Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Date and Time: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12 p.m. ET
Location: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
Opening College Football Odds: Georgia -14
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt TV Coverage: ESPN
If we had to guess, this Vanderbilt team will be remembered as one that was respectable this season. We'd bet the Commodores still end up in a bowl game after their 3-0 start in spite of the fact that this likely-soon-to-be three-game losing streak could be seen from a mile away when it started.
The fact of the matter is that the Commodores just flat out aren't ready for this moment in the SEC. There's no shame in losing by 59 points to Alabama, and the fact that the team even managed to put 24 points on the board in Gainesville against the Florida defense should be encouraging.
What's the ceiling against Georgia? It's a winnable game, but it feels like this would be a colossal upset if it was to happen.
The Bulldogs have cracked the top five in the land, though they still don't seem to be getting the respect of a National Championship contender. Georgia really hasn't played much in the way of close games this season outside of a 20-19 escape from Notre Dame, and that's why the men voting in the polls are starting to really take notice.
Why else should you be focusing in on UGA? The SEC East is going to probably come down to the game against Florida, and if the Bulldogs can win that one, the only game that should be a problem until the SEC Championship Game is a roadie at Auburn on November 11. This team screams 11-1 right now heading into Atlanta, and that's surely going to be good enough to be playing in a de facto "national quarterfinal" against most likely Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
Matchup to Watch
Kirby Smart doesn't seem like he's going to be tipping his hand this week regarding his quarterback battle.
At the start of the season, Jacob Eason was a legitimate threat to win the Heisman Trophy. He was coming off of an up-and-down freshman season in which he showed enough to catch NFL scouts' eyes.
Yet just a few passes into the year, down Eason went with a knee injury. Most assumed that Jake Fromm was going to walk into the job and ultimately give it back to Eason when he was healthy. Instead, Fromm has completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 734 yards and eight touchdowns while rallying the team to a 5-0 start.
At some point, the choice of a quarterback becomes more about the hot hand and less about how recruiting went. Either way, there's going to be one tremendously disappointed quarterback at the end of this decision that Smart has to make.
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt Free Picks
This Georgia defense has been out of this world this year. The Bulldogs were absolutely impenetrable against Tennessee last week in a 41-0 shutout, and they haven't allowed a touchdown since the fourth quarter of the game against Samford.
Though we think Vanderbilt is going to be able to hang in there against the Georgia offense, Kyle Shumur and this passing game have struggled too much in recent weeks to be counted upon.
We just can't get to the point of being willing to play into one of the most public plays at every single college football sportsbook.
Georgia has gone from -14 all the way up to -17.5. No matter how well the Dawgs are playing, we just don't believe in laying more than two touchdowns on a non-Alabama team on the road in conference play against a team that is probably going to end up in a bowl game. It's too many points.
College Football ATS Pick: Vanderbilt +14 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 17