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Belk Bowl The First Bowl Game Between Two Ranked Teams

The Belk Bowl is going to be a big one. It is the first bowl game of bowl season to feature two ranked teams; the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 21 Louisville Cardinals. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET and you can watch it over at ESPN. But before you do that, your going to need to know some information so you can put some smart money on the game.

The Bulldogs have had a roller coaster-ride of a season. Running back Todd Gurley started the season as a Heisman Contender and ended it having missed four games due to suspension and an injury. Nick Chubb has stepped up in his absence to establish the run. He has rushed for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also received the SEC Freshmen of the Year award.

The Bulldogs have the No. 8 ranked offense in the nation with 41.7 points per game on average. On the other side of the ball, they are ranked No. 23 only allowing 21.3 points a game.

In their last game of the season, the Bulldogs lost to interstate rivals Georgia Tech in a 30-24 overtime loss as 10.5 favorites. They hit the UNDER in that game.

Louisville’s No. 2 rush defense is going to be looking to keep Chubb from establishing the run. They only allowed an average 0f 93.7 rushing yards per game.

While the Cardinals do not have a big average points per game like the Bulldogs, their offense has performed well late in the season, putting up 30 points or more in its last five games.

The Cardinals have won four of their last five games, including their last game against Kentucky where they won 44-40. They were 14-point favorites in that game, which means the win did not make bettors happy. The OVER hit in that game.

Oddsmakers have Georgia as the seven-point favorites on most betting sites heading into this game.  Georgia has covered the spread in five of its last seven games. Louisville is 7-5 against the spread, which means both teams have been kind to those betting on them this season.

The total is set at 59 points. Both these teams favor the OVER. Nine of the Bulldogs last 12 games have hit the OVER, while Louisville has gone OVER in four of its last five.

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