Florida Vs Florida State Rivalry Week Upset PickJosh Bailey
One of the great rivalries in all of college football resumes this Saturday when the Florida Gators travel to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles. Florida has beaten Florida State 34 times while Florida State has beaten Florida 22 times. The rivalry week college football odds have the FSU Seminoles favored by 9 points over their state rival Gators.
This season, a lot is on the line for Florida State who has two more games to play in order to go undefeated and garner a spot in the College Football Playoff. Even though Florida State is undefeated, they aren’t ranked number one in the nation according to the Selection Committee. A loss will send FSU out of the Top 4.
Florida Gators at 3 Florida State Seminoles
When: Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 pm ET
Betting Line: Florida State -9
Analyzing My Florida Gators Vs Florida State Seminoles Rivalry Week Upset Pick
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has gotten more mulligans than Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods put together this season. First, Florida State decides to have the Winston inquiry after the regular season ends. Then, the ACC comes out and says that Winston bumping a referee in the BC game was meaningless.
What’s up with this guy? Actually, everybody knows what’s up. The ACC is trying to protect the lone team that they could put into the College Football Playoff and it appears that they are going to do whatever it takes in order to get FSU into the playoff.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 26, 2014
Winston shouldn’t be playing, but even when he does, Florida State hasn’t exactly coasted this season. FSU has been close to losing more often than not in 2014. The last game was a prime example of how this Florida State team is different from last year’s Florida State team. FSU was tied at 17 to 17 with Boston College when the infamous referee bump occurred. Who knows what would have happened if the refs had done what they were supposed to do and that’s assessing a fifteen yard penalty and kick Winston out of the game.
No worries. This Saturday poses Florida State’s biggest test of possibly this entire season now that Notre Dame has turned out to be a dog. FSU battles a decent SEC team in Florida. The Gators sport the tenth best defense in all of college football, it allows only 308.8 yards per game, and the offense isn’t all that bad when racking up 379 yards and 31.6 points per.
More importantly, Florida has beaten some very good teams this season. The Gators beat Tennessee 10 to 9 and Georgia 38 to 20 on the road. They know what it’s like to play in a pressure situation.
The trends definitely point to Florida covering the spread. The Gators are 4 and 1 against the spread in their last 5 games while Florida State is a terrible 1 and 5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0 and 4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, and 2 and 7 against the spread in their last 9 games on grass.
It’s obvious that Florida is the pick against the spread, but if a money line is given, football handicappers should also consider backing the Gators straight up. Eventually, Winston’s antics are going to cost him and the Seminoles.