Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers - 10/4/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Florida Gators (2-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Neyland Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers will meet Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
The Florida Gators have had two weeks to prepare for this game after getting beat up by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jeff Driskel has not improved much at the quarterback position, completing just 56 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and three interceptions. Florida’s ground game has give UF’s offense a spark, as Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones have combined for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. The Gators will look to put the ball in their playmakers hands as much as possible, especially wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who has 23 catches and three touchdowns in the first three games. This is a big game for Driskel and head coach Will Muschamp, as Gator fans aren’t exactly thrilled with what they’ve seen the first month of the season. Defensively, the Florida Gators are allowing 24 points, 406.7 yards, and have forced 12 turnovers and six sacks. Brian Poole leads the Gators with 11 solo tackles and Dante Fowler, Jr. has three tackles for loss.
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The Tennessee Volunteers return home after back-to-back road losses and seek their first conference win of the season. The Vols have quickly become a passing offense behind Justin Worley, as he’s completing 60 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Although suffering a shoulder injury in the game against Georgia, Worley is expected to play in this matchup. The Volunteers have six different players with 100 or more receiving yards, and Marquez North leads the way with three touchdowns. Freshman Jalen Hurd has given Tennessee’s struggling ground game a spark by rushing for over 100 yards in the game against the Bulldogs. Defensively, the Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 23.8 points, 366.3 yards, and have forced eight turnovers and eight sacks. A.J. Johnson leads Tennessee with 46 tackles and Jalen Reeves-Maybin has six tackles for loss.
The Gators are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Volunteers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games and 7-18-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Gators are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Tennessee.
Tennessee has not beaten Florida since 2004 and keeps coming up short against above-average comp. While Florida has been a mess the past two seasons, it still has an elite defense and has had two weeks to prepare, while the Vols are coming off a physical game against the Bluudogs. Plus money? Yes, please.