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We’re at Week 9 of the 2023 college football season, and this week, we’ll see what the Georgia Bulldogs can offer up offensively with Brock Bowers sidelined against the Florida Gators.
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It’s impossible to talk about this game without mentioning the absence of Bowers. He was a vital part of this offense, and now, he’s undergone TightRope surgery and could miss the rest of the regular season.
Still, the Bulldogs have some weapons on offense, including Dominic Lovett, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, and Ladd McConkey.
McConkey has played in just three games, and it’s evident he’s been slowly working his way back in fully with nine catches over those three games.
Lovett is second on the team in receptions (30), only behind Bowers (41). Without Bowers, these receivers must step up massively against a Gators defense that allows over 22 points per game (40th in the country). They only have two interceptions on the year and have allowed ten passing touchdowns.
The Gators have two go-to receivers, Eugene Wilson III and Ricky Pearsall. Pearsall has over 600 yards on 44 catches and has three scores. Wilson III is up to 251 through five games. However, the Bulldogs only allow 178.3 passing yards per game. That said, they did allow over 200 to Vanderbilt. Either way, Gators quarterback Graham Mertz has his work cut out.
Without Bowers in the lineup and a 1-5-1 record ATS this season, it might be difficult to take the Bulldogs here, especially on the road. However, the Bulldogs allow just 15.2 points, 178.3 passing yards, and 84.7 rushing yards per game. The Bulldogs have only allowed one sack on 34 pressures all season. The Gators have allowed 12 on 59 pressures. Look for the Georgia defense to come up in a big way here, rushing Mertz and holding Pearsall and Wilson III at bay.
The Bulldogs average over 38 points per game. We also believe the Bulldogs offensive line will hold up in pass protection, letting Beck dish the ball out to his numerous weapons. The Gators allow 66.9% of targets to be hauled in for receptions as a coverage unit. We expect the Bulldogs to score here in a way where they will cover a chunk of this total on their own.
The Bulldogs win 34-17.
Without Bowers in the lineup, Lovett, the No. 1 wide receiver for the Bulldogs, can expect to see even more action. In their game against Vanderbilt, Lovett had a season-high nine targets, eight receptions, 73 yards, and a touchdown.
Playing primarily out of the slot, Lovett will match up plenty with Jaydon Hill. He’s allowed 14 receptions on 20 targets for 172 yards this season.
Expect Lovett to approach double-digit targets here again.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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