The 2014 Belk Bowl from Charlotte, North Carolina will feature top-20 contenders Louisville and Georgia live Saturday on ESPN at 6:30 PM ET. Georgia Vs Louisville Odds have Georgia -7 on the spread with 60% of Belk Bowl Picks on the betting odds “chalk.” 13th ranked Georgia (9-3 SU 7-5 ATS) was upset in their season finale 20-34 as -10.5 home favorites against in-state rival Georgia Tech. 20th ranked Louisville (9-3 SU 7-5 ATS) finished their season with a close 40-44 scrape with Kentucky as -10.5 home favorites. Who will win the biggest match-up that the Belk Bowl has seen in their 13-year history? Our ESPN2 News expert sports handicappers broke down the contenders. Georgia vs Louisville Odds have Louisville as +245 Moneyline underdogs (Bet $100 to win $245) at BOVADA.LV
Georgia Belk Bowl Picks Analysis: Georgia’s backbone is their running attack led by NFL-bound running back Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb (12 TD). The passing game is also efficient with accurate Senior Hutson Mason (154.8 passer rating). Georgia’s aggressive defense is good against the pass ranking 23rd in pass-efficiency defense but have left open holes against the run allowing 4.2 yards per carry. Georgia vs Louisville Odds Over/Under is at 56.0 points at BOVADA.LV
Louisville Belk Bowl Picks Analysis: Louisville’s strength lies in their 6th ranked defense that features a ball-hawking secondary. The Cardinals are also stout against the rush led by 220 Lb. linebacker James Burgess (4.70 40-speed) allowing only 93.7 yards per game and less than 3 yards per carry. Louisville’s offense is led by freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon (121.3 passer rating) who will be working behind a shaky O-line and playing with a banged up knee. The Cardinals offense should be able to run the ball effectively with Michael Dyer (4.4 yards per carry) and Brandon Radcliff (5.2 yards per carry.)
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Georgia is going to attack the Cardinals vulnerable O-line out of the gate and try and force the rookie QB into bad throws. The Cardinals will not be able to take advantage of their NFL-caliber wide receiver DeVonte Parker. In a low-scoring affair we will go with a Bulldogs team that is better in the trenches.
ESPN2 News Belk Bowl Picks Play: Georgia -7
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