What Is The Michigan Vs Florida Betting Line?Josh Bailey
No. 17 Florida vs No. 11 Michigan Hosts No. 16 Florida in Matchup of College Football Playoff Hopefuls
Jim Harbaugh and his 11th-ranked Michigan Wolverines will look to kick off their season with a big victory when they play host to Jim McElwain and his 17th-ranked Florida Gators when the two College Football Playoff hopefuls square off at AT&T Stadium on Saturday afternoon in one of the most intriguing regular season openers there is.
The college football Week 1 betting line favors Floriday by 3.5-points to beat visiting Michigan. The game total is 45. Now, let’s find out which team will get the win and which one will see its playoff hopes take a big hit, even in a Week 1 pairing.
What Is The Michigan Wolverines Vs Florida Gators College Football Week 1 Betting Line?
Michigan Wolverines (0-0) at Florida Gators (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium
NCAAF Odds: Florida Gators +3.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Why Bet the Florida Gators Odds at +3.5
Florida won nine games a year ago and were one of the best defensive teams in the nation. Unfortunately, the Gators will kick off their 2017 regular season opener with all sorts of issues. First and foremost, the Gators lost a whopping seven defensive starters to the NFL Draft. Head coach Jim McElwain has also not named his starting quarterback for the upcoming campaign with less than a week remaining and last but not least, McElwain recently suspended seven players for their opener for misuse of school funds, including 2016 leading receiver and special teams star Antonio Callaway and defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis.
Callaway caught a team-high 54 passes last season for 721 yards and four touchdowns while Davis was expected to be a significant contributor on the Gators defensive line. McElwain also has a big question mark under center as he tries to decide between young stud, Felipe Franks, 2016 starter Luke Del Rio and Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire.
The good news is that whoever starts under center will be handing off early and often to steady running back Jordan Scarlett after he rushed for 889 yards and six touchdowns last season. Still, only four starters return from a defense that limited the opposition to just 16.8 points per game to rank sixth nationally.
Why Bet the Michigan Wolverines Odds at -3.5
The Michigan Wolverines went 10-3 last season, mostly because they ranked a stupendous second in points allowed nationally (14.1 ppg). Now, heading into 2017, Michigan looks like they could contend for a berth in the four-team playoff even though they have some areas they need to address
On offense, starting quarterback Wilton Speight is back under center, but he needs new weapons after wide receivers Amara Darboh, and Jehu Chesson and tight end Jake Butt are all off to the NFL. At running back, sophomore Chris Evans, who averaged 7.0 yards per carry last season is expected to carry the majority of the load. The bad news is that the Wolverines will have three new starters on the offensive line in 2017.
On defense, Michigan needs to replace two significant contributors in safety Jabrill Peppers and defensive end Taco Charlton along with an insane – eight other starters from last year’s team. While Harbaugh has plenty of talent to work with in players like defensive end Rashan Gary, sophomore Eddie McDoom and freshmen Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones, clearly the Wolverines are going to be inexperienced on the defensive side of the ball in 2017.
Michigan Vs Florida Week 1 Expert Analysis and Prediction
Michigan may have its share of problems heading into the new season, but not nearly as many as Florida does in this neutral site showdown. I’m expecting Wilton Speight to be the best quarterback on the field in this matchup and Michigan to outplay the offensively-challenged Gators while getting the solid win and ATS cover.
The Wolverines are a near-perfect 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of September while Florida has gone 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games
Michigan smacked Florida senseless in their 41-7 Citrus Bowl win in January of 2016 and should get another win and ATS cover in this regular season opener.
Pick: Michigan 24 Florida 17