No.8 Cincinnati and No.9 Georgia meet in the first bowl game of 2021 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on January 1.
The game takes place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Georgia (7-2) is on New Years’ Day for the fifth consecutive season. The Bulldogs are close to home and JT Daniels will look to consolidate his grip on the quarterback position as 2021 approaches. Georgia played on the Sixth Day of the Year after losses in the Premier League game. SEC in 2018 and 2019. What will be their motivation this season?
Cincinnati (9-0) is the third school in the Group of 5 to play in the Peach Bowl in the past seven seasons. Houston (2015) and UCF (2017) each finished undefeated seasons in this bowl. Will Luke Fickell and the Bearcats follow this trend?
Here’s everything you need to know about betting Florida vs Oklahoma, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the 2020 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Georgia vs Cincinnati odds
- Propagated: Georgia -6.5
- More less: 50.5
- Moneyline: Georgia -245, Cincinnati +195
The Bulldogs opened as an 8-point favorites, but the line lost one point. Georgia has five players who have withdrawn from the game, including team captains Ben Cleveland, Mony Rice and Eric Stokes.
Georgia All-Time Streak vs. Cincinnati
The Bulldogs and Bearcats have only had one previous encounter. Georgia No.7 defeated No.20 Cincinnati 31-17 on October 30, 1976.
Three trends to know
– The Bulldogs were 4-5 ATS this season, and they were favored in every game except the game against Alabama. Georgia has covered in their last two games against South Carolina (-22) and Missouri (-14).
– The Bearcats were 5-4 ATS in 2020. Cincinnati is 10-7 ATS as a loser to Fickell.
– Georgia were 6-3 with the OVER this season, and the Bearcats were 5-4 in the same situation. It could be a good game despite the tough defense on both sides.
Three things to watch out for
– Who runs first? Both defenses excel at stopping the race. Georgia has allowed just 2.3 yards per carry this season and Cincinnati has allowed just 3.2 yards per carry. Both teams are also top-notch offenses. This will answer the question of whether the Bearcats can compete on the lines on both sides. Quarterback trio Desmond Ridder (692 yards, 12 TDs), Gerrid Doaks (673 yards, 7 TDs) and Jerome Ford (405 yards, 7 TDs) must be successful early against the Bulldogs.
– The effectiveness of JT Daniels. Daniels completed 66.7% of his passes in three starts against Mississippi State, South Carolina and Missouri, and the Bulldogs are averaging 41.7 points per game in that streak. This opened the racing game with Zamir White, Kenny McIntosh, and Daijun Edwards.
– George Pickens vs. Ahmad Gardner. It’s a fun game. Pickens, who broke into the Sugar Bowl against Baylor last season, has 14 catches for 238 yards and three touchdowns in Georgia’s last three games. Gardner, a cornerback, leads a Bearcats secondary that also includes safety James Wiggins. Cincinnati have allowed just six passing touchdowns with 15 interceptions this season.
Stat that matters
Third percentage down. The two teams were almost identical in that statistic during the regular season. Georgia converted 49% of their third chances on offense and kept their opponents at 37%. Cincinnati converted 48.3% of their third downs and allowed their opponents 36.7%. This is a reflection of the solid execution on both sides for the Bulldogs and Bearcats. Which team can disrupt this?
Georgia vs Cincinnati prediction
Cincinnati will compete and the racing game will test Georgia’s patience in the first half. Ridder will have to make the most of those third down opportunities in the passing game. The Bulldogs will start their running game with White, who scores on a long run to give Georgia a lead at halftime. Daniels will keep the offense on schedule, and the Bulldogs will stage a Bearcats rally in the fourth quarter.
Final score: Georgia 31, Cincinnati 23