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Florida Gators National Betting - Orange Bowl Odds
The Florida Gators will be taking part in a New Year’s Six bowl game for the second straight season. Dan Mullen has rejuvenated this program since taking over last year, and the Gators have established themselves as the second-best team in the SEC East. Although he has been unable to recreate the halcyon days of the Urban Meyer era, he has Florida in its best shape in over a decade. The Gators are clearly the best team in the Sunshine State, and they will get to impress fans and potential recruits in talent rich south Florida on December 30 when UF takes on the Virginia Cavaliers. Florida is one of the biggest favorites per the college football betting odds in bowl season.
Orange Bowl Odds
Florida Gators -14.5
Virginia Cavaliers +14.5
The oddsmakers expect Florida to hammer Virginia to close out its season. The Wahoos just wrapped up their best season in more than two decades, winning the ACC Coastal for the first time in their history. They are making their first trip to the Orange Bowl, and one man is largely to thank for that.
Bryce Perkins had a phenomenal season for UVA. He was the only real star on a team that finished the season 45th in SP+, accounting for over 78 percent of the Cavaliers’ offense. Perkins threw for over 3,200 yards, averaging 7.1 YPA, while leading the team with 745 rushing yards too.
Hasise Dubois is the deep ball threat on this team, as Terrell Jana and Joe Reed are largely used on underneath routes. Dubois is 21 yards away from 1,000 receiving yards on the season as the most dangerous option on this team, while Reed leads the team in receiving touchdowns despite averaging just 9.0 YPC.
Wayne Taulapapa is the primary running back, but he is second fiddle to Perkins. He has yet to run for more than 80 rushing yards in a game this season, and he hasn’t cracked 50 yards since late October.
Star cornerback C.J. Henderson will sit out the Orange Bowl as he has declared early for the NFL Draft, but Mullen expects everyone else to participate at the moment. That’s big news as Jonathan Greenard, Jabari Zuniga, and Marco Wilson are all expected to be drafted in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. Greenard and Zuniga are seniors, while Wilson has yet to decide whether he is returning or coming out.
Florida’s offense has been much better than anyone expected after losing Feleipe Franks. Kyle Trask is playing well, and that led to Franks deciding to transfer last week. Trask is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for over 2,600 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He isn’t a mobile threat, but backup Emory Jones succeeds in that capacity.
Kyle Pitts is Trask’s favorite target, and the large tight end earned all-conference honors thanks to his consistent efforts throughout 2019. Pitts led the Gators with 51 receptions and 610 receiving yards, showcasing his receiving talents. Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain, and Trevon Grimes round out a solid receiving corps that Trask has targeted relatively evenly during the season.
The Gators haven’t had a good run game though. Lamical Perine is leading Florida with 538 rushing yards, but he is averaging just 4.5 YPC. That pales in comparison to most other running backs and run games in the SEC, and that will be an area Mullen looks to improve in the offseason.
Virginia has a decent defense, but the Cavaliers have really struggled against the pass. Trevor Lawrence torched this secondary, and UVA is allowing 7.9 YPA this season.
Regular Season Recap
Florida rose to as high as No. 6 in the polls this year after starting the season 6-0. After Trask took over for the injured Franks, he led the Gators past Tennessee and Towson in blowouts before Auburn came to town. The Gators announced that they were a team to be reckoned with by beating No. 7 Auburn behind an outstanding performance from their defense. Bo Nix completed just 11 of 27 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in the loss.
That led to a highly anticipated showdown with LSU in the bayou, but the Gators were no match for the Tigers. Joe Burrow shredded this defense in a 42-28 rout that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.
The Gators beat former coach Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks, but they couldn’t get past Georgia for the third straight year. That defeat ended their hopes of competing for a national championship, yet they rallied to beat Vanderbilt and Missouri handily prior to their season finale against Florida State.
Trask torched the Seminoles defense in one of the biggest blowouts this rivalry has seen. Florida hammered Florida State 40-17, beating the Seminoles at home for the first time this decade. The Gators posted twice as many first downs as their rivals and outgained the Seminoles 467 yards to 250 yards in the win.
2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule
||LOCATION / TIME
|College Football Playoff
||Atlanta, GA / 4 PM
||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
||Glendale, AZ / 8 PM
||No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
||CFP National Championship
||New Orleans, LA / 8 PM
|Selection Committee Bowl Games
||Arlington, TX / Noon
||No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
||Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM
||No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
||Pasadena, CA / 5 PM
||No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
||New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM
||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
|Other Bowl Games
||Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM
||Buffalo vs. Charlotte
||Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM
||Kent State vs. Utah State
||Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM
||Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
||New Mexico Bowl
||Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM
||Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
||Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM
||Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
||Boca Raton Bowl
||Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM
||FAU vs. SMU
||Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM
||Arkansas State vs. Florida International
||Las Vegas Bowl
||Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM
||No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
||New Orleans Bowl
||New Orleans, LA / 9 PM
||No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
||Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM
||Marshall vs. UCF
||Honolulu, HI / 8 PM
||BYU vs. Hawai'i
||Shreveport, LA / 4 PM
||Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
||Quick Lane Bowl
||Detroit, MI / 8 PM
||Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
||Annapolis, MD / Noon
||North Carolina vs. Temple
||The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM
||Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
||Houston, TX / 6:45 PM
||No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
||San Diego, CA / TBA
||No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
||Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM
||Air Force vs. Washington State
||Camping World Bowl
||Orlando, FL / Noon
||No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
||First Responder Bowl
||University Park, TX / 12:30 PM
||Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
||Music City Bowl
||Nashville, TN / 4 PM
||Louisville vs. Mississippi State
||Santa Clara, CA / TBA
||California vs. Illinois
||Charlotte, NC / Noon
||Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
||El Paso, TX / 2 PM
||Arizona State vs. Florida State
||Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM
||Georgia State vs. Wyoming
||San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM
||No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
||Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM
||Kansas State vs. Navy
||Tampa, FL / 1 PM
||No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
||Orlando, FL / 1 PM
||No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
||Birmingham, AL / 3 PM
||No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
||Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM
||Indiana vs. Tennessee
||Idaho Potato Bowl
||Boise, ID / 3:30 PM
||Nevada vs. Ohio
||Armed Forces Bowl
||Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM
||Southern Miss vs. Tulane
||Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM
||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)
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