As per usual, Ben Burns is WHITE HOT in December. BKB/FTB is a SICK 8-1 the L3 days & thats just the tip of the iceberg! With Thursday's win, Burns is a PERFECT 7-0 his L7 NFL primetime plays & a SWEET 42-19 w/ his L61 Dec-Feb NFL. College hoops is an EPIC 11-2 this month & 61-40 the L101. NBA 9-2 the L11 & top sides 28-13 YTD. NHL? On a 76-39 RUN!
The Gators bring the higher ranking into this afternoon's game. However, I feel that the Seminoles are favored for good reason. While the Gators are always tough, this year's Seminoles have both depth and talent.
Florida coach Mike White said this of the Noles: "Defensively, they’re the longest, fastest, quickest, most athletic defense I think arguably that we'll play this year. Second-biggest team, I think, numbers-wise in college basketball. They can throw 7-footers at you, 6-foot-10 long fours (power forwards) that can switch on the guards. They're really playing hard. They're pressuring even more than a year ago, pressing even more."
The Noles are perfect on their home floor, outscoring teams by a 96.9 to 68.7 margin here. The Noles have hit better than 54% of their shots here; visiting teams have connected on only 37% of theirs. They've scored 98 or more points five times already this season.
While Florida is already 0-2 ATS as an underdog this season, Florida State is 6-2 ATS as a favorite. Admittedly, recent meetings in this series have been extremely close, the underdog "getting the cash." That said, this pointspread is smaller than it was for those games. With the Gators off a (potentially draining) 10-point loss to Duke, I feel that the surging Seminoles have an excellent shot at covering the small number. Consider laying the points.