Posts Tagged ‘Florida Gators’

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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Bettors like underdog Alabama in SEC title game

December 1, 2008

The No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide meet the No. 4 Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome (4 pm ET, CBS).

Alabama is undefeated (12-0 SU, 8-0 SEC) while Florida has lost just once this season (11-1 SU, 7-1 SEC).

The SEC champion is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.

The teams are even over the past six meetings, each winning three times. Alabama has an edge against the spread, covering four of those six tilts. The teams last met on Sept. 30, 2006, when Florida won 28-13 as 15.5-point home favorite. The score went over the total of 40.

NCAA Betting Odds has the Gators as a 9.5-point favorite. About 56 per cent of bets on the game are on Alabama, according to Public Betting information.

John Parker Wilson threw for 135 yards and one touchdown to lead Alabama to a 36-0 blowout of Auburn on Saturday. The Tide covered the 14.5-point spread and the score went under the total of 40.5.

Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for 80 yards and another score, to pace Florida to a 45-15 win over Florida State in Week 14. The Gators covered the 17-point spread and the score went over the total of 53.5.

Alabama is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. Florida is 5-0 SU in its past five overall.

Alabama RB Roy Upchurch (neck) is questionable for the SEC championship. Florida WR Percy Harvin (ankle), QB Cameron Newton (ankle), DE Duke Lemmens (neck), and Matt Patchan (MCL) are all listed as questionable.

Public split on Florida Gators-Georgia Bulldogs matchup

October 29, 2008

The No. 8 Florida Gators take on the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs in a battle of SEC East rivals Saturday (3:30 pm ET, CBS).

Florida has dominated the past 10 meetings, going 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS. But the Bulldogs won the last meeting, 42-30 as a 7.5-point road dog on Oct. 27 last season. The score went over the total of 55.

Sportsbooks has the Gators as a 5.5-point favorite in NCAA College Football Betting Lines. The Over/Under is 56.5.

Bettors are basically split on this one, with a small majority – 52 per cent – backing the Gators, according to Public Betting information. The Public is expecting a high-scoring game, as 63 per cent are on the Over.

Last week, Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Florida thumped Kentucky 63-5 in Week 9. The Gators covered the 25-point spread and the score went over the total of 47.

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns to lead Georgia to a 52-38 win over LSU Tigers in Week 9. The Bulldogs covered the 1-point spread and the score went over the total of 49.

Florida (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS) has won three straight while Georgia (7-1 SU, 3-2-2 ATS) has also picked up wins in their past three straight.

Florida is 5-0 ATS in its past five on the road and 8-1 SU in its past nine on the road.
Georgia is 14-1 SU in its past 15 overall and 10-1 SU in its past 11 at home. The total has gone Under in five of the past seven meetings.

Injuries: For Florida, RB Emmanuel Moody (ankle) is listed as doubtful. OL Jim Tartt (ankle) and Safety Bryan Thomas are questionable. For Georgia, TE Tripp Chandler (shoulder) and LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) are questionable.

Football Betting: Best Lines Oct. 11-13

October 10, 2008

No. 11 Gators home faves against No. 4 LSU

The No. 4 LSU Tigers visit the No. 11 Florida Gators in a clash on SEC rivals on Saturday night (8 pm ET, CBS).

Florida is a 6-point favorite, and bettors can get the best juice on the Gators (-105) at Sportsbooks, which also has the best juice on the underdog Tigers (-105).

Sporting bet has the lowest Over/Under total at 46. Most books have the total at 46½ or higher.

Florida (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. The total has gone under in five of the past six meetings. LSU (4-0 SU, 1-2 ATS) is 5-0 SU in its past five overall.

Do some line shopping for Cowboys-Cardinals

The Dallas Cowboys travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon (4:15 pm ET, FOX).

Dallas is a 5-point favorite at most sportsbooks. Bettors backing the Cowboys will get the lowest juice (-105) at Sportsbooks, where those taking the Cardinals will also get the lowest juice at -105.

Sportsbooks also has the best moneyline odds for the Cowboys at -210, while Arizona bettors will find +190 at Book Maker and Bet Jamaica. Most books have the Cards at +180 or +175.

Dallas (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) is 7-1 ATS in the past eight meetings. Arizona (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) is 5-0 SU in its past five at home.

Chargers favored in Sunday Night showdown

The New England Patriots battle the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Night Football at Qualcomm Stadium (8:15 pm ET, NBC).

San Diego is a 5-point favorite and favorite and underdog bettors will get the lowest juice (-105) at Bet Jamaica. The best moneyline odds are the Chargers -230 at BetUS and the Pats +200 at Bet Jamaica.

The total is 44 (-110) at most sportsbooks.

New England (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) is 8-2 SU in the past 10 meetings, and is 5-0 SU in its past five on the road. San Diego (2-3 SU, 2-2-1 ATS) is 8-1 SU and ATS in its past nine at home.

Giants favored at the Dawg Pound

The New York Giants travel to the Dawg Pound for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Cleveland Browns (8:35 pm ET, ESPN).

New York ranges from a 7½- to 9½-point favorite depending on the book. The best juice on the Giants is at Bet Jamaica (-9) at +100.

The best moneyline price for the Giants is -330 for the Browns it’s +290 at Bet Jamaica.

The Super Bowl champions (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) have won four straight. Cleveland is 1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS. New York is 5-0 SU and ATS in its past five on the road. The total has gone under in all five of the Browns’ past five at home.