Tennessee vs. Florida – Gators and Volunteers Take War of Words to the Gridiron
The rumors of the Jacksonville Jaguars targeting Tim Tebow in the 2010 NFL Draft have been overblown. Who cares about the Jaguars anyways?
There’s much debate over whether Tebow will be an effective NFL quarterback since he relies so heavily on his downhill running. But for now, he’s a Gator, and a huge spread is his to protect against Tennessee this weekend.
Tennessee Volunteers (1-1) vs. Florida Gators (2-0)
Saturday, September 19th — Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville — 3:30pm EST
NCAAF Betting Line: Florida -29.5 (52)
The other attention grabbing headlines involve an emerging feud between Tennessee head coach, Lane Kiffin, and Urban Meyer of Florida. Kiffin, who is cutting his teeth as a head coach in college this year, has promised a victory over Florida. I’m used to Rasheed Wallace and Joe Namath guaranteeing victory. But a coach? Hardly.
The Volunteers have amassed 435.5 total yards per game, and have posted 39.0 points per game this season but are just 1-1 SU this season. On top of that, they’ve been flattened by the Gators in the past two years, losing 30-6 in 2008 and 59-20 in 2007. Overall, they’re 2-3-1 ATS when playing on the road in Gainesville and are just 1-4 ATS overall.
The worst thing they could do is stoke the fire against a Gators team that plays with a chip on its shoulder every time they take the field. Tebow is vindictive, and out to reclaim the Heisman trophy he lost to Sam Bradford last year. They’ve managed to accrue a strong spread record against Tennessee, but a near 30-point tilt in their favor is difficult to imagine, especially with Lane and Monte Kiffin in Tennessee this year.
Florida has managed to demolish their two opponents this year by an average differential of -54.5 points. However, Tennessee is a whole different opponent, especially with the heat of the SEC rivalry on the line. While I don’t expect Tennessee to win this game at all, I do expect them to cover the spread. Anything can go wrong on a football field, especially in the SEC, and I’d rather air on the side of caution then vehemently back the Gators with a 4.5 score spread like the oddsmakers have.
Free Pick: Tennessee +29.5 (OVER)