Public going with Florida Gators in BCS title tilt

January 6, 2009

No. 1-ranked Florida Gators battle the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Thursday (8:15 pm ET, FOX).

Florida is a 3.5-point and -170 moneyline favorite at Sportingbet. The over/under is 70.5. Public Betting information shows 58 per cent of wagers on the game are on Florida.

The Gators (12-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) won the SEC Championship while the Sooners (12-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) won the Big 12.

Florida won the inaugural BCS Title Game two years ago, beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14.

The Gators’ only loss this season came against Ole Miss in September, a 31-30 setback. Otherwise, the Gators have rolled over most opponents, including one-sided road wins over Tennessee (30-6), Georgia (49-10) and Florida State (45-15), as well as LSU (51-21) at home.

Florida captured the SEC championship with a 31-20 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide to earn a spot in the national title game.

Florida scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Florida failed to cover the 10-point spread and the score went under the total of 54.5.

The BCS National Championship will be Florida’s 18th straight bowl game and 36th bowl appearance overall (16-19).

Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with a 62-21 butt-kicking of Missouri.

It was the Sooners’ third-straight Big 12 championship. Oklahoma covered the 16.5-point spread and the score went over the total of 79.

Just like Florida, Oklahoma has had just one loss this season, a 45-35 setback to Texas on Oct. 11. The Sooners rattled off seven straight wins after that loss to end the season and wrap up the Big 12 championship.

The Sooners have won seven national titles since 1950 with the latest coming in 2000. and boast of a 24-16-1 all-time bowl record. The team is making its 10th straight bowl appearance, but has struggled in the postseason of late, losing two straight bowl games and four of the last five overall.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

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