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Written by Ryan on September 2, 2013

Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida Gators Free Pick 9/7/13: Ryan's Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
Photo by: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators head down to Miami to play the Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Miami Hurricanes welcome in the Florida Gators on Saturday.

The Hurricanes started off their season by beating the Florida Atlantic Owls 34-6 on Friday night. Star RB Duke Johnson led the way for the Hurricanes, finishing with 19 carries for 186 yards and one touchdown. Miami out gained the Owls 503 to 250, while each team turned the ball over once. Miami committed 8 penalties for 67 yards and did not play well on third down, converting 4 of 14. QB Stephen Morris threw for 160 yards and another score for the Hurricanes. The Miami defense looked strong, only giving up 117 yards through the air. Wisconsin transfer David Gilbert recovered a fumble deep in FAU territory for the Hurricanes, which led to Miami’s fourth touchdown of the night. It’s hard to say how much of the offensive or defensive schemes we truly saw with Florida on deck for Miami. The Hurricanes may have kept it simple in order to not give the Gators looks for this week’s rivalry game. Either way, Miami did not look sharp at times in this game and they will need to play a near perfect game to take down the Gators on Saturday. Miami needs to establish the run early and often in order to open things up down field. On the other side of the ball, the front seven for Miami will need to play at their highest level in order to pull off the upset.

The Florida Gators won their season opener against Toledo on Saturday, 24-6. The win marked Florida’s 24th consecutive season-opening victory, the second-longest active streak in the country. Many people thought Florida would struggle against Toledo, but the Gators dominated from the start, wearing down Toledo in 90-degree heat and sweltering humidity. RB Mack Brown led the way for the Gators, rushing for 112 and two touchdowns in the victory. Brown was making his first career start, in the lineup in place of RB Matt Jones, who was recovering from a viral infection and will be back for this week’s game against Miami. QB Driskel completed 17 of 22 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown, while WR Burton had 5 catches for 69 yards for Florida. The Gator Defense held a good Toledo offense to 205 total yards, and only 50 rushing yards. Florida possessed the ball for almost 40 minutes of the game, keeping the Rockets offense off the field for two-thirds of the game. Florida will have to play the same quality of defense against the Hurricanes powerful offense this Saturday.

This is one of the biggest rivalries in college football and it sets up to be a great game on Saturday in Miami. My initial lean is towards Florida because they are an SEC team going up against an inferior ACC team. Florida definitely has the edge on defense and after shutting down a solid Toledo offense, I think the Hurricanes could find it hard to score in this game. Miami has good talent on defense but I think Florida will be able to move the ball and find a way to win this game. I’m taking the Gators to get a 10-point win on the road.

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Ryan's Pick: Florida -3


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