Georgia @ Oklahoma State Game Breakdown and Prediction ATS

ctsports picksAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts after 24-28 loss against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

One of the biggest games of opening weekend is the ABC National Televised showdown between the Bulldogs and Cowboys. The game is at 3:30 PM EST and Oklahoma State is a -4.5 point favorite. This should be a classic matchup between the two power conferences Big 12 and SEC. Oklahoma State has one of the top offenses in the country against one of the best defenses from the Bulldogs.

Oklahoma State returns nearly every offensive player off a top 10 offensive unit from 2008. Last year they nearly averaged 500 yards per game good enough to finish 6th in the country. Dez Bryant is one of the top receivers in all of football and with a very dangerous Zac Robinson at QB they are so explosive. Don't forget they also return a 1500 yard rusher in Kendall Hunter.

Offense will not be the problem this year but the defense is another story. New defensive coordinator Bill Young will have his hands full trying to improve a defense that was downright horrible last year. The good news is they don't have to win games on defense but just have to slow down the other team and let the offense do the hard part.

The Georgia Bulldogs have one of the best returning defenses in college football for '09. They return 9 starter on defense and have depth at every position. This unit will carry the load in 2009 and they will only go as far as this defense carries them.

The Bulldogs on offense have some big shoes to fill. Losing two first round NFL draft picks: QB Matt Stafford and RB Knowshon Mareno. Not sure if you can believe the coaches from Georgia as many say they will not miss a beat on offense. That would be hard to believe. The good news is they return star WR AJ Green who is very explosive. Also a very good offensive line should help them control the line of scrimmage.

These two teams have faced off three times, all won by the Georgia Bulldogs.

Free Football Winner: Take Oklahoma State -5.5 and feel confident that the offense will be in full swing in week 1. Don't believe in Georgia's offense and can't imagine the can score 28 plus points. Which is how many it would take to cover the spread for Georgia.

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