Oregon-Georgia: I’m Betting on a Close Game

Darren Perkins Editorials

I was taken slightly aback the other day after learning that the betting line on the Georgia-Oregon game has the Bulldogs (give or take) as 17-point favorites. Certainly, I understand Georgia being a solid favorite, as they are the defending national champions while also playing a de facto home game, but essentially predicting a blowout?

C’mon man!

Have the oddsmakers forgotten how last season a shorthanded Oregon team not only covered but defeated a 14.5-point favorite Ohio State team in the Buckeyes’ home stadium? And this game, while in Georgia, is not in the Bulldogs’ home stadium, which I believe does take some of the edge off of the home-field advantage.

The current line is a slap in the face for the Ducks. Oregon is a top-tier program with an enthusiastic young coach and plenty of talent. While the Ducks are not considered national title contenders, they will not be intimidated and the stage will not be too big, which is what the spread seems to imply.

Georgia, by all rights, should be the favorite — but do you agree with the spread? If not, what is a more reasonable spread? Or, are you a full-on Oregon homer and favoring the Ducks? Let’s hear it.

Darren Perkins
Spokane, WA
Top photo credit: Gary Breedlove

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