Last Updated Sep 03, 2022, 3:35 PM

Oregon Ducks vs. Georgia Bulldogs Predictions, Picks, Odds

The Oregon Ducks and Georgia Bulldogs open the 2022 regular season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ABC.


The Georgia Bulldogs are the defending national champions, and it rode a nasty defense to the title win over rival Alabama last season. That defense was coordinated by Dan Lanning, who left the team to join the Ducks as head coach. So that's certainly one storyline heading into the game, and it's a big one.

Georgia's vaunted defense will have to replace eight starters, and its defensive coordinator, but like most high-profile teams, it will simply reload. Gone is DE Travon Walker, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The team also lost six players out of the front seven. On the offensive side of the football, QB Stetson Bennett is back to lead the offense, as QB JT Daniels transferred to West Virginia to lead that unit. RB James Cook was nabbed in the second round by the Buffalo Bills, so the Dawgs will roll with a one-two punch of RBs Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton.

Lanning replaces Mario Cristobal, who bolted for the University of Miami. He lands in Eugene in a rather good spot, as the Ducks return 14 players. Yes, UO loses Kayvon Thibodeaux from the defense, the Ducks still have DL Brandon Dorlus and LB Noah Sewell to make things difficult for the opposition. The big question is under center, as former Auburn QB Bo Nix is expected to start, but that isn't likely to scare anyone in black and red.

Score Prediction: Georgia 34, Oregon 17
Best Bet: Under 53.5 (-110)


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Date: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022
Matchup: Pac-12 vs. SEC
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Time-TV: ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET


The Ducks had a lot of success with QB Anthony Brown coming in from Boston College to finish up his career. They hope to strike gold again with Nix, who was rather underwhelming during his time at Auburn.

Oregon should be just fine with Lanning in his first head coaching gig, but it might take some time for this team to jell. It is replacing the quarterback, head coach, a stud defensive end, etc. And to make matters worse, instead of a cupcake and walkthrough September game, it faces the former national champions. That's a tall order, and one which isn't likely to end terribly well.

UO hasn't exactly been killing it against the number, even when successful, entering on a 6-13 ATS skid across the past 19 games overall. It also hasn't fared well in non-conference games, going 1-4 ATS in the pat five, while managing a 3-7 ATS mark in the previous 10 neutral-site battles. Toss in the fact Oregon is 8-18-1 ATS in the past 27 games in the month of September, and a slow start appears to be the case.

Georgia is 4-1 ATS in its past five neutral-site games. (Getty Images)


The defending champs lost a lot of key personnel, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Still, the cupboard is anything but bare for Kirby Smart's Dawgs, and they'll be ready. Bennett is back under center, and while he might not be the flashiest guy in the world, he is solid, he doesn't make mistakes, and he has a strong supporting cast. It will be interesting to see, though, if he and the Dawgs have as much success with the defense taking a slight step backwards in 2022.

Unlike Oregon, Georgia has risen to the occasion in non-conference tilts and neutral-site games lately, going 4-1 ATS in the past five in each of the categories.

As far as the totals are concerned, with a strong defense, there's no surprise the UNDER has ruled the day at UGA. The UNDER went 8-3 in the team's final 11 games in the championship season, while going 5-2 in the past seven outside of the SEC. The UNDER is also 16-7 in the past 23 games played in the month of September, while cashing at a 5-1 clip in the previous six neutral-site affairs.


  • Oregon is 3-7-1 ATS in the past 11 neutral-site games.
  • Oregon is 1-4 ATS in the past five non-conference games.
  • Oregon is 8-18-1 ATS in the past 27 games in September.
  • Georgia is 4-1 ATS in the past five neutral-site games.
  • Georgia is 4-1 ATS in the past five non-conference games.
  • UNDER is 5-1 in the past six neutral-site games for Georgia.
  • UNDER is 5-2 in the past seven non-conference games for Georgia.
  • UNDER is 16-7 in the past 23 September games for Georgia.

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