Monday September 28th, 2015

The 13th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (3–1) will try to earn their first conference win of the year against the eighth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (4–0) as a two-point road underdog at sportsbooks monitored by on Saturday.

That is one of three SEC matchups between a pair of Top 25 teams in Week 5 of the 2015 college football season. The other key games in the conference include the third-ranked Ole Miss Rebels (4–0) visiting the 25th-ranked Florida Gators (4–0) as 7.5-point road favorites and the 14th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies hosting the 21st-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (3–1) as 7.5-point home chalk.

Alabama is coming off a 34–0 win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks last Saturday but failed to cover the spread for the third straight game, this time as a 37.5-point home favorite. The Crimson Tide previously lost to Ole Miss 43–37 for the second consecutive year on Sep. 19 as nine-point home chalk and faces a tough stretch playing four ranked SEC opponents in the next six games, starting with Georgia.

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The Bulldogs have won their first two conference games, defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores and South Carolina Gamecocks before routing the Southern Jaguars 48–6 last week. Georgia failed to cover as a 50-point home favorite against Southern after beating Vanderbilt and South Carolina by a combined 49 points the previous two weeks.

The Rebels are 3–1 against the spread so far, with the lone non-cover occurring last Saturday in a 27–16 victory versus the Commodores as 27-point home chalk. The Gators are also 3–1 ATS and jumped into the Top 25 this week following two straight SEC wins over the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers over the past couple weeks.

Texas A&M needed overtime to win and cover against the Arkansas Razorbacks last week in a 28–21 victory as a six-point favorite, and the Aggies also have a rough upcoming schedule with Alabama and Ole Miss on deck following Mississippi State. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have covered three in a row after upsetting the Auburn Tigers 17–9 last Saturday as one-point road underdogs.

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One other Top 25 game of note pits the sixth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4–0) against the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers (3–0), who had a bye last week. Clemson will actually have more than two weeks off between games since earning a 20–17 victory but failing to cover as five-point road chalk against the Louisville Cardinals on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Notre Dame will be playing its second ACC foe this season and first road game since topping the Virginia Cavaliers 34–27 back on Sept. 12. That win at Virginia was the only game the Fighting Irish have not covered this year as 13.5-point favorites.

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