There's a case to be made for the Georgia Bulldogs as the best team in the country, despite sitting second in the nation. The rabid Bulldogs have allowed just 4.5 points per game while posting 41 of their own.
Those Bulldogs will be tested on Saturday against an Auburn team playing good football and fresh off a great win of its own.
Find out if we like the Tigers to stick around with our free college football betting picks and predictions for Georgia vs. Auburn on October 9.
Georgia vs Auburn odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
Georgia opened as a 10-point road favorite against Auburn. After last week’s dominance versus Arkansas, the Bulldogs have now moved to a 15-point fave with a couple of sportsbooks going up to -15.5. Despite both teams playing terrific defense, the total has jumped from 44.5 to 46.5. Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until kickoff and be sure to check out the full college football odds before placing your bets.
Georgia vs Auburn picks
Picks made on 10/6/2021 at 12:55 p.m. ET.
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Georgia vs Auburn game info
• Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
• Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
• Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
• TV: CBS
Georgia vs Auburn betting preview
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Georgia: JT Daniels QB (Questionable), Rian Davis LB (Questionable), Jalen Kimber CB (Questionable), George Pickens WR (Questionable), Julian Rochester DL (Questionable), Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint WR (Questionable), Arian Smith WR (Questionable), Tykee Smith DB (Questionable).
Auburn: Owen Pappoe LB (Questionable), Zykeivous Walker DT (Questionable).
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Betting trend to know
The Under is 4-0 in the last four head-to-head meetings. Find more NCAA betting trends for Georgia vs. Auburn.
Georgia vs Auburn predictions
Georgia -15.5 (-110)
It’s unclear if quarterback JT Daniels will start for the Bulldogs this week, but they should dominate regardless. Stetson Bennett led Georgia to a 37-0 victory against Arkansas last week and has plenty of experience to lead this team while Daniels recovers from his lat injury.
Georgia, behind Daniels and Bennett, is putting up 41 points per game along with 432.6 yards. In most games, one touchdown would’ve been enough thanks to a defense that's allowing just 177.8 yards per game through five contests. While Georgia’s defense is as elite as you can get, things get a bit tricky when you have to face Bo Nix of Auburn.
Nix was benched a couple of weeks ago for not performing against Georgia State and again last week after missing one series due to poor play, but he then turned it up a notch and ran through LSU's defense, which struggled to tackle him to the ground. He went on to lead Auburn to a comeback win and has the Tigers at 4-1 on the season and ranked No. 18, per the AP.
Nix will be hard to stop if he's able to escape pressure, even for this top-level Georgia defense, which continues to tackle well and limit the run game.
Auburn is averaging nearly 500 yards of offense behind Nix, who has thrown for six touchdowns and no interceptions. The big thing for Auburn is finishing drives and that’s going to be extremely hard with an offensive line that continues to struggle in both the pass protection and run block portion of the game.
Georgia might have issues running the football against Auburn, but the offense will do more than enough to get the win while the defense ultimately does enough to contain Nix.
Under 46.5 (-110)
Auburn might be the best offense Georgia has faced all year but that won’t stop me from taking the Under as the Bulldogs have allowed under 200 yards of offense per game.
I know Nix looked fantastic last week, running around the LSU defense to make big plays, but I just don’t see that happening against Georgia. And keep in mind, Nix has been benched for TJ Finley, who has no mobility whatsoever. Both of them could be seeing the ground consistently in this one.
On the other hand, Auburn has actually been quietly good on defense this season. Last week, the Tigers made some big halftime adjustments and kept LSU out of the end zone in the second half.
Despite some big offensive weapons, I trust both of these defenses more and am siding with the Under, which has cashed in each of their last four head-to-head meetings. The Under is also 7-1 in Auburn's last eight conference games.
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