Georgian football was heavily favored in the opening line over LSU

The Georgia Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the polls and enjoying a 37-14 home win over Georgia Tech, will return to Atlanta, where the season began, for the 2022 SEC Championship against No. 11 LSU. Nov 19 Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, with CBS televising the game.

Circa Sports released its line Sunday night and has the Dawgs as substantial favorites in the conference title matchup, placing Georgia as a neutral site favorite at 17.5 points. Two weeks ago, Draft Kings Sportsbook had Georgia as a 16-point favorite in its early lookahead series. Had the same look-ahead line LSU is favored by 3.5 points for the 2019 SEC championship. Georgia has been favored in every game this season and is 6-6 versus spread, with a margin of -1.7 versus spread.

“I’m excited to see our team,” Smart said of the upcoming post-season game. “It’s a lot easier to train in a week like this week than it is in a week like last week. It is different. Nothing against Thanksgiving. It’s not my favorite holiday, I like to eat, but it’s tough. There is a different schedule. There are many variables that you cannot control. You know what? Brent Key can’t control it either. It’s not like I’m saying it’s an unfair advantage, but you lose a routine as a coach. It worries you a little. I like the routine we follow when school starts and we have our normal schedule. I look forward to watching our boys prepare for LSU. They’re a really good, hot football team.”

The Bulldogs are now 78-15 under head coach Kirby Smart in their seventh yearwith a 48-9 record in conference play. It’s the fifth SEC championship appearance for Smart to be linked with Markus dir, in just his seventh season as head coach. It is Georgia’s tenth appearance in the game since the SEC began hosting a conference championship game in 1992, after winning it in 2002, 2005 and 2017.

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