Georgia will reach 13-0 for the first in program history with a win over Alabama in the SEC Championship, bettors at the BetMGM sportsbook are overwhelmingly predicting.
Prior to their win over Georgia Tech – and Alabama’s win over Auburn – in Week 13, the Bulldogs opened as a 4-point favorite over the Crimson Tide. After Week 13, Georgia moved to -6.5, which all but guaranteed the Tide will close as an underdog for the first time since 2015 and just the second time in the last 12 seasons.
Seven of their nine games as a dog under Nick Saban came in 2007 and 2008, Saban’s first two seasons as head coach:
|Dec. 3, 2015||at Georgia||+1.5||Alabama 38-10|
|Dec. 5, 2009||vs. Florida*||+4.5||Alabama 32-13|
|Dec. 6, 2008||vs. Florida*||+10||Florida 31-20|
|Sept. 27, 2008||at Georgia||+6.5||Alabama 41-30|
|Aug. 30, 2008||at Clemson||+4||Alabama 34-10|
|Nov. 24, 2007||at Auburn||+6||Auburn 17-10|
|Nov. 3, 2007||vs. LSU||+6.5||LSU 41-34|
|Oct. 20, 2007||vs. Tennessee||+1||Alabama 41-17|
|Sept. 29, 2007||at Florida State||+2.5||Florida State 21-14|
As of Friday morning, 94 percent of the spread handle was on Georgia, which would be their highest handle in a game this season – and Alabama’s 6-percent share would be its lowest ever under Saban. Despite the public pounding, the book hasn’t moved the number.
It’s currently one of four conference championships in which the spread hasn’t moved despite one team receiving at least 70 percent of the handle. The others:
Oklahoma State vs. Baylor
Spread: Oklahoma State -5.5
Handle: Oklahoma State 77%
Michigan vs. Iowa
Spread: Michigan -10.5
Handle: Michigan 72%
App State vs. Louisiana
Spread: App State -3
Handle: Louisiana 79%