Florida Vs Iowa Outback Bowl Spread & ATS PickJosh Bailey
The 20th-ranked Florida Gators will look to snap a two-game skid and get the season-ending win over the 21st-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes when the two teams square off in the 2016 Outback Bowl. The annual postseason affair will get underway on Monday, Jan. 2 at 1:00 PM ET, live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and will air live on ABC.
Florida Gators Vs Iowa Hawkeyes Outback Bowl Spread & ATS Pick
Who: Florida Gators (8-4) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4)
When: Monday, January 2, 2017
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Tampa, FL
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Spread: Florida -2.5
Moneyline: Florida -135 vs Iowa +115
Game Total: 40.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Florida vs Iowa
Why Bet The Florida Gators To Beat The Hawkeyes
The Gators (8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS) dropped their last two games of the season and come into their bowl game showdown off a pitiful 54-16 loss against No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
This season, Florida has recorded wins against Massachusetts, Kentucky, North Texas, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina.
The Florida offense is averaging 23.4 points per game to rank an uninspiring 110th in scoring nationally as quarterback Austin Appleby has completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,225 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
Running back Jordan Scarlett has rushed for a team-high 795 yards and a half-dozen touchdowns while wide receiver Antonio Callaway has caught 47 passes for a team-high 666 yards and three scores.
Defensively, Florida has been absolutely stupendous in limiting the opposition to just 17.9 points per game to rank a stellar 11th nationally in points allowed. Marcell Harris has led the Florida defense with 64 tackles and one sack.
Why Bet Iowa Hawkeyes To Beat The Gators
The Hawkeyes (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS) won their final three games of the season and come into this contest off a 40-10 blowout over Nebraska in their finale. This season, Iowa has recorded wins over Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, Rutgers, Iowa State, and Miami (OH).
The Iowa offense is averaging 26.7 points per game to rank 77th in scoring nationally as quarterback C.J. Beathard has completed a modest 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,874 yards with 17 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
Running back LeShun Daniels has rushed for team-high 1,013 yards and 10 touchdowns while fellow back Akrum Wadley has rushed for 966 yards and 10 scores.
Wide receiver Riley McCarron has caught 41 passes for a team-high 506 yards and four touchdowns and the Iowa defense has limited the opposition to just 17.9 points per game to rank a stellar 10th in points allowed nationally.
Florida Vs Iowa Outback Bowl ATS Pick
56 percent of the betting public likes Florida to win and cover the college football betting line, but I disagree and urge you to back the Iowa Hawkeyes to get the outright win and ATS cover.
I really like they competitive spirit that Iowa showed over the second half of the season and I fully believe they are going to use their elite defense to shut down Florida’s mediocre offense while getting a solid effort out of C.J. Beathard to get the win and ATS cover.
Florida is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit home loss, but the Gators are also 0-7 ATS in their last seven non-conference games. While Iowa is just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six neutral site games, the Hawkeyes are also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall
The Hawkeyes finished the season strong while Florida has been mediocre at best recently. Iowa wins outright to over the bowl game betting line.