Florida vs. Eastern Washington NCAA Football Week 5 Odds

Florida vs. Eastern Washington College Football Betting

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New coach Billy Napier has the support of Gator Nation. Napier took over a dispirited Florida program. But he got the university to commit to major investments in support staff and facilities. Napier has an org chart that would rival most small nations. And after a season opening win over the Utah Utes, the sky seemed to be the limit. But a home loss to the underdog Kentucky Wildcats served as a reality check. And it was an indication that the wrong team was favored. Last week in their SEC rivalry renewal at the Tennessee Volunteers, Florida.

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On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference will host the Eastern Washington Eagles of the FCS. Kickoff time at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, is Noon ET with television coverage on ESPN+ and SECN+.

Of course, this game will generate a huge number on Florida. And understandably so. The Gators still carry the cache of being an SEC power program. At the same time, Eastern Washington carries the stigma of being an obscure FCS program. The Eagles are one of the better FCS programs, but they are stepping way up in class for this matchup. Of major concern was how bad Eastern Washington was beaten at Oregon in week two. And that was against an Oregon team that was humiliated by the Georgia Bulldogs in their season opener.

Last game, the Eastern Washington Eagles lost 38-35 against the visiting Montana State Bobcats. Eastern Washington has a record of 1-2 straight up. In their previous game against a Power Five program, Eastern Washington was annihilated 70-14 at the Oregon Ducks.

The Bobcats survived a scary injury to starting quarterback Tommy Mellott, a late interception, and several close calls on their latest trip to the red turf. No. 4-ranked MSU escaped with a 38-35 win over No. 15 Eastern Washington, winning consecutive games at EWU for the first time in program history.

Mellott went down at the 2:07 mark of the first quarter. The sophomore from Butte rushed up the middle for 11 yards and tried to slide to avoid contact, but two EWU defenders hit him on both sides, and his head hit the turf hard. Mellott lay on his back and appeared motionless for about five minutes as trainers tended to him.

MSU out-gained EWU by 117 yards, with a 355-148 advantage on the ground. One week after receiving just three touches, Elijah Elliott finished with 156 rushing yards and a score on 18 carries and added a 15-yard reception.

Florida Gators Weekly Recap

Last game, the Florida Gators lost 38-33 against the Tennessee Volunteers as 11.5-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 62. Florida has a record of 2-2 straight up, 2-2 against the spread, and 3-1 over/under the total. Florida ranks 69th for total offense, 90th for passing, 33rd for rushing, and 90th for scoring. Defensively they rank 111th overall, 65th against the pass, 123rd against the rush, and 89th for points allowed. Also, Florida ranks 65th for fewest turnovers lost and 62nd for takeaways.

Despite an upper-body injury and the absence of his favorite target, Hendon Hooker was at his best Saturday night. The Tennessee QB threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 112 yards and a score to lead the No. 11 Volunteers to a victory over No. 20 Florida.

It was Tennessee's second win over Florida in the last 18 meetings and snapped a six-game losing streak in the series. The win gave the Volunteers their first 4-0 start since 2016. Tennessee took control in the fourth quarter when it traveled 87 yards for a TD after a fumble by Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Richardson had a career-high 453 passing yards and two touchdowns and ran for 62 and two scores in a raucous Neyland Stadium. Tennessee led 17-14 at halftime following a first half loaded with big offensive plays on both sides.

Hooker, who shook off the injury, threw for 248 yards, including a 70-yard connection with Bru McCoy for the Vols' longest play from scrimmage this season.

2022 Florida Gators Schedule

Sep 3 vs. Utah W 29-26 1-0
Sep 10 vs. Kentucky L 16-26 1-1
Sep 17 vs. USF W 31-28 2-1
Sep 24 at Tennessee L 33-38 2-2
Oct 1 vs. Eastern Washington - -
Oct 8 vs. Missouri - -
Oct 15 vs. LSU - -
Oct 22 OFF
Oct 29 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) - -
Nov 5 at Texas A&M - -
Nov 12 vs. South Carolina - -
Nov 19 at Vanderbilt - -
Nov 25 at Florida State - -
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