Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming college football season. Our Covers Experts give you their insight into these marquee matchups and predict where the odds could move before kickoff.
NCAA Week 14: Florida State Seminoles at Florida Gators (-2.5)
Past history: These teams have met in their regular season finale every year since 1977. They’ve split the last four meetings with the Gators winning in Tallahassee last year thanks to 24 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter.
Early look at Florida State: Following last year’s 12-2 campaign, the Seminoles are a legitimate national title contender in 2013 despite the loss of first-round draft choice E.J. Manuel at quarterback and six NFL draft choices from their defense. With arguably the best offensive line in college football, young QBs Jameis Winston or Jacob Coker will have the protection they need to get this offense clicking.
Early look at Florida: The Gators went 11-1 in the regular season last year before losing badly to Louisville in their bowl game. Junior QB Jeff Driskel needs to step up as the full-time starter this year if the Gators are going to match or exceed last year’s results, thanks to a positively brutal slate of opponents.
Where this line will move: It’s not easy to project where a line will be in late November – injuries, attrition and luck go a long way towards determining which teams will draw betting support at that stage of the season. That being said, Florida’s schedule is brutal compared to Florida State’s, which means the Gators are much more likely to come into this one with a weaker record and less market support. Don’t be surprised if the Seminoles take the money before kickoff.