Cincinnati was a victim of some unfortunate scheduling luck due to COVID-19 and a committee that has no respect for non-Power 5 schools. The Bearcats were the champions of the American this season and won all nine of their games. Georgia went 7-2, but it wasn’t a very impressive team even if the stats look nice on paper. The issue is that Cincinnati struggled in their final two games and Georgia’s athletes might be too much despite the Bearcats’ edge in motivation.
Cincinnati vs. Georgia Betting Odds
It is difficult to go undefeated in a college football season, so Cincinnati deserves a lot of credit for navigating this year with a 9-0 record. Desmond Ridder is a handful with more than 2,000 passing yards and 609 rushing yards for 29 combined touchdowns (12 rushing and 17 passing). He is what helps keep this Bearcats offense so balanced that they average 242 passing yards and 225 rushing yards per game. Gerrid Doaks is just edging out Ridder with 673 yards on the ground for Cincinnati, though he has just seven rushing touchdowns this season. This offense will give Georgia some trouble with how well it uses space to its advantage, but it had its lowest point total since September in the American title game against Tulsa with just 27 points. Where Cincinnati has excelled though is defending the pass as the Bearcats allow less than 200 yards per game through the air. Six different players have multiple interceptions this year for the Bearcats, who average 1.7 interceptions per game as part of their average of more than two takeaways per contest. This Georgia offense, though, will be the best they face this season and will be a strong test for this worthy unit.
Georgia lacks an impressive win on its schedule, though some will argue the early-season win over Auburn counts. The Bulldogs just seemed to be disjointed for most of the season while still finding ways to win games. That changed when J.T. Daniels took over under center and the USC transfer found a groove in Athens. Georgia is averaging 41.7 points per game in three games with Daniels at the helm and Daniels is completing two-thirds of his passes for nine touchdowns and just one interception. Zamir White has certainly helped this unit in the running game with 10 rushing scores and more than 80 rushing yards per game. He’s scored a rushing touchdown in eight of his nine games this season and is coming off a 12-carry, 126-yard day in the season finale against Missouri. Georgia is holding teams to less than 70 rushing yards per game and it has kept four of its last five opponents to 24 points or fewer.
I’m a big fan of the Peach Bowl over/under from the New Jersey online football betting sites sites being set at 50 for this game. It gives the proper respect to the Cincinnati defense while taking into account the Bearcats’ offensive struggles in the AAC championship game. This line is less about what Georgia can do and more about Cincinnati right now. The Bearcats have had their struggles against the run, allowing 122 yards per game on the ground, something White can take advantage of within the Georgia offense. It takes the pressure off Daniels to be perfect, which is a great thing for the Bulldogs. Ridder is going to make plays for Cincinnati with his legs, but I question whether he has the weapons at receiver to really attack this Georgia defense. I’m actually more concerned with how many points Cincinnati is going to be able to score in this game, but I do think the Bearcats defense rises up against this Georgia offense. So I’m betting under 50 points in the Peach Bowl at -105 odds.
Georgia to win
It’s not a surprise that Georgia is an 8-point favorite on the Peach Bowl betting line from the football betting sites in New Jersey. The Bulldogs are an SEC team playing in their home state against a Group of Five foe who didn’t look very strong to close the season. Cincinnati is undefeated and boasts one of the better defenses in the land, but the Bearcats have not been tested like they will be in the Peach Bowl. Georgia’s offense went through a lot of changes over the course of the season, but Daniels has seemed to steady the unit since taking over at quarterback. That gives me enough confidence to think the Bulldogs will send a message for next season with a big performance in Atlanta. I’m not sure it will be close, either, so I’m comfortable betting Georgia to lay the eight points at +100 odds as part of my Peach Bowl predictions.