College Football Betting: Taxslayer Bowl – PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS vs. GEORGIA BULLDOGS (1/2)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL — January 2

Taxslayer Bowl @ Jacksonville
PENN STATE vs. GEORGIA

(America’s Bookie Line: Georgia -6.5, Total 44) — Penn State did not come down the stretch with a lot of momentum, dropping five of their last six games ATS, and it must be said that Christian Hackenberg was somewhat of a disappointment. Hackenberg, who started the season as perhaps the #1 or #2 NFL prospect at quarterback, completed only 53% of his passes on the season. But he had only five interceptions, and if his team can keep them clean (suffered 39 sacks), he can do some damage. Georgia is in a state of upheaval on its coaching staff; Mark Richt was fired after 145 wins at the school, and wide receiver coach Brian McClendon is the new interim man. But Kirby Smart, who was Alabama’s defensive coordinator, is standing by to take over. Georgia does a good job blocking for its running backs. Nick Chubb averaged 8.1 yards per carry, but he is out of action with an injury, leaving things more in the hands of Sony Michel (1076 yards). Quarterback Greyson Lambert is accurate (24 of 25 vs. South Carolina!) but has had only two touchdown passes in the last six games, with the Bulldogs scoring only 95 points over that period of time. The challenge for Penn State is that Georgia has allowed fewer passing yards per game than anyone (146), but the Bulldogs only had 21 sacks, so that could give Hackenberg time to throw. James Franklin, the Nittany Lions’ head coach, has been down this road before, having taken Vanderbilt to three bowls and Penn State to the Pinstripe Bowl last season, word beat Boston College.

PLAY BY JAY: PENN STATE +6.5 **

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)