(2) Florida- (10) Georgia
Time: 3:30 PM EST, Saturday
Spread: FLA -6.5
M/L: FLA -260, GA +220
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The Florida Gators have been far better than expected this season, and the reason they have been good really hasn’t been as much of a surprise. Their defense has been superb, and it’s propelled them to a No. 3 overall AP ranking, as they allow only 12.1 points per game and have gone undefeated so far in the not-so-young season, with a 7-0 record. A win this week would clinch a spot in the conference title game for Florida, while Georgia will still need to beat Florida and win both their games against Mississippi and Auburn to get to the SEC Championship game.
Last year the Gators went just 7-6, and looked quite mediocre on both sides of the ball. Jeff Driskel was still developing. Now, Driskel is considered one of the best D-1 QBs in the nation, and is already having people speculate as to whether he has good NFL prospects or not.
“It’s another big game,” Driskel said. “It’s an SEC East game…You come to Florida to play in games like this. We’re excited to start preparing and we’re ready for another big week.”
The Bulldogs will look to do their damage with freshman phenom running back Todd Gurley. Gurley, a 6’1″ 218 pound back from Tarboro, NC, has rushed for 622 yards on 93 carries with nine TDs. He had three weeks consecutive with 100+ rushing yards, against Vandy, Florida Atlantic, and Tennessee.
Gurley will have a lot more trouble getting that rushing game going against a tough Gators defense, though, and the last two weeks he hasn’t been overly impressive, anyway. He managed just 47 yards on 12 carries against a poor Kentucky Wildcats team last week, as Georgia narrowly escaped with a win in what would have been a loss of monumental consequences.
The week prior, he struggled (understandably) against a tough South Carolina defense. But the Gators have what could be the best defense in the nation, so Gurley is going to have to step to the challenge for the Bulldogs to have any chance of covering the 6.5 point spread set by college football oddsmakers.
FLORIDA BETTING TRENDS
Gators are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 following an SU win, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 following an ATS win, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after accumulating 170 passing yards previous week, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 at neutral sites, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 40+ previous week.
GEORGIA BETTING TRENDS
Bulldogs 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after accumulating 280+ passing yards, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 on grass, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing previous game, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after accumulating 450+ total yards in previous game.
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