Georgia Opens As a Nine-Point Favorite in the Gator Bowl
It may not be surprising that when the betting lines opened for the Gator Bowl, that the Georgia Bulldogs were made a 9-point favorite over Nebraska. Teams from the Southeastern Conference get enormous respect from the media and by extension the betting public.
National Championship Caliber?
The Bulldogs lost to Auburn on a freak play with under 30 seconds remaining. The Tigers will be playing Florida State for the national championship. That makes Georgia look like a team capable of playing at a very high level. They beat South Carolina and LSU this season, two very good teams.
The Gator Bowl isn't in the state of Georgia, but it may as well be. Bulldog fans travel to Jacksonville annually for the game against Florida. Not only is it familiar territory, but it's a short drive from the peach state.
While Georgia hasn't been great in the turnover department, Nebraska has been almost comically bad. Down the stretch in particular, you could count on the Huskers to have at least 3 giveaways. That makes it tough to beat anyone, let alone a quality team like the Bulldogs. NU could match up physically but still lose on miscues.
Taking all of this into account, it's fair to give the edge to Georgia, that's what the betting public has done.