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey in the state’s challenge to the federal law that banned states from legalizing gambling on sporting events — with the exception of Nevada. The ruling that the law is unconstitutional, which came down to a 7-2 vote, sets the stage for states to start allowing gambling on sports. How that will be structured by each state remains to be seen, so we don’t know when or if the state of Georgia will follow suit.