It’s going to be a great weekend for college football in the “Sunshine State.” Florida-Georgia and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, plus a top-ten showdown between undefeateds, Florida State and Miami.
If you need to get ready for the big Saturday night showdown, here’s a short hype video that the ACC put together to get the blood flowing.
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Let’s get to the picks.
Georgia vs Florida
Let’s just call this the “Injury Bowl.” Both teams have been decimated by injuries and each enter this weekend’s showdown in Jacksonville riding two-game losing streaks. Missouri’s holder helped out the Gators and Dawgs. “Laces out Dan!”
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A couple more Tiger losses open the door to Atlanta for these two.
Kelvin Taylor will finally get the start for the Gators, but can the retooled offensive line be able to open any holes. Georgia gets their top running back, Todd Gurley, back from injury and will provide another stiff test for the Gators defense. Aaron Murray has lost most of his weapons, but I’m riding with the senior quarterback who has proven to come through in big games recently.
Pick: Georgia (-2.5)
Miami vs Florida State
Bothe teams are undefeated and both enter Saturday night’s matchup inside the top ten. This is the first time since 2004 that they are both ranked inside the top ten for their annual meeting.
They are close in the rankings, but Vegas doesn’t see it that way. Neither do I. Florida State is a three-touchdown favorite, marking the largest spread for a top-ten matchup in the history of college football.
Florida State is absolutely loaded on the offensive side of the ball, while Miami has some nice pieces, but there are weaknesses.
Pick: Florida State (-21)
Other Games I Like:
Northern Illinois (-23) at UMass
Auburn (-8) at Arkansas
Michigan at Michigan State (-5.5)