Georgia vs Auburn: Expert picks and predictions

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The No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0) and No. 18 Auburn Tigers (4-1, 1-0) face off in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Auburn, Alabama.

The game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET and will air on CBS.

This is a rivalry that has not seemed like much one in recent memory. Yeah, the hatred is still there from both parties, but the results have been pretty one-sided. Georgia has won 13 of the last 16 meetings between the two programs.

Georgia is a heavy favorite in this one, thanks in large part to a defense that has allowed just 16 points this season. That’s one touchdown, three field goals and an average of 3.2 points per game surrendered.

Below are our picks and predictions for the big game on Saturday.

The money makers....

Sept. 18, 2021; Athens; Georgia Bulldogs running back James Cook (4) catches a pass for a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia minus-14.5

If you think Georgia will win and cover: Georgia

If you think Georgia wins but does NOT cover: Georgia*

If you think Auburn wins: Auburn

Joe: Georgia

James: Georgia*

JC: Georgia

Over/Under: 45.5

Joe: Under

James: Under

JC: Under

All Betting Lines are courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook.

Score prediction

Oct. 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Kobe Hudson (5) makes a catch behind Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Eric Stokes (27) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Joe: 31-3, Georgia

James: 24-10, Georgia

JC: 35-6, Georgia

Georgia's offense

Brock Bowers #19 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball for his first touchdown during the first quarter against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on Sept. 25, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Georgia’s leading receiver and his stats:

Joe: Brock Bowers: 6 catches, 59 yards, 2 TDs

James: Jermaine Burton: 6 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD

JC: Kearis Jackson: 5 catches, 78 yards

Georgia’s leading rusher and his stats:

Joe: James Cook: 12 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD

James: James Cook: 11 carries, 74 yards, 1 TD

JC: Zamir White: 12 carries, 88 yards, 2 TDs

Who starts at QB and what are his stats:

Joe: Stetson Bennett: 13 of 19, 184 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

James: JT Daniels: 16 of 22, 235 yards, 2 TDs

JC: Stetson Bennett: 11 of 19, 140 yards, 2 TDs

Georgia's defense...

Oct. 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Monty Rice (32) and defensive lineman Malik Herring (10) tackle Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia’s leading tackler:

Joe: Adam Anderson: 7 tackles

James: Nakobe Dean: 8 tackles

JC: Nakobe Dean: 8 tackles

How many sacks and who leads?

Joe: 5 total sacks: Devonte Wyatt leads with 2

James: 3 sacks: Adam Anderson leads with 1.5

JC: 4 total sacks: Adam Anderson leads with 2

How many turnovers does Georgia force?

Joe: 2 (2 interceptions)

James: 2 (2 interceptions)

JC: 2 (1 interception, 1 fumble)

Auburn's offense vs. Georgia defense:

Oct. 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia; Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws the ball as he is chased by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Nolan Smith (4) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Will Auburn score an offensive touchdown?

Joe: No

James: Yes

JC: No

Will Auburn have more than 300 total yards?

Joe: No

James: No

JC: No

Will Auburn have more than 200 passing yards?

Joe: Yes

James: No

JC: No

Will Auburn have more than 200 rushing yards?

Joe: No

James: No

JC: No

Box Nix stats:

Joe: 28 of 41, 254 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs

James: 18 of 37, 1 TD, 1 INT

JC: 10 of 22, 135 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT

Georgia's offense vs. Auburn's defense...

Oct. 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia; Auburn Tigers linebacker Zakoby McClain (9) rushes Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Will Georgia have more than 400 total yards?

Joe: Yes

James: No

JC: Yes

Will Georgia have more than 200 passing yards?

Joe: No

James: Yes

JC: No

Will Georgia have more than 200 rushing yards?

Joe: Yes

James: No

JC: Yes

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