NCAA Football Betting Preview
Georgia Bulldogs (4-3) vs. No. 1 Florida Gators (7-0)
Saturday October 31st, 3:30PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Florida -14.5
The top ranked Florida Gators collide with the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday to rekindle one of the biggest rivalries in college football. The game once called “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party” is one of the very few rivalries in college football still played on a neutral field down in Jacksonville, Florida. The Gators stomped Georgia a year ago 49-10. However in 2007, Georgia upset the Gators in the famous end zone celebration orchestrated by Mark Richt as the entire team emptied the side line to celebrate after Georgia scored their first touchdown. That one simple act has really put some fuel on the flames and the fire is still burning between these two SEC tradition rich teams as they take center stage this Saturday afternoon.
The Gators have not been the dominant number 1 we have come to expect over the past few weeks narrowly escaping the likes of Arkansas and Mississippi State. However, the Gators have remained unbeaten as they continue their march to defend their National Championship. QB Tim Tebow has not been as big of a rushing threat he is notoriously known for in recent weeks, but still leads the team in rushing yards with 466 yards. The running game continues to be one of the best in the nation behind tailbacks Jeffery Demps, Chris Rainey, and Emmanuel Moody. All 3 backs could be superstars for any team in the nation, but rather give the best tri-fecta rotation in college football.
The Gators are averaging 248 yards per game on the ground which ranks 7th best in the country. However, it is the passing game that is lacking the Gators potential explosive power. In the last 5 games, Tebow has thrown just 2 passes over 30 yards. WR Riley Cooper and tight end Aaron Hernandez are excellent targets. Hernandez is actually the go to guy from the end position, but Cooper gives the biggest down field threat. However, even Cooper has dropped some big passes in the last few weeks and no other Gators wide out has stepped up. If the Gators are to get back to a National Championship, the passing game will have to improve. While the passing game is just a minor setback for the time being, it could make a big difference if Georgia can put the pressure on early and make some big plays.
If big plays are to be made from the Georgia sideline, keep all eyes on WR A.J Green a potential superstar in the making. Green has been the only consistency on an inconsistent offense and leads the SEC with 682 reception yards. Wide receivers normally do not stand out in the SEC like Green has this season given credit to the elite defenses of the conference. However, nobody has been able to guard the Bulldogs star wide out and he will look to play a big role in a potential upset. The rest of the Georgia offense has had its ups and downs. The rushing game ranks an embarrassing 103 and is feeling the effects of losing Knowshon Moreno even if Bulldogs fans won’t admit it. QB Joe Cox is an interesting character to figure out as he shows both signs of brilliance and embarrassment. Cox has 13 touchdowns with 9 interceptions on the year and has thrown at least 1 pick in every game this season. Georgia offense has not been the big playmaking unit they were a year ago which has resulted in the disappointing 3-4 start. However, all would be forgotten this week with a win over their hated foes.
Pick – Georgia covers +14.5