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Betting Preview: Florida Gators vs Miami Hurricanes

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NCAA college football is back and we’re treated to a Sunshine State matchup with the No. 8 Florida Gators facing the Miami Hurricanes. The Gators have national title aspirations while the Hurricanes are looking to make some noise in the ACC after finishing the season 7-6 SU in 13 games.

Game Center: Florida Gators vs Miami Hurricanes
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN

Florida vs Miami Odds

TeamOpening
Spread
Current
Spread
Opening
Total
Current
Total
Florida-7.5-7OVER 50.5OVER 46.5
Miami+7.5+7UNDER 50.5UNDER 46.5

Florida vs Miami Line History

Odds as of August 24 at Bovada

Odds Analysis: Florida vs Miami

The Gators’ -7.5 spread has moved slightly to -7 since this matchup was announced but the total has dropped by 3.5 points. This is likely due to the Hurricanes opting to go with Jarren Williams at quarterback instead of highly touted transfer Tate Martell. There could be unrest with the Hurricanes offense, which is why oddsmakers think they won’t score as many points.

Florida Gators: Betting 101

The Gators are coming off an impressive 10-win season in the SEC last year with road wins over Tennessee and Florida State and a bowl game win over Michigan. They’re returning a glut of starters on both offense and defense and they had the ninth-best recruiting class of 2019 according to 24/7 Sports. The Gators were 9-4 ATS in 13 games last season and finished 2018 with three straight ATS wins, over Idaho, Florida State and Michigan. In their last 30 games as a favorite of 7.5 or more, Florida is 26-4 SU and 16-14 ATS.

Miami Hurricanes: Betting 101

The Hurricanes are going with a red-shirt freshman at quarterback in Jarren Williams and according to reports from their coaching staff, it wasn’t a tough choice over transfer Tate Martell. Williams is a very mobile quarterback with decent accuracy who can give opposing defenses fits. That being said, the Hurricanes’ recruiting class wasn’t great in 2019 and they have holes at key positions like the offensive line and secondary.

The ‘Canes finished 7-6 SU in 2018 and were not a darling in the betting community at 5-8 ATS. In their lone game as an underdog vs Georgia Tech, they were beaten 27-21, and they put up a pitiful effort in their bowl game vs Wisconsin, losing 35-3 as 2.5-point favorites. Something to keep in mind is the Hurricanes were a great UNDER bet last season when their final seven games fell short of the total (average combined score: 38.1).

SHARK BITES
  • The UNDER has hit in Miami’s last 7 games (avg. combined score: 38.1).
  • Rain and thunderstorms are expected in the evening at Camping World Stadium.
  • Florida was 8-2 ATS as a favorite in 2018.

Betting Pick: Florida -7

Florida was also a reliable ATS wager last season when playing mid-tier teams like Miami and the Gator’ track record should give confidence to bettors looking to get an early payday for the opening week of the college football season.

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