Penn State vs Georgia Predictions
Tax Slayer Bowl Preview
After a disappointing SEC campaign saw the Bulldogs part ways with longtime head coach Mark Richt, Bryan McClendon will lead Georgia into the Tax Slayer Bowl against Penn State. Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin has heard from his critics as well after the team stumbled down the stretch, losing their last three games.
Players to watch
Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley has had a standout freshman season, rushing for 1,007 yards and seven touchdown on 165 carries.
Georgia running back Sony Michel took over for the injured Nick Chubb midseason and finished with 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns.
The teams’ only previous meeting came in the 1983 Sugar Bowl, with Penn State winning 27-23.
Georgia quarterback Grayson Lambert threw seven touchdown passes in the first four games of the season, but has thrown only four since.
Penn State has not defeated a Power 5 team with a winning record this season.
Opponents have scored only 64.7 percent of the time after entering the red zone against Georgia.
Penn State is tied for second in the FBS with 44 sacks this season.
Despite missing the final two games of the regular season, Nittany Lions defensive end Carl Nassib led the nation with 15.5 sacks.
Georgia fullback Quayvon Hicks is not expected to play due to a leg injury.
Bulldogs linebacker Leonard Floyd is questionable with an undisclosed injury.
Penn St vs Georgia Betting Trends
Georgia is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Georgia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia’s last 5 games
Penn State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Penn State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State’s last 5 games
Penn St vs Georgia Prediction
Both teams struggled this year. Penn State is in a bowl game with only a 7-5 record. The Lions offense has been pathetic this season and that should continue in the Tax Slayer Bowl. Georgia has not been an offensive juggernaut averaging 26 points a game. Both coaches tend to play not to lose and that should help keep the score low.