Florida at Florida State: What bettors need to know
Florida Gators at Florida State Seminoles (+4)
Archrivals come together in Tallahassee as No. 5 Florida pays a visit to Florida State. The Gators are 6-0 for the ninth time in program history and the fourth time under head coach Billy Donovan, excelling with a stifling team defense that has limited opponents to an SEC-leading 48.5 points per game. Only Stephen F. Austin's defense (44.2) has been more suffocating among Division I schools. The Seminoles rebounded from the disappointment of a season-opening loss to South Alabama with four straight wins but have taken consecutive steps back of late, falling to Minnesota and Mercer at home in their last two games.TV:
7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
ABOUT FLORIDA (6-0, 3-1 ATS):
The Gators ran all over Marquette at home last time out, dropping the Golden Eagles 82-49 in Florida's second-highest offensive output of the season. Six players reached double figures for the Gators, led by freshman Michael Frazier II, who totaled 17 points off the Florida bench. The win marked the first time a Gator team had as many as six players score 10 or more since seven accomplished the feat against North Carolina A&T in 2010. Florida has knocked down 47 percent of its field goals, second only to Kentucky (49.2 percent) in the SEC among the top 50 in the nation.ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (4-3, 3-2 ATS):
The Seminoles' loss to Mercer was their first loss to the Bears since 1954 and the latest setback in a troublesome start for the defending ACC champions. Mercer limited senior guard Michael Snaer, Florida State's leading scorer, to just seven points on only six attempts from the field. Snaer enters play against Florida averaging 14.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game - second on the team behind super sub Terrance Shannon, who pulls down 6.9 boards.TRENDS:
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
* Underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
* Gators are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Florida State.TIP-INS:
1. The Gators lead the all-time series against the Seminoles 41-22 and have rolled off three straight.
2. Florida State's defense has been opportunistic, averaging 7.7 steals per game, second only to North Carolina (9.8) in the ACC.
3. A win in Tallahassee would give Florida its fifth 7-0 start and its third under Donovan, who is 10-6 all-time against the Seminoles.