Great news for college football bettors as MACtion begins this week – that is, early-week games from the Mid-American Conference. Here, however, are two top college football games to parlay from Saturday.
Missouri vs. No. 1 Georgia (-38)
It’s a noon kickoff on ESPN from the SEC. Obviously, there’s no question Georgia will win this game but will the Dawgs cover? I tend to think not as a bit of a trap game off beating rival Florida this past Saturday, 34-7. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett finished 10-for-19 for 161 yards and one touchdown, while tailback Zamir White tallied a season-high 105 yards on 14 carries. It was the first 100-yard game by a Georgia back this season.
No. 1 Georgia, which came in leading the nation in scoring defense (6.6 points per game), held UF scoreless until 2:49 left in the game. It was the lowest point total by Florida in the Dan Mullen era. UF came in averaging 34.4 points a game. Saturday was the fifth time this season that the Bulldog defense has blanked a team in the first half.
Georgia now has allowed just five TDs this year and 53 points (6.6 ppg). The 53 points through eight games is the lowest in a season at this point since 1971 (46 points).
Missouri improved to 4-4 with a 37-28 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday. Tyler Badie rushed 31 times for a career-high 254 yards and two touchdowns, and Keke Chism caught a 45-yard “Hail Mary” touchdown pass from Connor Bazelak on the last play of the first half.
Harrison Mevis netted three field-goals from 46, 32, and 52 yards, extending his consecutive field goal streak to 19. Mevis stayed perfect on PATs, going 3-for-3 on the day, improving to 34-for-34 on the season.
Last year, Georgia won 49-14 at Missouri. JT Daniels finished 16-for-27 passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns for the Dawgs – not clear if Daniels will return from injury yet this week and receiver George Pickens hauled in five receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns. White had 126 yards rushing on 12 carries with a touchdown. Freshman tailback Daijun Edwards also amassed a career-high 103 yards rushing and a touchdown. UGA totaled 615 yards.
- Tigers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 conference games.
- Tigers are 7-23 ATS in their last 30 road games.
- Tigers are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Bulldogs are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in November.
No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 13 Texas A&M (-4.5)
Auburn beat Ole Miss 31-20 on Saturday. Jaylin Simpson’s end zone interception in the fourth quarter preserved Auburn’s two-score lead and the Tigers stopped the Rebels three times on fourth down inside Auburn’s 20-yard line in the second half.
Sophomore QB Bo Nix completed 22-of-30 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and also ran eight times for 30 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow sophomore and tailback Tank Bigsby ran for 140 yards on 23 carries. Auburn leaned on the run game in this one rushing 44 times and their continued ability to get positive yardage and get first downs let them kill clock and sustain long drives.
Linebacker Zakoby McClain led the Tigers with 14 tackles and had two sacks, a new career high. The senior has now had 12 or more tackles in three of his last four games and is up to 12 career games with double-figure tackles. After leading the nation in tackles a season ago, he’s currently third in the SEC with 8.38 tackles per game through the first eight games.
In SEC West wins over LSU, Arkansas and Ole Miss, the Tigers have outscored opponents 27-0 in the fourth quarter.
Texas A&M has been off since a 44-14 win over South Carolina on Oct. 23. Devon Achane and Isaiah Spiller combined for 256 rushing yards and two scores. It was the second straight game that A&M had two 100-yard rushers. The last time the Aggies had multiple 100-yard rushers in back-to-back games was November of the 1997 season. It marked the third consecutive game that the trio of Achane, WR Ainias Smith and Spiller each recorded at least one TD.
A&M’s defense held South Carolina to 185 total yards for the game, including just 15 yards through the first three quarters. After three quarters of play, South Carolina was held to 15 total yards, including 30 passing yards and minus-15 rushing yards, and just two first downs.
- Last year, A&M won at Auburn 31-20.
- Tigers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog.
- Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Aggies are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Aggies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.