UPDATED on Monday, 11/22/21, at 3:58 p.m. Eastern.
UPDATE: Since this stoy initially published, Circa has moved UGA to a four-point favorite vs. Alabama, with the total up from 49.5 to 51.5. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has the Bulldogs as four-point favorites with a total of 52.
Circa Sports became the first known sportsbook to release a line for a potential showdown between Alabama and Georgia at the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide’s magic number to win the SEC West is one after Auburn and Texas A&M lost this past Saturday.
If Nick Saban’s team beats Arkansas at home Saturday, it will secure another trip to Atlanta. The Tide is currently listed as a 21-point home favorite at most spots.
Circa opened Georgia as a three-point favorite with a total of 49.5. The Bulldgogs are -155 on the money line, while ‘Bama is available for a +135 return if it can win outright.
Beating UGA hasn’t been an issue for the Tide in the past decade. ‘Bama has won six straight games over the Bulldogs, including a 41-24 home win last season.
UGA hasn’t tasted victory against ‘Bama since Matt Stafford threw a game-winning TD pass in overtime to defeat the Tide 26-23 in 2007 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama hasn’t been an underdog since it went to Athens in 2015 and spanked the Bulldogs by a 38-10 count. Some books closed that game as a pick ’em or either side as a one or 1.5-point favorite. So for those wondering when the Tide was an underdog prior to that game between the hedges, you have to go all the way back to the 2009 SEC Championship Game when Florida was favored in a 32-13 loss.