College football is back for the 2019 season. There are so many storylines and possibilities with a new slate. Teams will look to write a new chapter in their record books.
With a clean slate for everyone, we are taking a detailed look at the matchups for week one. This article will analyze Saturday night’s SEC battle between the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs and the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Georgia Has A Chip On Its Shoulder
In 2018, Georgia seemed to have everything line up in its favor. It finished the regular season at 11-1, with its only loss coming against LSU.
This record put Georgia in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama. The Bulldogs fought hard but lost a close battle, 35-28. Then they went on to the Sugar Bowl, matched up against Texas and lost that contest 28-21.
With a sour taste in its mouth from the 2018 finish, Georgia will come into 2019 with a massive chip on its shoulder. They have National Championship aspirations and are equipped with all the tools necessary to make a run at the title.
Junior quarterback Jake Fromm had a fantastic season, finishing 2018 with 2,749 yards passing and 30 touchdowns with only six interceptions. As the center of the offense, he will look to make a leap this year.
D’Andre Swift led the Georgia backfield in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Expect to see a monster year from the junior while splitting his carries with senior running back Brian Herrien.
The run game and the defense define Georgia, as this year while likely put them in the mix for another top-four finish. They will come out Saturday night poised and ready to attack Vanderbilt in this SEC opener.
Uncertainty For The Commodores
Vanderbilt has found itself at the lower end of the SEC for the past couple of seasons. 2018 brought another losing record and a bowl loss for the Commodores.
2019 will be a chance to right the ship for Vanderbilt, but a tough home opener against one of the top teams in the country will certainly be a challenge.
Vanderbilt will be looking for a new starting quarterback this season, as Kyle Shurmur has moved on to the NFL.
A quarterback battle during the preseason saw Ball State graduate transfer Riley Neal splitting first-team snaps with junior Deuce Wallace. No starter has been named yet for Saturday night, and it is expected that the two will split snaps evenly.
While Vanderbilt struggled offensively in 2018, the Commodores are returning senior running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Vaughn carried the ball 157 times for 1,244 yards and 12 touchdowns and will look to lead the backfield for the Commodores.
Jamauri Wakefield, a junior, might also see some action at running back, as he carried the ball 78 times for 353 yards and two touchdowns in 2018.
Georgia Rolls Over Vanderbilt
The writing is on the wall for this matchup. Georgia is favored by 22.5 points and the moneyline has Georgia at -2,000. The over/under for this game is set at 58.5.
While it would be nice to root for the home-team underdog, there is just no way Georgia does not come out and take care of business. Expect the Georgia offense to dominate the line of scrimmage and score in the 40s or 50s. With that being said, I would also take the over on the point total due to Georgia running all over Vanderbilt.
Lock in your bets on Georgia, and get used to it in 2019, because Georgia is coming with a vengeance this season. Happy college football opening weekend!
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