College Football Week 7 Predictions: Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers

Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers
Saturday, 10/12/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  LSU -6.5
Current Betting Line:  LSU -7.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The LSU Tigers are 5-1 SUATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points since 2011
The LSU Tigers are 5-1 SUATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points since 2011

Florida has put together a three-game winning streak since suffering its only loss to Miami, as it comes off a 30-10 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks as 12.5-point home favorites last Saturday.  The Gators are 31-25-3 all-time against the Tigers, including a dead even 5-5 mark in the last 10 meetings, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 7.  In its last 17 regular-season games, the program has compiled a 15-2 record, which ranks eighth nationally in that category.  Florida is 6-4 SUATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.

The Gators have to be impressed with quarterback Tyler Murphy, who completed 16-of-22 passes for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns in his first career home start.  Florida’s defense is certainly one of the best nationally, as it trails only one team in allowing just 217.0 yards per game.  The team is allowing just 2.8 yards per carry and  has surrendered just three rushing scores—both ninth in the country in those categories.

LSU bounced back from its only loss of the season, as it picked up a 59-26 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs as seven-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a sixth consecutive contest.  The Tigers have scored a touchdown on their opening drive in four straight affairs, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page.  Offensively, the team has thrown for 300 or more yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2008.  LSU is 5-1 SUATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in the betting total (3-3 Over/Under).

The Tigers are led by the play of quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who improved to 15-4 as a starter with last week’s win.  He completed 86.2 percent of his passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns against the Bulldogs—connecting with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. nine times for 179 yards and both scores.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 5-1 in the Tigers’ last six games against Southeastern Conference rivals.

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