Georgia vs Auburn: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs attempts a pass during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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With the entire SEC watching, Georgia will have to play its next game through a lot of pressure.

The Bulldogs are one win away from being SEC East Champions for the second year in a row. To make things easier, the final conference matchup is against 2-7 Auburn.

However, the Tigers are more talented than their record indicates and will want to fight hard to avoid a winless conference season. 

Here is everything you need to know about what should be a hard-fought battle.


When: November 10 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

Watch: ESPN2

Listen: Georgia Radio Affiliates, Auburn Radio Affiliates

Live Stream: Watch ESPN


Spread: Georgia (-15.5) via Vegas Insider

There were times this season that Auburn showed it can be competitive. The team only lost to LSU by a score of 12-10.

Unfortunately, this same squad was also defeated by Texas A&M by a score of 63-21. 

By the same token, Georgia has been incredibly inconsistent on the road this season.

This is a line that should be avoided by serious gamblers.


Over/Under: 53 via Vegas Insider

None of Georgia's last four games have topped this over/under mark, and that includes a wide variety of opponents. In that span, the Bulldogs are averaging only 22.5 points per game. 

Even if the offense has a big day, the total score should still remain under 53 points. 


Injury Report (via USA Today)


G Chris Burnette (Shoulder) Questionable 

FB Merritt Hall (Ankle) Questionable 

LB Chase Vasser (Shoulder) Questionable 

DE Dexter Morant (Illness) Questionable 

WR Marlon Brown (Knee) Out for Season



DT Jeffrey Whitaker (Back) Probable

DB Erique Florence (Undisclosed) Questionable

LB Justin Garrett (Undisclosed) Questionable

DB Ryan Smith (Undisclosed) Questionable

OL Christian Westerman (Leg) Questionable

WR C.J. Uzomah (Hand) Doubtful 

CB Chris Davis (Concussion) Doubtful 


What's at Stake?

The pressure is all on Georgia. If the Bulldogs win this game, they win the SEC East and will play in the SEC Championship Game. 

A loss, however, ends their SEC season and forces the team to play only for bowl placement. 

Auburn might be playing just to keep Gene Chizik's job.


Key to Georgia Victory: Stay Focused 

Just because the Bulldogs have been successful to this point does not mean they will automatically cruise to victory. A couple of bad mistakes can cost this team the entire season.

This focus includes avoiding turnovers, keeping penalty numbers low and not allowing big plays on special teams. 

All three of these were a problem in the blowout loss to South Carolina, as well as the win over Florida. Every play matters and each player needs to make sure he does his job throughout the game.


Key to Auburn Victory: Pound the Run Game

Auburn is 112th in the nation in points scored per game, but it is capable of so much more with its talent at running back.

Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason are both averaging over 5.6 yards per carry for the season and have been consistent contributors all year long. In the most recent win over New Mexico State, the pair combined for 265 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

There is no denying that the Tigers are overmatched in this game. However, they have a chance to pull the upset if they run the ball early and often. This will help keep the offense on the field and put up points to keep this game close.


Prediction: Georgia 31, Auburn 17

Auburn will keep this game close for a while with the home crowd cheering on, but Georgia simply has too much talent to expect an upset.

Running back Todd Gurley should have a big game as he helps lead the team to a division title.


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