Let’s see which team is the takes the win on this Gators at Tigers betting preview.
The Florida Gators (4-2) are about to head to Death Valley to take on the 3-3 Tigers in an SEC matchup this Saturday. Florida just easily took out Vanderbilt last week, 42-0, this past weekend, while the Tigers suffered an unexpected loss against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky rolled away with a 42-21 victory, and the Tigers are looking to put themselves back in position.
Florida Has No Trouble With Vanderbilt
Florida made easy work of Vanderbilt last week, but they still haven’t gotten respect in the polls. They maintained their spot at 20 on the AP Top 25 list, mostly because of errors committed in that game. Vanderbilt was denied a touchdown and three field goals, which, although not enough, would have resulted in a different outcome.
The Gators’ defense wasn’t organized, and the offense was, at times, uncoordinated. However, Vanderbilt isn’t a good indication of Florida’s true ability, either. It is ranked 121st in offense but had more first downs and held the ball longer. The Gators gave up 200 yards in the first half, and the final score wasn’t indicative of Florida being a truly superior team.
However, the Gators still have one of the best offenses in NCAA Football this year. They’re ranked tenth in total offense and have a rushing attack that is almost unstoppable. With the way LSU played last week, they’re going to need to develop a stronger defensive strategy to take on the Gators.
LSU’s Offense Needs Tuning
LSU’s offense has demonstrated some potential this year, but mistakes on the line are costing the team points. If Max Johnson, one of the best quarterbacks in college football with an average of 346 yards in the air, can get more support, he could be unstoppable. In the last three games, he’s been sacked nine times.
Tyrion Davis-Price has led a strong running attack, collecting 147 yards and two touchdowns, but can’t get the line to consistently give him spots to punch through. LSU has tried to make some adjustments as a result, and it will be interesting to see if they pay off this Saturday.
Both Teams Have Mixed Odds Histories
The Gators are 14-6 straight up across their last 20 games, while the Tigers are 16-4 when playing at home. In their last eight against the Tigers, the Gators have only gone 2-6 straight up and 1-4 when taking on LSU on the road.
In Week 7 games for the last seven seasons, the Tigers have gone 6-0-1 against the spread (ATS), while Florida is 0-5 ATS in their last five road games. All of this points to an interesting matchup for Saturday, with a potentially high-scoring game ahead. The Over has hit four times in the last six games involving LSU and an SEC team and four out of five against East Division teams.
Expect a great game on Saturday, but Florida is a good target. LSU is now ranked last in the SEC, and the Gators are ready to turn up the heat from their most recent win.