It’s a separation week in the SEC. In an afternoon game, #10 Alabama battles #9 Texas A&M that’s going to take out one of the contestants for the College Football Playoff.
Later in the evening, #8 Florida kicks it off against #6 LSU in a game that could possibly kick another team out of the running for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Since coming from behind to beat Tennessee 28 to 27 in late September, Florida has taken apart Ole Miss 38 to 10 and put a 21 to 3 beat down on Missouri. But, Florida has to play the rest of the season without their starting quarterback who has been suspended for a year due to PED use. Does Florida’s season come crashing to an end versus LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The #8 Florida Gators Vs #6 LSU Tigers College Football Week 7 Spread & Other Predictions
What: No. 8 Florida Gators (6-0) at No. 6 LSU Tigers (5-0)
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Baton Rouge, LA
Stadium: Tiger Stadium
Weather: 81° F Scattered Clouds
Spread: LSU -7
Moneyline: Florida +210 vs LSU -250
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Florida vs LSU
Why Bet On #8 Florida to Beat #6 LSU (-6.5)
Without Will Greir at QB, Florida is going to find it tough to move the football.
Florida looked like an obvious underdog money line play to beat LSU on Saturday until some bad news hit Gainesville this past Monday. Florida starting QB Will Greir has been suspended for a year for using performance enhancing drugs. Greir was completing 65.6% of his passes. He had thrown 13 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. He had thrown for 1202 yards.
— ESPN (@espn) October 12, 2015
Without Greir, Florida’s offense becomes more one-dimensional. LSU doesn’t have as good of a defense as its ever had, but the D, in particular the secondary, is going to have a much easier time defending against QB Treon Harris than they would have had defending against Greir.
Why Bet On #6 LSU (-6.5) to Beat #8 Florida
With 8-5 odds, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is the early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
We’re at the halfway point in the 2015-2016 College Football Season and according to the odds makers, the Heisman Trophy race is all but over. LSU running back Leonard Fournette is the clear favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 13, 2015
In only 5 games, Fournette has rushed for 1022 yards. He’s scored 12 touchdowns. He’s averaging an amazing 8.4 yards per rush attempt. But, even though Fournette might be the best running back to come out LSU, well, ever, he’s still not unstoppable. Fournette has beaten up on Mississippi State, Auburn, Syracuse, Eastern Michigan and South Carolina. Not a single one of those teams is ranked. Almost as important is the fact that not a single one of those teams has less than 1 loss, meaning that every one of those teams has lost to someone other than LSU.
Florida is undefeated. The Gators’ defense has really come together in a way that should scare LSU’s fans. For the season, the Gators are allowing 100.5 rushing yards on average per game. Florida held Ole Miss to 69 rushing yards and a 2.1 per rush average. Missouri did rush for 106 yards against Florida, but the Gators held the Tigers to a 3.9 per completion average and 151 total passing yards. Florida has the defense to slow down Fournette and the LSU rushing attack.
Do the Gators have enough to pull off the upset? That’s not likely. LSU won’t mind playing a clean shirt dirtying, knock down and drag it out fight in the trenches. After all, the Tigers have Leonard Fournette and Florida does not. My final score prediction is LSU 16, Florida 14.