SEC on CBS odds, line: Picks, predictions for Georgia vs. Alabama following Nick Saban coronavirus news
One of the most important games of the 2020 college football season takes place Saturday when the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (3-0) travel to face the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0). Kickoff for this SEC on CBS showcase from Bryant-Denny Stadium is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The programs have combined for six consecutive SEC title game appearances and each has had a streak of three straight appearances in the past decade. Nick Saban won’t be on the sideline after a positive COVID-19 test during the week. He has been able to help lead preparations virtually, but offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be the top-ranking coach on the Alabama sideline on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide opened at -6.5 in the Georgia vs. Alabama odds from William Hill, but that line has dropped to -4.5 following the Saban news. The over-under for total points is down to 57 after opening at 59. Before making any Alabama vs. Georgia picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
When it comes to college football, there are few who deserve the “expert” tag quite like Sallee. The CBS Sports writer and analyst hosts shows on SiriusXM College, writes for CBSSports.com and appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ as well as countless radio shows across the nation as a guest.
Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way, posting a winning record in his weekly best bets column since that point. He went 59-35-2 (63 percent, plus $2,037) on all his college football picks for SportsLine in 2019, and he also enters Week 6 of the 2020 college football season on a 50-30 streak on his best bets since the start of last year.
Moreover, he has had a sharp eye for the trajectories of these programs. Over the past two seasons, Sallee is a sizzling 8-2 with his against-the-spread picks involving Alabama or Georgia. This record includes telling SportsLine members to back Ole Miss (+24) as a home underdog last week against the Crimson Tide, resulting in another no-doubt winner. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
- Georgia vs. Alabama spread: Alabama -4.5
- Georgia vs. Alabama over-under: 57 points
- Georgia vs. Alabama money line: Alabama -180, Georgia +170
- UGA: The Bulldogs are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog.
- ALA: The Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a home favorite.
Why Alabama can cover
The Tide have shown an explosive and varied offense, with their 560.3 points per game ranking third nationally. They piled up an astounding 723 yards of offense against Ole Miss, scoring a touchdown on every possession with the exception of one in the first quarter that resulted in a turnover at the goal line.
Senior running back Najee Harris pounded out 206 yards on 23 carries with five touchdowns for a rushing attack that totaled 306 yards. Quarterback Mac Jones helped his Heisman candidacy by going 28-for-32 for 417 yards with two scores against zero interceptions. The Tide’s normally stout defense allowed 647 yards to Ole Miss, but came up with a pair of fourth-quarter stops to put the game out of reach.
Why Georgia can cover
Even so, they will need a better performance to defeat a Georgia club that appears destined to again be near the top of college football in total defense. The Bulldogs have allowed 37 combined points through three games, 11 fewer than Alabama allowed just last week. They had their own struggles against the upstart Volunteers, allowing a couple explosive plays in the first half.
But they held Tennessee scoreless on eight second-half possessions, forcing three turnovers to go along with three punts and two stops on downs. Monty Rice forced a sack-fumble and returned it 20 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal the outcome.
How to make Georgia vs. Alabama picks
Sallee is leaning under on the total, and he’s also found a critical x-factor he believes makes one side of the spread a must-back. Head to SportsLine to see the pick.
So who wins Georgia vs. Alabama? And which critical x-factor has Sallee jumping all over one side of the spread? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Alabama vs. Georgia spread to jump on Saturday, all from the expert who’s on an 8-2 spread run picking games involving the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, and find out.
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