College Football Week 8 Predictions: Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers

Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers
Saturday, 10/19/13, 12:21 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Florida PK
Current Betting Line:  Florida -3
Opening Total:  44.5
Current Total:  44.5
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The Missouri Tigers are 8-6 ATS as underdogs since 2011
The Missouri Tigers are 8-6 ATS as underdogs since 2011

Florida had its three-game win streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 17-6 defeat to the LSU Tigers as nine-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 49.5.  Among the six teams remaining on the Gators schedule—four of them are represented in the Top 15 in national polls.  In its last 18 regular-season games, the program has compiled a 15-3 record, which is important to consider when making your college football betting predictions in Week 8.  Florida is 4-2 SUATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 4-2 in that situation.

The Gators have dominated the middle portion of games this season, as they’ve outscored opponents a combined 79-26 in the second and third quarters.  Florida is 11-of-13 scoring in the red zone in its last four games after starting the year 6-of-12 in its first two games.  The team hasn’t turned the ball over in its last two contests, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  The program has been hit hard by injuries, with seven players suffering season-ending injuries, including five potential starters.

Missouri is fresh off its first road victory over a Top 10 team since 1981, as it picked up a 41-26 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 6.5-point underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Tigers moved to 6-0 for the third time 13 seasons under head coach Gary Pinkel, is they attempt to start 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010 campaign.  Missouri is 5-9 SU and 8-6 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 9-5 in those 14 opportunities.

The Tigers have caused a turnover in 36-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the BCS.  Missouri’s spread offenses is known for its passing proficiency, but it’s also averaging 239.3 rushing yards per game, which sits behind just one other team in the SEC.  Offensively, the team will be moving on without the services of quarterback James Franklin, who is likely out for the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

Sports bettors will find that the Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference affairs.

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