NCAA Football Week 6 Picks: Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, 10/4/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Georgia -33.5
Current Betting Line:  Georgia -33.5
Opening Total:  56.5
Current Total:  56.5
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The Georgia Bulldogs are one of the best offensive teams in the country
The Georgia Bulldogs are one of the best offensive teams in the country

Vanderbilt is 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS to start the season, which is important to consider when making your Week 6 NCAA football picks, especially since it has lost the statistical battle in all five of its contests.  The Commodores haven’t had much success at Samford Stadium, as they’ve gone 6-27 SU all-time when playing in Athens.  The program is undergoing a youth movement under first-year head coach Derek Mason, with a nation-leading 31 freshmen participants seeing the field through five games.  Vanderbilt is 5-10 SU and 9-6 ATS as underdogs since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The Commodores have lost the last two games in this Southeastern Conference rivalry by a combined 91-3 score, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA football odds page.  Vanderbilt will need a big game from featured running back Ralph Webb, who is the SEC’s top freshman rusher with 422 yards, while ranking behind just five players in the entire league in that statistical category.

Georgia continues a stretch of playing seven straight conference games, as it attempts to improve upon its 73-17-2 SU all-time record in Homecoming contests.  The Bulldogs high-octane offense has been difficult for opponents to slow down, as they rank eighth nationally in averaging 45.2 points per game, while sitting second among conference members in gaining 300.2 yards per game on the ground.  Mark Richt’s team has done a great job in creating opportunities, as it enters the week with a plus-four turnover margin, while Vanderbilt is minus-six in that category.  Georgia is 6-0 SU and 1-5 ATS as favorites of 31 or more points since 2012.

The Bulldogs have a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender in running back Todd Gurley, who has rushed for more than 100 yards 16 times in this career, while he leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in averaging 196.5 all-purpose yards per game.  Gurley is the main threat for opposing teams to stop, which allows signal-caller Hutson Mason time to deliver throws in the passing game—completing 69 percent of his passes for 566 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bulldogs due to the home team being 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in this series.

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