Gators visit Wildcats in Week 5 NCAAF clash
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The No. 20 Florida Gators, who are 0-3 ATS this year and just lost their starting quarterback for the season, forge ahead when they take on 1-2 Kentucky in Lexington Saturday night (7 pm ET, ESPNU).
As of early this week Florida, which has won 26 times in a row in this series, was favored by 14 points over the Wildcats, who had last week off.
The Wildcats sit at 1-2 (1-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Gators are currently 2-1 (0-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 1-2 OU, and Florida is 1-2 OU.
Fans backing the Wildcats here saw them open at 5Dimes as 12.5-point Underdog in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 25-rated Gators taking on the No. 114-rated Wildcats in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 29-24 win for the Gators on Saturday.
Last time out for Florida, they were a 31-17 winner as they battled Tennessee at home. Florida failed to cover in the match as a 16.5-point favorite, while 48 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Wildcats suffered a Week 3 loss against Louisville in their last game, falling 27-13 at Commonwealth Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kentucky's No. 75-ranked offense, averaging 26.67 PPG, against a Gators defense that ranks No. 19 this week at 14.67 PPG. The Wildcats aerial game is averaging 276.67 yards per game, more than the Gators secondary allows through the air, 157 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Gators feature the league's No. 79-rated road run defense, allowing 216 yards per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, ranks No. 53 in rushing offense at home.
A few Gators at Wildcats trends to consider:
Florida is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Florida is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
Florida is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Florida is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Kentucky is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
Kentucky is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
Kentucky is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
Kentucky is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Florida
Florida at Arkansas, Saturday, October 5th
Kentucky at South Carolina, Saturday, October 5th