NCAA Football Week 2 Predictions: Florida Gators vs. Miami Hurricanes

No. 12 Florida Gators vs. Miami Hurricanes
Saturday, 9/7/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Florida -3
Current Betting Line:  Florida -3
Opening Total:  50.5
Current Total:  49
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The Miami Hurricanes are 8-0 ATS when the line is between +3 to -3
The Miami Hurricanes are 8-0 ATS when the line is between +3 to -3

Florida is set to face Miami for the 55th time in school history, as it comes off a 24-6 season-opening victory over the Toledo Rockets as 23.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 55.5.  The Gators haven’t faced the Hurricanes since 2008, but both sides have great respect for one another.  “We’re very well aware of each other and we have great respect for them,” commented Gators coach Will Muschamp.  This year’s team returned 41 letterwinners and 10 starters—led by quarterback Jeff Driskel.  Florida is 1-5 ATS as road favorites of three points or less in its last six opportunities, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football predictions Saturday.

The Gators owned a 3948-20:12 advantage in time of possession against the Rockets in Week 1—controlling the football in every quarter.  Florida is 13-0 under Muschamp’s watch when rushing for 150 or more yards.  Entering the 2013 campaign, the team’s offensive line combined for 89 career starts, which happens to be the most for the program since 2000.  On the other side of the football, the program is one of four nationally to rank in the top 10 in total defense in 2011 and 2012.

Miami picked up a resounding 34-6 victory over Florida Atlantic as 31-point home favorites last Friday, while going UNDER the betting total of 54.5.  The Hurricanes outgained the Owls by 253 total yards, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA football odds page.  Defensively, the team hasn’t allowed a touchdown at home since Nov. 1 of last season—a span of 161 minutes.  Miami is 8-0 ATS when the line is between +3 to -3 the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (4-4 Over/Under).

The Hurricanes are in their sixth season of playing home games at Sun Life Stadium—putting together a 21-11 record over that span.  Miami has won its last four non-conference home games by an average margin of 29.8 points.  Running back Duke Johnson recorded a career-high 186 rushing yards last week, but didn’t play play most of the second half after being shaken up on a play.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hurricanes due to their 5-1 ATS mark in their last six home games.

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