Florida vs. Georgia ATS Picks
By Andrew Ryan
The traditions in the SEC are really like none other, especially this time of year. Right around Halloween every single season, fans from the Sunshine State and the Peach State descend upon Jacksonville for the duel between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. UGA has a chance to really put its foot down on the throats of the rest of the SEC East, but Florida has had a history of being a pain in this game, especially when the Dawgs are favored as they are at all of the top online sportsbooks in this one.
Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Date and Time: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
Opening College Football Odds: Georgia -14
Florida vs. Georgia TV Coverage: CBS
It’s good to be a Bulldog right now.
Georgia has started off the year at 7-0, has the SEC East title firmly in its grasp and recently landed the No. 1 recruit in the nation in Justin Fields, a man who will probably be the starting quarterback for the Dawgs in two or three years after redshirting.
Just as Mark Richt deserved a ton of credit for helping put Georgia back on the map, his successor, Kirby Smart deserves the credit for kicking the door down and making this team a relevant club in the College Football Playoff. You’d like to think that UGA is going to be favored in the rest of its games this year outside of perhaps a trip to Jordan-Hare to take on Auburn. Win out in the regular season, and the SEC Championship Game presumably against Alabama might not mean a thing. The SEC is good enough to have two teams in the CFP this year, and the winner of the East and winner of the West could end up fighting it out in the playoff down the line as well.
They said “It’s great to be a Florida Gator” too, but we’re not seeing it at the moment.
Florida has lost consecutive games, is now 3-3, and thanks to losing a game from Hurricane Irma, there’s a real chance this team finishes at 5-6 and isn’t bowl eligible after being ranked in the Top 25 to start the season.
The Gators haven’t scored more than 17 points in any of their three losses this year, and their offense has combined to score just three touchdowns in those three games.
At some point, you have to stop blaming quarterbacks and start blaming coaches. From Treon Harris to Will Grier to Austin Appleby to Luke Del Rio to Malik Zaire to Feleipe Franks… It can’t be possible that all of these men have the exact same problem, right?
Franks is the quarterback du jour at the moment in Gainesville, though as we know, that could change at any given moment. The only reason Franks has a good shot to succeed in this game is because he has two fantastic playmakers in Kadarius Toney and Tyrie Cleveland. These two men are explosive and can stretch the field, and we saw all the problems UGA had stopping the deep pass against Missouri a couple weeks ago.
The difference? Give the Gators three touchdowns, and they’re probably going to win more often than not. Allow three touchdowns to Missouri, and you’re still winning by three or four scores.
Florida vs. Georgia Free Picks
Florida has won 21 of the last 27 games in this series, and though it’s a dog in this one, we have a sense that this defense is going to pull off a big upset in Jacksonville.
If the Gators can force Jake Fromm to put the ball in the air 25-30 times in this one, this could get interesting. We’re not really all that sure if Fromm can really throw the ball or not; we know that he hasn’t had to.
There are just far too many question marks surrounding the Georgia passing game. Parlay that with the Florida dominance in this series over the year, and it’s easy to call this one as an upset.
College Football ATS Pick: Florida +14 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Florida 24, Georgia 17