Of the teams in the major college football conferences, I’m most bullish on the chances of the Georgia Bulldogs in the coming season.
There are several ways to back Georgia, which brings back nine starters from a defense that was rated No. 5 overall in the nation last year, in Las Vegas sportsbooks.
Georgia belongs to a group of teams that sits just outside the heaviest favorites in college football to win the 2013 BCS national title game set for Jan. 7 in Miami. To wit, USC stands as a 7/2 favorite to win the title, followed by Alabama (5/1), LSU (6/1), Oklahoma and Oregon (each 8/1), according to LVH sportsbook odds. As always, odds can and do change frequently.
At 15/1, Georgia is right behind those powerhouses along with Florida State (10/1).
A better way to play the Bulldogs could be to bet them to win the Southeastern Conference championship game set for Dec. 1 in Atlanta. Georgia was installed as a 5/1 selection to win the SEC, according to odds at all William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada.
That’s an attractive price compared with the line of +190 on Alabama and +200 on LSU to win the conference championship. Consider that Alabama and LSU will have to battle it out for supremacy in the SEC West. Georgia, 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference a year ago, has a relatively easy path in the SEC East.
The Bulldogs have a favorable schedule, particularly at home, and do not have to meet either Alabama or LSU (at least until the title game).
One of their toughest games could come Oct. 27 against Florida at Jacksonville. Georgia opened as a 1-point favorite in that game on the early line in Las Vegas.