College Football Week 13 Predictions: Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles

No. 4 Florida Gators at No. 10 Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, 11/24/12, 3:30 PM EST, TV:  ABC
Opening Point Spread:  Florida State -8
Current Betting Line:  Florida State -8.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Florida State Seminoles are 4-2 ATS at home this season

Florida will travel to Tallahassee for a top-10 matchup inside Doak Campbell Stadium at Bobby Bowden Field, as the program will be facing its fifth ranked opponent of the 2012 college football season.  The Gators own a 33-21-2 all-time edge in this series, including a 12-11-1 mark in this particular setting.  Head coach Will Muschamp still believes his team has a shot at the national title, but his squad needs to take care of business this week.  “Let’s understand what’s at stake and what’s important, and focus on the game,” he stated this week.  Florida is 3-0 ATS on the road this season, with the OVER going 2-1 in those contests.

The Gators are dangerous road underdogs when looking at the college football odds page, considering they’ve faced the toughest schedule in the nation.  Florida is averaging 25.8 points offensively, while its defense is surrendering just 11.7 points a contest.  The team ranks fourth in the Southeastern Conference in averaging 189.5 rushing yards per game, with senior Mike Gillislee leading the way with 964 rushing yards on the year.

Florida State has already clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title for the second time in the last three years, as it’s 10-1 record in the program’s best mark since 2000.  The Seminoles are focused on trying to sweep the Gators and Miami Hurricanes for a third straight season.  “There are still a lot of things out there to play for,” stated Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher.  His squad is the only team to rank in the top 14 nationally in both total offense and total defense.  Florida State is 4-2 ATS at home this season.

The Seminoles haven’t won three consecutive games against the Gators since 1998-2000, but certainly are capable of accomplishing the task, as they rank second in the ACC in averaging 42.9 points per game.  Florida State is also one of three teams nationally to be averaging better than seven yards per offensive snap.  The team is extremely balanced offensively since Fisher arrived on campus as an offensive coordinator in 2007, as it has run the ball 53 percent of the time and passed it the other 47.

Sports bettors will likely back the Seminoles due to the favorite going 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in this series, while the Gators are 0-8 ATS in November.

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