Pigskin showcase 2007: Florida Gators betting preview

2006 overall record: 13-1 straight up (SU), 5-8 against the spread (ATS)

2006 SEC record: 8-1 SU, 2-7 ATS

 

The SEC was losing its bowl season battle with the Big Ten before the Florida Gators pounded Ohio State in the BCS Championship game last January. Florida entered the title game as a 7-point underdog to the then-undefeated Big Ten champs but won 41-14 by holding the Buckeyes to 82 yards of offense.

 

The win gave Florida 13 wins against only one loss, a 27-17 defeat at Auburn when the Gators had been 2 ½-point road favorites. The SU record left fans in a state of rapture, but backers were regularly let down by the school’s poor ATS showing.

 

The title means even less friendly lines in 2007. Florida is a football factory, one of a handful of schools who reload rather than rebuild, but the Gators lost more talent than most teams could dream of fielding in the first place.

 

The stars

 

The quarterback position is all Tim Tebow’s. We know he can move the pile in short-yardage running situations and has arm strength to spare. The question bettors need answered, however, is whether Tebow can run Florida’s spread as efficiently as Chris Leak did last season. Tebow’s high school numbers were awesome, but he won’t be facing high school defenses this season.

 

He’ll have lots of help from his receiving corps, led by burners Andre Caldwell and do-everything sophomore Percy Harvin. SEC defenses are esteemed for their collective speed, but no one in the conference can stop this pair in one-on-one coverage.

 

Tebow might be operating behind the SEC’s top offensive line as well, a unit returning four starters from last year’s championship squad.

 

Holes and who’ll fill them

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Posted by Gator95
7 years ago

Tebow is really struggling lol. Talent is not equal at all, LSU and Florida then everyone else.
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Posted by Raidernator76
7 years ago

I bet the under 9 1/2 wins on the Gators and the over 10 1/2 for the Warriors of Hawaii
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Posted by bahughes
7 years ago

He knew the offense last year he will be fine. Best O-line,Best Receivers, Improved running game. The offense will give them a chance to win every game 10-2 at worst.
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Posted by giterdun
7 years ago

No game in the SEC is a gimme. Talent is very equal. Tebow will struggle first half of the season. Myer's offense is too complicate to grasp early in the year. 9-3.
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Posted by Roland
7 years ago

Good Topic! Excellent Advice!
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Posted by rwbaker10
7 years ago

darn u
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Posted by Rik
7 years ago

no chance of 11-1. 9-3 at BEST.
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Posted by Rik
7 years ago

"no chance of 11-1. 9-3 at BEST."