SEC Football Betting Preview: Auburn Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

No. 20 Auburn Tigers at No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, 11/12/11, 3:30 PM EST, TV:  CBS
Opening Point Spread:  Georgia -13
Current Betting Line:  Georgia -13
Opening Total:  62.5
Current Total:  63
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The Georgia Bulldogs are 13-point home favorites against the Auburn Tigers Saturday

Auburn has alternated wins and losses over the past five games, coming in off a 41-23 win over the Mississippi Rebels as 11-point home favorites.  The Tigers have actually lost three of four road games this year, getting outscored by a sizable 134-64 score in those contests.  It’s important to note that all three of those defeats came against teams currently ranked in the top 11 of the BCS standings.  The program leads this particular series, 54-52-8, including an 18-11 advantage when playing Athens.  Auburn is 16-7 ATS versus conference opponents over the last two-plus years.

The Tigers have won 12 of their last 14 conference games and will be looking to keep this game close, posting a 9-0 record in games decided by four points or less, including a 5-0 mark versus SEC foes.  Auburn will be sending sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley out for another start, after throwing for 160 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Mississippi on Oct. 29.  “I think for Clint, specifically, the bye week was invaluable,” commented Tigers head coach Gene Chizik.  “It’s good to come off a win and be able to build on some things.”

Georgia controls its own destiny in trying to reach the SEC Championship Game, heading into the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”.  The total points scored in the matchup reveals that only 38 points separate the two teams.  “Our guys feel awesome,” commented Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray about potentially playing in the conference championship.  Both teams are careful with the football, with the Bulldogs bringing in a plus-eight turnover margin, while the Tigers are plus-two in that category.  Georgia is 6-1 ATS as a favorite this year.

The Bulldogs have won seven consecutive games, matching the longest winning streak during a season in the Mark Richt era.  During the run, Georgia has outscored opponents by a 250-99 margin, holding opponents to just eight offensive touchdowns in that span.  The team is looking to win six conference games in a row in a season for the first time since 1982.  The Bulldogs have benefited greatly in quick starts, outscoring opponents by a 68-17 margin in the first quarter.

Bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 13-3 ATS mark in SEC play, while the Bulldogs are 3-9 ATS versus teams with a winning record.

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